Kraig Josiah Rice
Genesis- The Way I See It

Genesis chapter Five

written by Kraig J. Rice

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  Chapter 5- the ancestors of Noah
  Gen. 5:1-2 Adam, (grand) father of the righteous
  Folks were created in the likeness of God
  Gen. 5:3-8 Seth, the righteous son of Adam
  Gen. 5:9-20 Names of the Righteous are recorded
  Folks lived to be old in those days
  Gen. 5:21-24 Who was Enoch?
  Enoch is a type for the rapture of the church
  Gen. 5:25-27 Who was Methuselah?
  Gen. 5:28-32 Lamech, the father of Noah

Genesis chapter 5 deals with God's righteous remnant:

"This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made He him, male and female created He them, and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created"
(Genesis 5:1-2).

Adam is the (grand) father of the righteous:
He is also the (grand) father of all people in this world. But what about his sin? Adam sinned and his sin is recorded in God's holy word, but it appears that Adam repented, changed sides or ownership from Satan's side to God's side, and taught his descendants correctly about God and His way of salvation. How can that be? You and I are sinners. We need to confess and repent, and we need to come to Christ His way- through His blood. Adam knew that and taught it to his sons, Abel and Cain. Abel believed God but Cain did not- and the difference showed in their sacrifices. Adam and his righteous descendants were called the sons of God but Cain and his unrighteous descendants were called the sons of mankind and their daughters were called the daughters of mankind
(Genesis 6:2). The world before the flood had two very different groups of spiritual individuals- the saved and the unsaved. And it has remained that way for thousands of years to this very day. The unsaved always outnumber the saved so that makes the saved a remnant- a righteous remnant. And all through God's word, we see God dealing with His righteous remnant with love and blessings while the unsaved ones sin, worship Satan, and commit immorality- and then they reap God's judgments. God loves the righteous so much, He considers them to be His spiritual wife. Why? Because He shares love, intimacy, and fellowship with them. Using the symbol of a loving and faithful wife is a great way for Him to communicate that truth to us.

The Apostle Paul had a few things to say about Adam.
The Apostle Paul contrasted Adam and Christ:

"When Adam sinned, sin entered the entire human race. Adam's sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned. Yes, people sinned even before the law was given. And though there was no law to break, since it had not yet been given, they all died anyway- even though they did not disobey an explicit commandment of God, as Adam did. What a contrast between Adam and Christ, who was yet to come! And what a difference between our sin and God's generous gift of forgiveness. For this one man, Adam, brought death to many through his sin. But this other man, Jesus Christ, brought forgiveness to many through God's bountiful gift. And the result of God's gracious gift is very different from the result of that one man's sin. For Adam's sin led to condemnation, but we have the free gift of being accepted by God, even though we are guilty of many sins. The sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over us, but all who receive God's wonderful, gracious gift of righteousness will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ. Yes, Adam's one sin brought condemnation upon everyone, but Christ's one act of righteousness makes all people right in God's sight and gives them life. Because one person disobeyed God, many people became sinners. But because one other person obeyed God, many people will be made right in God's sight. God's law was given so that all people could see how sinful they were. But as people sinned more and more, God's wonderful kindness became more abundant. So just as sin ruled over all people and brought them to death, now God's wonderful kindness rules instead, giving us right standing with God and resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord"
(Romans 5:12-21 Living Bible).

And the Apostle Paul also mentioned the first and last Adam, "...but someone may ask, "How will the dead be raised? What kind of bodies will they have?" What a foolish question! When you put a seed into the ground, it does not grow into a plant unless it dies first. And what you put in the ground is not the plant that will grow, but only a dry little seed of wheat or whatever it is you are planting. Then God gives it a new body- just the kind He wants it to have. A different kind of plant grows from each kind of seed. And just as there are different kinds of seeds and plants, so also there are different kinds of flesh- whether of humans, animals, birds, or fish. There are bodies in the heavens, and there are bodies on earth. The glory of the heavenly bodies is different from the beauty of the earthly bodies. The sun has one kind of glory, while the moon and stars each have another kind. And even the stars differ from each other in their beauty and brightness. It is the same way for the resurrection of the dead. Our earthly bodies, which die and decay, will be different when they are resurrected, for they will never die. Our bodies now disappoint us, but when they are raised, they will be full of glory. They are weak now, but when they are raised, they will be full of power. They are natural human bodies now, but when they are raised, they will be spiritual bodies. For just as there are natural bodies, so also there are spiritual bodies. The Scriptures tell us, "The first man, Adam, became a living person"
(Genesis 2:7) But the last Adam- that is, Christ- is a life-giving Spirit. What came first was the natural body, then the spiritual body comes later. Adam, the first man, was made from the dust of the earth, while Christ, the second Man, came from heaven. Every human being has an earthly body just like Adam's, but our heavenly bodies will be just like Christ's. Just as we are now like Adam, the man of the earth, so we will someday be like Christ, the Man from Heaven. What I am saying, dear brothers and sisters, is that flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God. These perishable bodies of ours are not able to live forever. But let me tell you a wonderful secret God has revealed to us. Not all of us will die, but we will all be transformed. It will happen in a moment, in the blinking of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, the Christians who have died will be raised with transformed bodies. And then we who are living will be transformed so that we will never die. For our perishable earthly bodies must be transformed into heavenly bodies that will never die. When this happens- when our perishable earthly bodies have been transformed into heavenly bodies that will never die- then at last the Scriptures will come true,
"Death is swallowed up in victory"
(Isaiah 25:8). "O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?"
(Hosea 13:14). For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. How we thank God, who gives us victory over sin and death through Jesus Christ our Lord! So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and steady, always enthusiastic about the Lord's work, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless"
(1 Corinthians 15:35-58 Living Bible).

