You know those long genealogy lists in the Bible? The ones we tend to skim over, wondering why they’re even there? Well, they’re not there for nothing.
Earlier this year, my Bible reading plan had me in the book of Genesis. Genesis starts by telling the creation story, but then when you get to Chapter 5 you run face-first into a genealogy. Each genealogy in the Bible looks a little different, but this one goes something like this: when so-and-so had lived so many years, he fathered his son so-and-so, then lived so many more years. When his son so-and-so had lived so many years, he fathered his son so-and-so, and lived so many more years.
And so on, and so forth.
As I was reading through, I realized each person was around the same age when they started having kids (relatively speaking, keeping in mind people in those days lived to be hundreds and hundreds of years old). One guy was 130. Another 105. One was 90, another 70, one 65, one 162, one 187, one (blink) 182.
Until you get to Noah.