Genesis 5: The Adam Family


Synopsis:

Adam begat Seth and Seth begat Enos, Enos begat Cainan, Cainan begat Mahaleleel, Mahalaleel begat Jared, Jared begat Enoch, Enoch begat Methuselah, Methuselah begat Lamech, Lamech begat Noah.  They mostly all lived to be 900 something years old and had lots of other children besides the ones named here before they die. The exception is Enoch, who doesn’t die, but who simply “was not; for God took him.”

In other words:

We are given the lineage of Adam up to Noah.


What is confusing:

This seems to be the same lineage of Cain, but we are told it is the lineage that goes through Seth, not Cain. Methinks that someone got this messed up somewhere along the way.

Favorite bit:

Genesis 5: 22-24 – This is Enoch’s story. He is the only one who walked with God after begetting his first son  and he only lives 365 years before he is taken by God. Again, all the other guys die of old age. He is simply taken by God. Not exactly sure what is meant by that, but clearly, he didn’t die of old age like the rest of them.

Most interesting bit:

Genesis 5: 29 – apparently the ground near where they were living wasn’t very fertile because it is pointed out that God had cursed the ground.


Moral Lesson:

Know your family tree (Genesis 5)