This is the record of Adam’s descendants. On the day God created humanity, he made them to resemble God
and created them male and female.
He blessed them and called them humanity on the day they were created.
Imagine living as long as Methuselah—969 years! If a person were to come to the end of his or her life this year and have lived as long as Methuselah, it would have meant that the person was born in 1034, and have lived just about the whole second millennium! This would have been during the formation of all the nations of Europe…and all those wars, right up till now!
How come we don’t live that long today? It seems that one of the purposes of the sacred writer of the book of Genesis is to say that after Adam and Eve, things started to get worse. Not only did death come into the world, but death at an earlier age. In fact, the life expectancy just a few centuries ago was somewhere around the age of 50. Modern medicine helps us live longer, but living better is up to each one of us. To live well, we must follow the deepest wishes of our heart. That’s the whole point about living in the Body of Jesus: we get to live longer than Methuselah; in fact, we will live forever!
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
Made in the likeness of God Gen 5:1
For more information about this creative way to pray,
see Bible Breaths.
Saturdays are dedicated to the Sabbath Torah portions
read in synagogues throughout the world.
This plan follows those traditions that take a third of the portion
over a three year cycle, this year, the second part.
For more about the Torah portions and thoughtful commentaries, visit
The Jewish Theological Seminary.
These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook. You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet. More information…