HBS Genesis 5:1-32
This is the book of the generations of Adam.
Since the creation of Adam, approximately 1500 years have gone by more or less. And the LORD God has been patient with mankind.
However, God’s patience with sinners, although sometimes long, is always limited as we soon will discover.
The first two verses review events which occurred some time ago. There’s no need to go over these subjects again.
3: When Adam had lived one hundred and thirty years, he became the father of a son in his own likeness (Likeness = manner or like-fashion), according to his image (Image = Adam was made in the image of God; but now he is fallen and corrupted. He begat a son in his own image, sinful and defiled, frail and mortal, and miserable like himself; not only a man like himself, consisting of body and soul, remember his spirit died upon sinning; but a sinner like himself, guilty and obnoxious, degenerate and corrupt. He was conceived and born in sin (Psalm 51:5).
This was Adam's own likeness, the reverse of that Divine likeness in which Adam was made; but having lost it himself he could not convey it to his seed), and named him Seth.
4: Then the days of Adam after he became the father of Seth were eight hundred years, and he had other sons and daughters.
5: So all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years, and he died.
What was it that God said back there in Genesis chapter 2?
“…but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day you eat from it you will surely die.”
Now we know that Adam did not drop dead physically after taking that first bite of the forbidden fruit (Whatever it was); but he did die spiritually right then and there, and that single act of disobedience brought death and suffering into the world, not just for man, but for all of God’s creation. Abel was the 1st unnatural death recorded in Scripture, because he was slain by Cain, but now we have evidence of the 1st natural death occurring in Scripture with Adam.
You never want to assume with Scripture, but I think you can certainly read between the lines by comparing Scripture with Scripture. Evidence of this truth is here. It is subtle, but it is here. This is what I want to show you:
Adam obviously shared his knowledge of God with his offspring.
I can imagine the family seated near the fire at mealtime, for example, and Adam talking about the “good old days.”
Adam spoke of an earlier time, in the garden, when God would come to visit them. They enjoyed fellowship. They talked, and they laughed. And I don’t think it’s stretching Scripture one bit to offer this bit of information. I think they even ate meals together.
There is evidence of this activity in the Bible.
Turn with me to book of Matthew.
18: “For John (The Baptist) came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, “He has a demon!”
19: The Son of Man (Jesus Christ) came eating and drinking, and they say, “Behold a gluttonous man and a drunkard…,
This is not the only piece of Scripture that speaks of God sharing a meal with others. And this is why I believe God, Adam, and Eve, ate meals together. No big deal, if you think otherwise.
Let’s get back to Adam and his offspring in Genesis five.
I’m certain that Adam also relayed to the children God’s command about the need for a blood sacrifice, or a substitute death being offered up to God, when they sinned. Adam also expressed to his children the need to trust in what God had revealed.
Question: Does God expect mankind to understand without being told what He expects from them?
Think about it. Do you believe that God would withhold vital information from mankind and then call them out for doing the wrong thing? No! Back in Genesis chapter two did God command Adam to leave the tree of the knowledge of good and evil alone or did he keep that important piece of knowledge to Himself?
I think you all know the answer. God told Adam what He expected of him. Why Adam was even informed about the consequences should he disobey…course, God knew he would, but that’s another matter.
So you can see that God does not leave mankind in the dark, so to speak, and then drop the axe when they fail to do the right thing!
Now bring that concept into Cain’s experience with the LORD God.
Cain knew and understood God’s command to bring a blood sacrifice when he sinned. That was not kept a secret.
How do we know this?
We know this because his brother, Abel, did the right thing; and we know it was the right response because God commended him for it.
God was pleased by his offering and His demonstration of faith.
By this, we know that to obtain a right relationship with God and to receive forgiveness, it was absolutely necessary to believe God.
Faith was required but there also was the need for a substitute animal death when they sinned.
So, all of this was just to show you that God gives mankind careful instructions and then He expects them to believe Him.
6: Seth lived one hundred and five years, and became the father of Enosh (Pronounced - en-ohsh').