Folks were created in the likeness of God:
Since God is spirit and He is invisible, how can folks be created in His likeness? We are not created in His likeness physically but in another way. What way? With mind, will, and emotions. God created you and I to reason (mind). He created you and I with free will (will). And He created you and I with emotions (emotions). With our minds, we are to know Him and His Word. With our free will we are to worship Him and come to Him through the blood of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of our sins. With our emotions, we are to love Him and others, conquer anger and fear, and practice patience and other virtues.

"And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image, and called his name Seth- and the days of Adam after he had begotten Seth were eight hundred years- and he begat sons and daughters- and all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years- and he died. And Seth lived an hundred and five years, and begat Enos- and Seth lived after he begat Enos eight hundred and seven years, and begat sons and daughters- and all the days of Seth were nine hundred and twelve years- and he died"
(Genesis 5:3-8).

An emphasis upon Seth, the righteous son of Adam:
Notice that the righteous individuals in these six verses are mentioned as being in favor with God. God owned each of them, was proud of them, and blessed each one with long life. Who was Seth? Seth was another son of Adam and Eve. He was the patriarch of the godly branch of their family tree and took the place of righteous Abel.

The bible deals with select genealogies. Not every individual is mentioned in every family tree. It does not mean that the bible is not accurate. It probably means that the author is abbreviating to save time and space. In the Hebrew language, the word "begat" can be translated as "became the ancestor of." Since there may be generation gaps in any of these family tree genealogies in the bible, no time line of any kind should be attempted to be made from them.

There were 6 generations of Cain's descendants mentioned
(Genesis 4:17-22), however,
Adam lived to the 8th generation of Seth's descendants
(Genesis 5:4-25). Since Abel died, the spiritual seed was renewed in Seth.

Many times, the word generations means families. You or I were born into a family. This is important for our identification and God thought it was important to let us know that these individuals in Seth's family line were identified with God. He considered them a part of His family.

What is a family patriarch?
A family patriarch is a man revered as the father or founder of a group of people or tribe. There are several patriarchs mentioned in Genesis chapter 5 and these extend from Adam to Shem.

What is the bloodline of Christ?
If one follows the genealogy (family tree) of Jesus Christ, one will notice certain individuals in that genealogy- individuals in the lineage of Seth and not Cain. This is called the Messianic Line or the bloodline of Christ. The bloodline of Christ flows from Adam through Seth through Noah through Shem through Abraham through Isaac through Jacob through Judah through David to Jesus Christ. I believe that is one reason why each one of the godly individuals in Seth's line is mentioned in the bible book of Genesis.

The New Testament gospel of Matthew starts with the genealogy of Jesus Christ to give legitimacy to the claim that Jesus Christ is God and that His earthly ancestors were from the godly lineage of Seth.

"And Enos lived ninety years, and begat Cainan- and Enos lived after he begat Cainan eight hundred and fifteen years, and begat sons and daughters- and all the days of Enos were nine hundred and five years- and he died. And Cainan lived seventy years, and begat Mahalaleel- and Cainan lived after he begat Mahalaleel eight hundred and forty years, and begat sons and daughters- and all the days of Cainan were nine hundred and ten years- and he died. And Mahalaleel lived sixty and five years, and begat Jared- and Mahalaleel lived after he begat Jared eight hundred and thirty years, and begat sons and daughters- and all the days of Mahalaleel were eight hundred ninety and five years- and he died. And Jared lived an hundred sixty and two years, and he begat Enoch- and Jared lived after he begat Enoch eight hundred years, and begat sons and daughters- and all the days of Jared were nine hundred sixty and two years- and he died"
(Genesis 5:9-20).

The names of the righteous are recorded:
Why are their names recorded here? It is a sign to us, that as their names are written here, the names of the righteous are also written in the Lamb's book of life. That is true for all of the righteous individuals who will inherit the Kingdom of Heaven. But what about the unsaved? Woe to them if they have made the choice not to accept Jesus Christ into their hearts,
"...and whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire"
(Revelation 20:15). "The not willing that any should spend eternal misery in hell (perish), but that all should come to repentance"
(2 Peter 3:9).
Now, let me ask you a question- have you made the right choice to invite Jesus Christ to come and live in your heart? Why is that necessary? Because of your sins. Your sins separate you from God and if you die in your sins, God will not accept you because He will not have sin in Heaven with Him
(John 8:24). Without Christ in your heart, you are in a spiritually lost condition and the devil owns you by default. You must make a choice- remember, NOT to choose is to choose. I encourage you to invite Jesus Christ into your heart right now because He is the only way to Heaven
(John 10:9).

