1 This is the book of the genealogy of Adam. In the day that God created man, He made him in the likeness of God. 2 He created them male and female, and blessed them and called them Mankind in the day they were created.
21 ... Enoch walked with God three hundred years, and had sons and daughters. 23 So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years. 24 And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.
28 Lamech lived one hundred and eighty-two years, and had a son. 29 And he called his name Noah, saying, “This one will comfort us concerning our work and the toil of our hands, because of the ground which the Lord has cursed.”
From Genesis 5, NKJV
Genealogy of Adam
Genesis 5 gives us a recap of the genealogy of Adam until the birth of Noah. For most people mentioned in this chapter, we are given just their names and the number of years they lived. Occasionally we see an "aside," when further thoughts are given.
First God restates his creation of mankind, male and female, who were made in the likeness of God. We should stop for just a moment and consider the significance of this. None of the animals were created in the image of God--only mankind. We are not God, and because we are not holy and pure as God is holy and pure, we must never forget our shortcomings. However, because we were made in God's image, we have the ability to converse with God and to fellowship with Him.
Like God, we have a soul which will live forever. Satan destroyed the ability of our souls to live in righteousness forever. He thought he had forever destroyed the human race. God, however, through the Lord Jesus Christ, had a plan in place from the very beginning to save a people for Himself. We can, through Christ, live forever as righteous and holy beings before God. While on this earth we still have our sin natures, but when we go to heaven to live with Christ forever, our sin natures will be forever removed.
Continuing in Genesis 5, several generations pass before we are told about Enoch. We do not know much about him, but we do know that he did not suffer the normal death of his peers. Enoch walked with God, and one day, God took him home to live with Him forever. It is a good reminder to us that good and evil continued to dwell side by side. While many men, women, and children remained in their wickedness, apart from God, there still remained a remnant who loved, worshiped, and served God. As one of these who was precious in the sight of God, Enoch was simply translated into heaven to live with God.
Again several generations pass until the birth of Noah which is recorded for us in verse 29 of Genesis 5. Lamech, the father of Noah, named his son, Noah, saying, “This one will comfort us concerning our work and the toil of our hands, because of the ground which the Lord has cursed.”
Providentially, Lamech understood that Noah would be used in a special way by the Lord to save a people for God. The following chapters of Genesis will recount the story in more detail, but at this point, we are just given Lamech's prophecy regarding his son.
Do things just happen by chance? No! Even here in Genesis 5 we understand that God not only ordained a special purpose for Noah, but God also revealed that special calling to Noah's father, Lamech. God knew that the evil of mankind would grow to such a great measure that only a special intervention by God would save mankind. Using Noah, God saved just a small remnant of Godly people. It was time for God to purge the earth of its great wickedness.
Will God do such a thing again? Yes! At the end of time, Christ will return. At that time, the heavens and earth will be destroyed and a new heaven and a new earth will be created. However, this new heaven and new earth will only be peopled by those who have come to Christ in their lifetimes. Removing their sin natures from them, God will give them a new earth, perfect in all of its beauty, such as the original first earth He created.
This time, however, the new heavens and new earth will be under the eternal protection of God. No longer will sin be allowed into this earth to corrupt and destroy God's creation.
This is the God we serve. Perfect in righteousness, holiness, goodness, and truth, He not only is saving a people for Himself through the blood of Christ, but He will keep us holy and pure, forever!
What an amazing God we serve.
God Bless You,