7: Then Seth lived eight hundred and seven years after he became the father of Enosh, and he had other sons and daughters.
8: So all the days of Seth were nine hundred and twelve years, and he died.
9: Enosh lived ninety years, and became the father of Kenan (Pronounced – kay-nawn).
10: Then Enosh lived eight hundred and fifteen years after he became the father of Kenan, and he had other sons and daughters.
11: So all the days of Enosh were nine hundred and five years, and he died.
12: Kenan lived seventy years, and became the father of Mahalalel (Pronounced - mah-hal-al-ale’).
13: Then Kenan lived eight hundred and forty years after he became the father of Mahalalel, and he had other sons and daughters.
14: So all the days of Kenan were nine hundred and ten years, and he died.
15: Mahalalel lived sixty-five years, and became the father of Jared (Pronounced - yeh'-red).
16: Then Mahalalel lived eight hundred and thirty years after he became the father of Jared, and he had other sons and daughters.
17: So all the days of Mahalalel were eight hundred and ninety five years, and he died.
18: Jared lived one hundred and sixty-two years, and became the father of Enoch (Pronounced - khan-oke').
19: Then Jared lived eight hundred years after he became the father of Enoch, and he had other sons and daughters.
From Genesis 5:6 thru Genesis 5:19 we have a record concerning five of the patriarchs before the flood, Seth, Enosh, Kenan, Mahalalel, and Jared. We are told how long they lived, they lived in God's fear (Fear = reverence not terror), and when they died, they died in His favor.
20: So all the days of Jared were nine hundred and sixty-two years, and he died.
21: Enoch lived sixty-five years, and became the father of Methuselah (Pronounced - meth-oo-sheh'-lakh).
*Methuselah was the son of Enoch and the grand-father of Noah. He was sixth in the line of descent from Seth.
He lived 969 years making him the oldest living person in the Bible.
Methuselah was the father of Lamech.
And Lamech is the father of Noah.
Methuselah’s name meant: “When he dies, judgment.”
Methuselah died in the year of the Flood.
Remember, I am trying to show you that even though the Bible does not specifically say Adam shared his knowledge of God with his offspring, there is plenty of evidence here.
The evidence is revealed in the lives of these great men.
The most vivid example of this truth lies just ahead.
Go to verse 22.
22: Then Enoch (Did what?) walked with God (How long?) three hundred years after he became the father of Methuselah, and he had other sons and daughters.
23: So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years. (Compared to others living at this time this seems to be a short life span. Read on and discover why?)
24: Enoch walked with God; and he was not, (Enoch didn’t die. He was simply here one moment and then gone the next.) for God took him (The word “took” in the Hebrew means to carry away).
We find more information about Enoch in Hebrews chapter eleven.
5: By faith, (There’s that word again) Enoch was taken up so that he would not see death;
AND HE WAS NOT FOUND BECAUSE GOD TOOK HIM UP; for he obtained the witness that before his being taken up he was pleasing to God.
Oh to be one found to be “pleasing to God” is there a greater reward in the entire universe? I think not.
Reading Scripture is all well and good; however, one of my goals in this Bible course is to get you to think.
We’ve visited the great FAITH chapter (Hebrews 11) in our last lesson. We learned that Abel’s sacrifice was pleasing to God.
Why was it pleasing to God? (Because Adam believed God and brought a blood sacrifice when he sinned).
Cain, his brother, brought fruit instead of the required sacrifice.
God was not pleased by his lack of faith.
Abel was just as truly a sinner as Cain, for God says,
“There is no distinction; for all have sinned.”
God respected Abel’s offering – not his character! A sinner should judge himself to be a sinner, worthy of death, and also at the same moment dare to exercise faith in a Holy God.
Cain lacked self-judgment as a sinner, and, consequently, did not have faith; for none but self-condemned sinners can really trust a Holy God! Cain was of the evil one. (See 1 John 3:12)
The first four faith examples in Hebrews 11 have something to show us. In other words, there is more here than meets the eye.