How come people lived to be so old in those days?
There was a firmament in the atmosphere of the earth that is believed to have filtered out the ultraviolet rays of the sun that contributed to folks getting old. God probably allowed folks to live longer at the first so they would fulfill His will and repopulate the earth. Later, God removed this firmament so folks now have a much shorter lifespan.

No one knows what the original firmament around the earth looked like. Perhaps it was like a large red filter or perhaps it was like a heavy white mist or fog ladened with moisture that eventually turned into dew drops that watered the plants and trees in the field.

"And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah- and Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters- and all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years- and Enoch walked with God- and he was not, for God took him"
(Genesis 5:21-24).

Who was Enoch?
Enoch was a righteous man in the godly family lineage of Seth. He was the father of Methuselah and the great grandfather of Noah. Enoch gave a prophecy that was mentioned by Jude, the half brother of Jesus Christ:

"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"
(Jude 1:14-15).

He was born 622 years after the creation of Adam, so he walked and talked with his Grandfather Adam for 308 years. God took him in a personal rapture to Heaven without him having to die a physical death- this was 69 years before the birth of Noah. Noah was Enoch's great grandson.

Why did God elevate Enoch here and praise him to us in these verses of scripture? The answer is found in the Hebrews Hall of Fame, " faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death, and was not found, because God had translated him- for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God"
(Hebrews 11:5).
Enoch pleased God. Who must one be to please God? Hint: that sounds like a good topic for a sermon or bible study lesson, does it not?

Enoch is a type for the rapture of the church:
Why? Because he was translated to Heaven and did not die a physical death. There were only two individuals in the bible record who were translated. One was Enoch, the other was Elijah
(2 Kings 2:11). The English word "rapture" is not in the bible. It is a word used by many bible students to describe the translating of a godly individual or individuals to Heaven by God without them having to die a physical death. This event is also known as the glorious hope of the church. It is when God brings to safety those who are redeemed and righteous before He reigns down judgment on the wicked.

Am I making this up? No. You can read about it for yourself:
"For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God- and the dead in Christ shall rise first- then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air- and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words"
(1 Thessalonians 4:15-18).

The universal church of all true Christian believers will leave this world in the rapture before world wide destruction comes (the time of the Great Tribulation). What is that? It is a 7 year period of time when the world declares war on God. The world of Noah's time declared war on God and the world lost. When the world declares war on God again, it will lose again. It will be a time of great suffering and many people will die in this war with the Almighty.
"For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be..." "But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but My Father only. But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and knew not until the flood came, and took them all away, so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be. Then shall two be in the field- the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill- the one shall be taken, and the other left. Watch therefore- for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be ye also ready- for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of Man cometh"
(Matthew 24:21, 36-44).

"And Methuselah lived an hundred eighty and seven years, and begat Lamech- and Methuselah lived after he begat Lamech seven hundred eighty and two years, and begat sons and daughters- and all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred sixty and nine years- and he died"
(Genesis 5:25-27).

Who was Methuselah?
A bible test question might be "who was the oldest person mentioned in the bible?" Of course, the answer is Methuselah. Methuselah left a godly legacy. He was in the godly family lineage of Seth. His name means "after he is gone it shall be sent." He lived 969 years, the oldest man who ever lived. Methuselah had a wealth of family information that he passed along to his surviving family members before his death. He died before the worldwide flood in the same year.

"And Lamech lived an hundred eighty and two years, and begat a son- 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. And Lamech lived after he begat Noah five hundred ninety and five years, and begat sons and daughters- and all the days of Lamech were seven hundred seventy and seven years- and he died. And Noah was five hundred years old- and Noah begat Shem, Ham, and Japheth"
(Genesis 5:28-32).

Lamech, the father of Noah:
Lamech was a godly father who raised a godly son. He was also a godly grandfather who influenced his grandchildren towards God. This man serves as a good example for Christian parents to raise their children in the ways of Lord. One never knows who their child will grow up to be or what he or she will accomplish for Christ. Sometimes Christian parents are poor in finances but they can still leave a godly legacy behind them in how they raise their children for Christ. Lamech did that.

Doctor Luke, when writing the gospel of the Lord under inspiration, stated that the blood line (family lineage) of Jesus Christ came through this branch of Christ's family ancestors, "...Shem, the son of Noah, the son of Lamech, the son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch, the son of Jared, the son of Mahalaleel, the son of Cainan, the son of Enos, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God"
(Luke 3:36-38).
Let us leave a godly family legacy behind us that the Lord can use and be proud of.

What did all of these saved individuals have in common? They loved the Lord and were saved by the blood of the Lamb. And, they lived holy lives unto the Lord. The holiness of the righteous stands in deep contrast to the unholiness of the wicked before the flood. So, what is holiness and sanctification? Let us take a brief look at it in the next chapter.

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