Genesis 5: From Adam to Noah

June 5, 2023 ·

Summary:
Adam’s line was: Seth, Enosh, Kenan, Mahalalel, Jared, Enoch, Methuselah, Lamech and Noah. Noah’s sons were Shem, Ham and Japheth.

Key Verses:
1-2 This is the book of the generations of Adam. When God created man, he made him in the likeness of God. Male and female he created them, and he blessed them and named them Man when they were created.

My thoughts:
The seventh in line from Adam through Cain was Lamech, an arrogant and polygamous man. On the other hand, the seventh in line from Adam through Seth was Enoch, who walked so closely with God that he was chosen not to experience death. This is a rarity in the Bible, as most great men, like Moses and Jesus, did die, although Elijah was taken away from the Earth instead of dying. In the first century, some Christians thought St. John would never die, but St. John openly refuted this in John 21:23.

I find it intriguing that despite being the firstborn of Adam, the line of Cain did not receive God’s anointing. Instead, God bestowed His favor upon the line of Seth, through Enoch and Noah. This emphasizes that God is more interested in how people live rather than their apparent birthrights. David and Jacob serve as additional examples, though Jacob’s actions were somewhat deceptive.

Genesis records these people as living to extremely old ages, with Methuselah reaching the age of 969. Clearly, people no longer live that long, so how can we accept these figures? There are several ways to interpret these numbers. One approach is to see them symbolically, such as Lamech (of Seth) living 777 years, which aligns with the associations of the name ‘Lamech’ as established in Gen 4:24. Similarly, Enoch’s 365 years on Earth may symbolize a full life, correlating with the 365 days in a year.

Another perspective is that these figures do not represent literal 365-day years. Considering the limited calendar technology of the time, these numbers could signify shorter periods of time. The Hebrew word for ‘year’ might have denoted a shorter timeframe during that early stage.

A third viewpoint is to accept that they actually lived that long. This perspective is favored by those who interpret Genesis 1-11 literally. They argue that people lived longer shortly after the fall, and lifespans decreased due to the declining nature of the fallen world, possibly exacerbated by early instances of incest. While God stated in the following chapter that future generations would live a maximum of 120 years, this limit does not appear to be enforced until a considerably later time.

Interestingly, by calculating the ages mentioned and noting that the flood occurred when Noah was 600 years old (Gen 7:6), it becomes apparent that Methuselah, Noah’s grandfather, died during the flood or in the same year. This correlation suggests that there may be truth in these figures, as they align with each other without the author of Genesis explicitly pointing it out.

And to think, I initially believed I had nothing to say about genealogies!

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Extra Hidden message:
Below are the name meanings:
Adam: Man
Seth: Appointed
Enosh: Mortal
Kenan: Sorrow
Mahalalel: The Blessed God
Jared: Shall come down
Enoch: Teaching, or commencement
Methuselah: His death shall bring
Lamech: Despairing
Noah: Rest, or comfort

Man (is) appointed mortal sorrow; (but) the Blessed God shall come down teaching (that) His death shall bring (the) despairing rest.

The gospel spelled out here for us in the book of Genesis!!! Wow!

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