What can we learn from them? Let’s investigate.
ABEL represents “the path of salvation by faith” in the blood substitute.
How does one begin the journey with God?
Where does one start?
13: “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it.”
14: “For the gate is (how big?) small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are (how many?) few who find it.”
There are so many “paths” one could follow in this world.
With so many paths to choose from, how do we know which path is the RIGHT one?
John 14:6 Jesus said to them, “I AM the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”
There are not many paths to salvation, as one preacher taught his congregation one Sunday morning. There is but One!
Your salvation is based on believing that Jesus Christ died for your sins, His divine blood was shed to satisfy God’s wrath,
He was buried, and then on the third day He rose from the dead according to the Scriptures. (I COR 15:1-4).
23: For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
24: being (what?) justified as a gift by His (God’s) grace (How?) through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus;
25: whom God displayed publicly as propitiation in (What?) His blood (and this one accomplishes or appropriates) through faith.
To sum up, Adam shows us the path to righteousness is by faith in God and the blood sacrifice. God does all the rest.
ENOCH is the next step; one who is declared righteous is “seen walking with God.”
What does it mean to “walk with God?” I think the answer is obvious. The opposite of walking with God is to walk away from God, don’t’ you think? Those who choose to “walk with God” demonstrate their belief, or put their faith into action.
God has much to say about how we are to “walk with Him.”
I just want to show you a couple of them and from the N.T.
Therefore, we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might (what?) walk in newness of life.
2 Corinthians 5:7
For we walk by faith, not by sight.
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
So, “walking with God” is simply taking your expressed faith in God and in what He has said and putting it into action.
Scripture teaches us this is exactly what Enoch did.
Enoch did not experience death.
He was here on earth one moment and gone the next.
Now I’ve heard some people teach that Enoch is an O.T. example of a N.T. event. They compare Enoch’s experience to that of the church age believers who will still be alive at the time of the rapture.
(See I Thessalonians 4:17).
When the trumpet sounds, those who are still alive, and in Christ Jesus, will be caught up with Him in the air…
I don’t get the connection. They are separate events. Since
Scripture draws no comparison between the two I won’t either.
NOAH represents the next result of faith – “testimony of coming judgment.”
What is significant about this man Noah?
First, from his birth, Noah was marked for “greatness.” The very name Noah implies that “out of the ground which the LORD has cursed this one shall bring us relief from our work and the toil of our hands.” (GEN 5:29).
Next, he is virtually the second father of humankind, because all of Adam’s descendents were wiped out by the flood.
But because Noah, who was by then 600 years old, had remained steadfast in faith, “a righteous man, blameless in his generation;” God was moved to save him and his family from the coming judgment.
Scripture does not reveal the length of time it took for Noah to build the ark according to the LORD’s directions. But I believe there is a clue. Turn to Genesis chapter six.
Then the LORD said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, because he also is flesh; nevertheless his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.”
I’ve listened to many sermons on this verse. Some believe this is God’s way of saying – man will no longer live for hundreds of years. From now on man’s lifespan is only 120 years.
That’s unfortunate. I believe they missed the truth.
I believe God is saying this. In 120 years time, I will judge mankind for their wickedness and they will receive no more grace from Me. God is saying, you have 120 years in which you will choose to do the right thing or you’re out of here.
So, Noah is God’s way of expressing his revulsion for mankind whose “…every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” Noah is also God’s way of providing a living picture to mankind of the coming judgment.
However long it took Noah and his family to build the ark of safety, all this activity, each nail being driven into the gopher wood, and every moment of its construction was evidence of God’s wrath to come against an unbelieving generation.
Therefore, Noah was God’s “testimony of coming judgment.”
This world has almost come full circle. If you care to notice, there is little difference between the world back then and the world we live in today. How did the “world” behave back then?
Was it really that bad?
How does the world today compare with it?
Let’s see what Scripture has to say.
26…God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural,
27: and in the same way also men abandoned the natural function of the women and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own person the due penalty of their error.
