Summary: It’s National Grandparents Day. How did it all get started?
Grandparents Day Sermon 2018
Genesis 5: 21 – 32
“21 When Enoch had lived 65 years, he became the father of Methuselah. 22 After he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked faithfully with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters. 23 Altogether, Enoch lived a total of 365 years. 24 Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.
25 When Methuselah had lived 187 years, he became the father of Lamech. 26 After he became the father of Lamech, Methuselah lived 782 years and had other sons and daughters. 27 Altogether, Methuselah lived a total of 969 years, and then he died.
28 When Lamech had lived 182 years, he had a son. 29 He named him Noah and said, ‘He will comfort us in the labor and painful toil of our hands caused by the ground the Lord has cursed.’. 30 After Noah was born, Lamech lived 595 years and had other sons and daughters. 31 Altogether, Lamech lived a total of 777 years, and then he died.
32 After Noah was 500 years old, he became the father of 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?
In Genesis 6: 8 & 9 the Bible says, “8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord. 9 This is the account of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.”.
So, Enoch walked with God and so did his great grandson Noah! Grandparents do you think your faith will affect future generations? You better believe it will.
Grandparents are you living a life like Enoch’s?
I want you to listen to what Hebrews 11:5 says, “5 By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death: “He could not be found, because God had taken him away.” For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God.”.
Don’t you want your children, your grandchildren, and your great grandchildren to turn out like Noah?
Look at some of the fruit in Noah’s life:
#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 that’s found in the book of Ezekiel.
Ezekiel 14: 13 & 14 says, “13 Son of man, if a country sins against me by being unfaithful and I stretch out my hand against it to cut off its food supply and send famine upon it and kill its people and their animals, 14 even if these three men—Noah, Daniel and Job—were in it, they could save only themselves by their righteousness, declares the Sovereign Lord.”.
Was it easy for Noah to be a righteous man?
Look with me at Genesis 6: 5 – 7. Here we read, “5 The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. 6 The Lord regretted that He had made human beings on the earth, and His heart was deeply troubled. 7 So the Lord said, ‘I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created—and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground—for I regret that I have made them.”.