Gen. 5:1 This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him;
Gen. 5:2 Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.
In chapter 5 God again reminds us that man was created in the likeness (resemblance) of God. It is also emphasized that we were created male and female. God called them Adam (the Hebrew root means a human being or the species of mankind).
Following begins a record of the family history of Adam’s descendants. Comments will follow the listing.
Gen. 5:3 And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth:
Gen. 5:4 And the days of Adam after he had begotten Seth were eight hundred years: and he begat sons and daughters:
Gen. 5:5 And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died.
Gen. 5:6 And Seth lived an hundred and five years, and begat Enos:
Gen. 5:7 And Seth lived after he begat Enos eight hundred and seven years, and begat sons and daughters:
Gen. 5:8 And all the days of Seth were nine hundred and twelve years: and he died.
Gen. 5:9 And Enos lived ninety years, and begat Cainan:
Gen. 5:10 And Enos lived after he begat Cainan eight hundred and fifteen years, and begat sons and daughters:
Gen. 5:11 And all the days of Enos were nine hundred and five years: and he died.
Gen. 5:12 And Cainan lived seventy years, and begat Mahalaleel:
Gen. 5:13 And Cainan lived after he begat Mahalaleel eight hundred and forty years, and begat sons and daughters:
Gen. 5:14 And all the days of Cainan were nine hundred and ten years: and he died.
Gen. 5:15 And Mahalaleel lived sixty and five years, and begat Jared:
Gen. 5:16 And Mahalaleel lived after he begat Jared eight hundred and thirty years, and begat sons and daughters:
Gen. 5:17 And all the days of Mahalaleel were eight hundred ninety and five years: and he died.
Gen. 5:18 And Jared lived an hundred sixty and two years, and he begat Enoch:
Gen. 5:19 And Jared lived after he begat Enoch eight hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:
Gen. 5:20 And all the days of Jared were nine hundred sixty and two years: and he died.
Gen. 5:21 And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah:
Gen. 5:22 And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:
Gen. 5:23 And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years:
Gen. 5:24 And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.
Gen. 5:25 And Methuselah lived an hundred eighty and seven years, and begat Lamech:
Gen. 5:26 And Methuselah lived after he begat Lamech seven hundred eighty and two years, and begat sons and daughters:
Gen. 5:27 And all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred sixty and nine years: and he died.
Gen. 5:28 And Lamech lived an hundred eighty and two years, and begat a son:
Gen. 5:29 And he called his name Noah, saying, This same shall comfort us concerning our work and toil of our hands, because of the ground which the LORD hath cursed.
Gen. 5:30 And Lamech lived after he begat Noah five hundred ninety and five years, and begat sons and daughters:
Gen. 5:31 And all the days of Lamech were seven hundred seventy and seven years: and he died.
Gen. 5:32 And Noah was five hundred years old: and Noah begat Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
The thing that stands out first in the genealogy is the age to which the men lived and were fathering children.
Enoch had the shortest life span on this earth (365 years) and Methusaleh the longest (969 years). Only Jared and Methusaleh lived longer than Noah, who lived to the age of 950 (cf 9:29).
Enoch is the only one described as having “walked with God.” Then we are told that “he was no more, because God took him away”--Just a statement; no other explanation is given. No description of how the people responded when he was taken. Evidently, it was an accepted fact that God took him. Enoch is an obvious type of the rapture of the church. Enoch was “taken” 69 years before Noah was born.
Greg Laurie spoke at a service regarding Enoch’s walk with God. He pointed out that the scripture only specifies that two men walked with God—Enoch and Noah (Genesis 6:9). He made a connection to a verse in Amos that speaks volumes.
Amos 3:3 “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?”
He also pointed out that the writer of Hebrews tells us that Enoch had a testimony (a witness, his life gave evidence) that he pleased God. The obvious question—Does my testimony do the same? The only significant thing I found about Enoch that he didn’t bring up was that Enoch was a prophet according to Jude; he prophesied that the Lord would come to earth with His saints in judgment of the ungodly.
Jude 14-15 “And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.”
Adam and Seth both lived until the time of Lamech, Noah’s father.
Methuselah died the year of the great flood.
Another interesting fact is that Noah’s descendants were born after he was 500 years old. In comparing the wording of the preceding genealogical info, one could deduce that Shem, Ham & Japheth were triplets. Genesis 10:21 indicates that Japheth was the elder brother to Shem. Genesis 11:10 states that Shem was 100 when his first child was born two years after the flood; this would mean that Noah was 502 when Shem was born.
Noah was contemporary with all the patriarchs except Adam, Seth, and Enoch.
All the patriarchs listed were dead before the flood.
At some point I made note of a teaching about the gospel through the meanings of the names of the patriarchs. I searched the internet to try to find the source. One site mentioned Chuck Missler as her source, and he would have been a likely source for my note.
Adam Man – mankind
Mahalalel the Blessed God
Jared shall come down – descends
Enoch teaching or dedicating (commencement)
Methuselah his death shall bring
Lamech the despairing
Noah rest or comfort
“Man (is) appointed mortal sorrow; (but) the Blessed God shall come down, teaching (or) dedicating; His death shall bring the despairing rest.”