28: And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper,
29: being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice, they are gossips,
30: slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents,
31: without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful;
32: and although they know the ordinances of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.
We’re there people! We have been there for some time.
More people are noticing it than ever before because it is so prevalent. You can’t pick up a newspaper, or tune into a news broadcast without hearing of these very things Paul, by the work of the Holy Spirit, has shown us. We are there…
Right is wrong and wrong is right.
19: Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality,
(The first three listed have to do with sexual behavior and they lead the list for a reason. Mankind has given itself over to “lusts of the flesh” such as adultery, pornography, lewdness, homosexuality, and the teaching of these sins to others. One of the chief tactics in sales and marketing today is sex. We are literally bombarded daily by it. God knows where there is sexual misconduct idolatry is near by. And idolatry is the next evil practice to be mentioned.)
20: idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outburst of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions,
21: envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, (In other words, let there be no mistaking this truth) that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Each and every faith professing Christian living today is also a “testimony of God’s coming judgment.”
And that is why the unbelieving world has a “problem” with us.
We stand for Truth. And they don’t want to hear the Truth.
They prefer the darkness. They run to the darkness.
Reminds me of a time long ago when I would walk into the kitchen in the wee hours of the morning, flip on the light, and there see all these cockroaches running for the cover of darkness.
Sinners love the darkness. It is their refuge.
Abraham, a tent-dwelling pilgrim, is an example of one found to be “living on divine promises.”
Abraham is “called out;” for the world has left God.
So God’s people are to leave it (The world) today.
The “world” had been judged by the Flood and as soon as possible set out to build the tower of Babel.
Led by Nimrod, idolatry and the worship of man set in.
Abraham represents separation, and pilgrim hood.
He is called to leave everything, his country, his kin, even his fathers’ house, going out, not knowing where he was going.
If a reporter from CNN could stop Abraham’s caravan after he left the city of Ur of the Chaldeans to interview him, the conversation may have sounded like this,
“Where do you come from?”
“I come from the land of Shinar.”
“Where are you going?”
“I do not know, but I am going to a land that I am to receive for an inheritance.”
“Who told you that you would find such a land and then posses it?”
“The God whose name is I AM has called me and told me to go.”
Hearing this, the reporter would shake his head and declare him to be an idiot!
But so it is for every believing Christian. He/she has come out from the world, for their Lord has said, “You are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.” (John 15)
The unbelieving world scoffs at your belief in the One True God and then laughs and mocks you because of your faith. Not much has changed since Abraham. Let’s return to Genesis chapter five.
25: Methuselah lived one hundred and eighty-seven years, and became the father of Lamech.
26: Then Methuselah lived seven hundred and eighty-two years after he became the father of Lamech, and he had other sons and daughters.
27: So all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred and sixty-nine years, and he died.
28: Lamech lived one hundred and eighty-two years and became the father of a son.
29: Now he called his name Noah, saying, “This one will give us rest from our work and from the toil of our hands arising from the ground which the LORD has cursed.”
30: Then Lamech lived five hundred and ninety-five years after he became the father of Noah, and he had other sons and daughters.
31: So all the days of Lamech were seven hundred and seventy-seven years, and he died.
32: Noah was five hundred years old, and Noah became the father of Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
And Noah begat three sons named here: Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Japheth was the eldest, according to Gen 10:21, but Shem is recorded first for us. Why? Because on him was God’s covenant passed, (See Gen 9:26), where God is called the Lord God of Shem. Therefore, to Shem is the birthright given.
What about Japheth and Ham?
Well, we’ll soon learn that even though one is born into a family who reveres God, and adheres to His Word, this does not necessarily mean or imply that all are then saved.
Salvation is not automatic.
Being born into a Christian family, sitting in a church pew on Sunday, giving ten percent of your income regularly, or leading a Sunday school class, will no more save you then sitting in a garage all day long will make you a chevy.
The key element in the salvation process has always been faith.
God has always required this of man.