Summary: Here’s a sermon for Grandparents Day at your church. It includes an amusing story about elderly grandparents.

Grandparents Day Sermon

Genesis 5:21-32

21 Enoch lived sixty-five years, and begot Methuselah.

22After he begot Methuselah, Enoch walked with God three hundred years, and had sons and daughters.

23So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years.

24And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.

25Methuselah lived one hundred and eighty-seven years, and begot Lamech. 26After he begot Lamech, Methuselah lived seven hundred and eighty-two years, and had sons and daughters.

27So all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred and sixty-nine years; and he died.

28Lamech lived one hundred and eighty-two years, and had a son.

29And he called his name Noah, saying, "This one will comfort us concerning our work and the toil of our hands, because of the ground which the LORD has cursed."

30After he begot Noah, Lamech lived five hundred and ninety-five years, and had sons and daughters.

31So all the days of Lamech were seven hundred and seventy-seven years; and he died.

32And Noah was five hundred years old, and Noah begot Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

It’s National Grandparents Day.

How did it all get started?

Marian McQuade and her husband Joe

were residents of Fayette County, West Virginia,

They were the parents of 15 children,

grandparents of 40

and great grandparents of 8.

In 1973, after a 5-year campaign,

Mrs. McQuade pushed legislation that Congress passed

proclaiming the first Sunday after Labor Day

as National Grandparents Day.

September was chosen to honor Grandparents

because it symbolized the "autumn years" of life.

President Jimmy Carter signed the proclamation.

Today, I’m going to tell you about an elderly couple.

One day, Grandpa Henry was sitting in the park with a 75 year old man. Henry discovered that this other 75 year old Grandpa had just married a 25 year old woman. Grandpa Henry was amazed. "Your wife must be very attractive", he said. "No, not really," replied the older man. Henry thought for a moment and then he said, "Then she must be a great cook and housekeeper." "No she’s not much for that, either, said the man." Henry thought for a moment and then asked, "Then why did you marry her?" The 75 year old Grandpa yawned and said, "Because she can drive at night."

How many of you are grandparents?

Do you think your life

will have any influence on your grandchildren?

How about your great grandchildren?

In Genesis 5, we get an account of a man named Enoch.

He was the Father of Methuselah.

Methuselah was the father of Lamech.

Lamech was the father of Noah.

The Bible says Enoch walked close to God.

What does the Bible tell us about Noah?

Genesis 6:8-9 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. 9 This is the genealogy of Noah. Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God.

So Enoch walked with God and so did his great grandson Noah!

Grandparents do you think your faith

will effect future generations?

You better believe it will.

Grandparents are we living a life like Enoch’s?

Listen to what Hebrews 11:5 By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death; AND HE WAS NOT FOUND BECAUSE GOD TOOK HIM UP; for he obtained the witness that before his being taken up he was pleasing to God.

Don’t you want your children, grandchildren,

and great grandchildren to turn out like Noah?

Look at some of the fruit in his life:

Point #1 Noah was a righteous man in a totally corrupt age.

We saw earlier in Genesis 6:8-9 that Noah walked with God.

There’s another testimony to Noah’s life in Ezekiel.

Ezekiel 14:13-14

"Son of man, when a land sins against Me by persistent unfaithfulness, I will stretch out My hand against it; I will cut off its supply of bread, send famine on it, and cut off man and beast from it. 14 Even if these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they would deliver only themselves by their righteousness," says the Lord GOD.

Was it easy for Noah to be a righteous man?

Genesis 6:5-7

Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And the LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. 7 So the LORD said, "I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them."

That sounds like the way things are today!

It would be easy for us grandparents to be like all the rest.

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