Genesis 5:1-32 Click here for Bible Verses

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is Genesis 5:1-32.  Let’s go!

Genesis 5:1-20 (NIV)
 This is the written account of Adam’s line. When God created man, he made him in the likeness of God.
 He created them male and female and blessed them. And when they were created, he called them “man.”
 When Adam had lived 130 years, he had a son in his own likeness, in his own image; and he named him Seth.
 After Seth was born, Adam lived 800 years and had other sons and daughters.
 Altogether, Adam lived 930 years, and then he died.
 When Seth had lived 105 years, he became the father of Enosh.
 And after he became the father of Enosh, Seth lived 807 years and had other sons and daughters.
 Altogether, Seth lived 912 years, and then he died.
 When Enosh had lived 90 years, he became the father of Kenan.
10  And after he became the father of Kenan, Enosh lived 815 years and had other sons and daughters.
11  Altogether, Enosh lived 905 years, and then he died.
12  When Kenan had lived 70 years, he became the father of Mahalalel.
13  And after he became the father of Mahalalel, Kenan lived 840 years and had other sons and daughters.
14  Altogether, Kenan lived 910 years, and then he died.
15  When Mahalalel had lived 65 years, he became the father of Jared.
16  And after he became the father of Jared, Mahalalel lived 830 years and had other sons and daughters.
17  Altogether, Mahalalel lived 895 years, and then he died.
18  When Jared had lived 162 years, he became the father of Enoch.
19  And after he became the father of Enoch, Jared lived 800 years and had other sons and daughters.
20  Altogether, Jared lived 962 years, and then he died.

On verses 1-20:  How could human beings live such a long time, in some cases almost 1,000 years (see for example Methuselah in verse 27)?  One theory is that God’s original plan was that God made man to live forever, but as sin came into the world, gradually lifespans would get shorter over time.  As the Quest Study Bible explains, “The Creator made men and women to be immortal.  Nevertheless, death – the result of sin – progressively decreased human longevity until 70 or 80 years became a normal life span (see Psalm 90:10).” (Quest Study Bible: New International Version. Zondervan, 2003).  Another explanation is that life spans remained this long during the first several generations of human beings as shown in Genesis 5, but in Genesis 6 we see that God intentionally limits the lifespan of human beings to 120 years (see Genesis 6:3).

Genesis 5:21-24 (NIV)
21  When Enoch had lived 65 years, he became the father of Methuselah.
22  And after he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters.
23  Altogether, Enoch lived 365 years.
24  Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.

On verses 21-24:  Enoch is a special individual whom the Bible describes as having never having experienced death. As Hebrews 11:5 says, “By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death; he could not be found, because God had taken him away. For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God.”  The Bible describes Enoch as having “walked with God” (v22), suggesting that Enoch had a close relationship with God.  Does that mean that Enoch never sinned at all?  Probably not, since all have sinned the Bible says (Romans 3:23).  This may have been a case where as an act of mercy God decided not to let Enoch experience death and took him away to heaven when it was his time.  This also suggests that there is life beyond our lives on earth, which God can let us experience if He wants us to.  Praise God that because God wants us to experience life with Him beyond our lives on earth, we sent Jesus Christ to die on the cross for our sins, and that through faith in Jesus Christ we have access to such life.

Genesis 5:25-32 (NIV)
25  When Methuselah had lived 187 years, he became the father of Lamech.
26  And after he became the father of Lamech, Methuselah lived 782 years and had other sons and daughters.
27  Altogether, Methuselah lived 969 years, and then he died.
28  When Lamech had lived 182 years, he had a son.
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.”
30  After Noah was born, Lamech lived 595 years and had other sons and daughters.
31  Altogether, Lamech lived 777 years, and then he died.
32  After Noah was 500 years old, he became the father of Shem, Ham and Japheth.

On verses 25-32:  In verse 28 Lamech speaks prophetically about his son Noah saying that “will comfort us in the labor and painful toil of our hands caused by the ground the Lord has cursed” (v29).  How would Noah bring such comfort?  Perhaps this is a reference to God using Noah later to build an ark to save his family from the flood in Genesis 6.  The fact that Lamech speaks these life defining words over Noah is a reminder that parents should seek the will of God for their children and declare words of encouragement and faith over their children.

Just as Enoch and Noah stand out in this genealogy of names as those who would please God and make a positive difference with their lives, may you be known as one who pleased God and who made a difference with however many years God has given you.

Heavenly Father, no matter how many years You give me on this earth, may I live them to please You.  And when this life on earth is through, thank You that through faith in Jesus Christ I get to go home to You.  In Jesus’ name, AMEN!