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FRAMEWORKS: Genesis 5: Family Tree from Adam to Noah

 

v.1-5 Adam

v.6-28 The New Line

v.29-32 Noah

 

For notes, see end of chapter

 

v.1-5 Adam

 

v.1 This is the written account of Adam's family line . When God created mankind, he made them in the likeness of God.

v.2 He created them male and female and blessed them. And he named them “Mankind” when they were created.

v.3 When Adam had lived 130 years, he had a son in his own likeness, in his own image; and he named him Seth.

v.4 After Seth was born, Adam lived 800 years and had other sons and daughters.

v.5 Altogether, Adam lived a total of 930 years, and then he died.

 

 

v.6-28 The New Line

 

v.6 When Seth had lived 105 years, he became the father of Enosh.

v.7 After he became the father of Enosh, Seth lived 807 years and had other sons and daughters.

v.8 Altogether, Seth lived a total of 912 years, and then he died.

v.9 When Enosh had lived 90 years, he became the father of Kenan.

v.10 After he became the father of Kenan, Enosh lived 815 years and had other sons and daughters.

v.11 Altogether, Enosh lived a total of 905 years, and then he died.

v.12 When Kenan had lived 70 years, he became the father of Mahalalel.

v.13 After he became the father of Mahalalel, Kenan lived 840 years and had other sons and daughters.

v.14 Altogether, Kenan lived a total of 910 years, and then he died.

v.15 When Mahalalel had lived 65 years, he became the father of Jared.

v.16 After he became the father of Jared, Mahalalel lived 830 years and had other sons and daughters.

v.17 Altogether, Mahalalel lived a total of 895 years, and then he died.

v.18 When Jared had lived 162 years, he became the father of Enoch.

v.19 After he became the father of Enoch, Jared lived 800 years and had other sons and daughters.

v.20 Altogether, Jared lived a total of 962 years, and then he died.

v.21 When Enoch had lived 65 years, he became the father of Methuselah.

v.22 After he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked faithfully with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters.

v.23 Altogether, Enoch lived a total of 365 years.

v.24 Enoch walked faithfully with God ; then he was no more, because God took him away.

v.25 When Methuselah had lived 187 years, he became the father of Lamech.

v.26 After he became the father of Lamech, Methuselah lived 782 years and had other sons and daughters.

v.27 Altogether, Methuselah lived a total of 969 years, and then he died.

v.28 When Lamech had lived 182 years, he had a son.

 

 

v.29-32 Noah

 

v.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.”

v.30 After Noah was born, Lamech lived 595 years and had other sons and daughters.

v.31 Altogether, Lamech lived a total of 777 years, and then he died.

v.32 After Noah was 500 years old, he became the father of Shem, Ham and Japheth.

 

[Notes: Although a somewhat basic chapter, various points of interest need highlighting.

 

v.1-5 Adam:

•  The opening of “this is the written account” v.1 appears similarly later with 6:9 in respect of Noah, 10:1 of Shem (and his immediate family), 11:10 of Shem's family line, 11:27 of Terah, 25:12 of Ishmael, 25:19 of Isaac, 36:1,9 of Esau, and 37:2 of Jacob, i.e. up to the embryonic nation of Israel. What is particularly interesting is that seven of the nine references follow the family tree from Adam and Seth to Israel but two others, Ishmael & Esau, are included almost as if to honour them as having been involved in it along the way, but are not part of it.
•  The first five verses reiterate something of what has gone before – of God creating mankind in His likeness, mankind meaning male and female (v.1,2), of children maintaining this likeness of God (v.3), as if to emphasise that ALL humans are in this likeness [see earlier].
•  The ages of the people in this chapter appear very long to us but perhaps the easiest explanation is that starting from a sin-free world they lived much longer but, apart from Kenan, Jared & Methuselah, their ages get slightly shorter with every generation. All such explanations are really speculative. [The reader should by now have realised that there are various details in the early chapters of Genesis over which it is not wise to be dogmatic! The fact that we cannot be sure about them does not mean they are untrue, or that it in any way impinges on the integrity of the text as a whole, simply that the whole picture is not given.]
•  The fact that every name in the chapter, except Enoch, ends in death affirms the warning from the beginning of the consequence of sin.

 

v.6-28 The New Line:

•  we have identified this as a new line because from Seth the Bible follows a family tree that eventually arrives at Abram.
•  as noted above, with few exceptions the life-spans gradually reduce over that period but are still very long by modern standards.
•  Enoch, v.21-24, particularly stands out as someone who had a strong relationship with the Lord and who is not recorded as dying but simply went to heaven (assumed)
•  Methuselah achieves fame for being the longest to live.

 

v.29-32 Noah

•  and so we eventually reach Noah who is intriguingly given a name which has within it connotations referring to him being a comfort in the hardness of life in this world. He has three sons and Shem will be the one who carries the family tree on to Abram.]

       

    

Lessons or Challenges to Ponder from Genesis Chapter 5

1. Adam has a third son, Seth, who will start off the family tree of the Messiah. Definitely God of second chances who works on the long-term picture.

2. Centuries pass without apparently significant events, and yet in the midst of the insignificant appears Enoch who ‘walked with God', but more than that, walked faithfully with God [v.22,24] No one else may be significant in their mundane lives, but can mine be significant by my walk with God?

   

    

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