Genesis 5 Genealogy Adam to Noah

The Begats

Genesis 5 contains the genealogy from Adam to Noah. This and other chapters of the Bible that contain genealogies are often underappreciated. Most people just skip the chapter and move on to more important ones. But let’s take a few minutes to look at what this chapter reveals.

When I first look at the genealogy, I scan through to see if I see any familiar names.

  • – I see Adam and Seth. I know them.
  • – There’s Enoch. I remember him. (vs 18-24) “And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.” (vs 24)
  • – And there’s Methuselah. We all know him – the oldest man who ever lived, (vs 25-27) You know the saying “old as Methuselah.” This is where we learn about him. He lived to be 969 years old. (vs 27)
  • – And then there’s Noah. (vs 28-32)

Vs. 5 Adam lived 930 years. Died

Vs. 8 Seth lived 912 years. Died

Vs. 11 Enos lived 905 years. Died

Vs. 14 Cainan lived 910 years. Died

Vs. 17 Mahalaleel lived 895 years. Died

Vs. 20 Jared lived 962 years. Died

Vs. 24 Enoch lived 365 years. God took him

Vs. 27 Methuselah lived 969 years. Died

Vs. 31 Lamech lived 777 years. Died

Vs. 7:11 Noah was 600 years old when the flood came. Saved

Death is the result of sin. Sorrow is the result of sin. Losing loved ones is the result of sin.

Notice Adam was alive until Noah’s father (Lamech) was 56 years old.

Are the men mentioned above the first born? No, example Seth.

This is the lineage of the Noah, and the lineage of Jesus.

Add up the number of years from Adam to the flood

Verse 3 — 130 yrs — Age of Adam when he begat Seth

Verse 6 — 105 yrs — Age of Seth when he begat Enos

Verse 9 — 90 yrs — Age of Enos when he begat Cainan

Verse 12 — 70 yrs — Age of Cainan when he begat Mahalaleel

Verse 15 — 65 yrs — Age of Mahalaleel when he begat Jared

Verse 18 — 162 yrs — Age of Jared when he begat Enoch

Verse 21 — 65 yrs — Age of Enoch when he begat Methuselah

Verse 25 — 187 yrs —Age of Methuselah when he begat Lamech

Verse 28 — 182 yrs — Age of Lamech when he begat Noah

Vs. 7:11 — 600 yrs — Age of Noah at the time of the flood

Total ——1656 yrs — From the time Adam and Eve left the garden until the flood

Vs. 32 Noah was 500 years old when he begat his sons – Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

Hidden message of authority:

Lamech lived to be 777 years old (vs. 31)

Begat Noah at -182

Lived 595 more years

Noah was 600 years old when the flood came.

Lamech (Noah’s father) died 5 years before the flood.

Methuselah lived to be 969 years old (vs. 27)

Begat Lamech at -187

Who begat Noah at -182

Lived 600 more years. And he died.

Noah was 600 years old when the flood came.

Methuselah (Noah’s grandfather) died the year of the flood.

Was Lamech a righteous man? Was Methuselah a righteous man? Lamech and Methuselah were both alive when the Bible said only Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. (Genesis 6:5-9)

Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and walked with God. Noah was 600 years old when the flood came. Methuselah died the year of the flood. Methuselah was Noah’s grandfather. It would not have followed God’s commandment to honor your father if Noah had left his father or grandfather to die in the flood. (Although the commandments had not been written yet, God’s nature never changes. Right and wrong never changes.) God did not make Noah make that choice. God’s timing for the flood was planned and perfect.


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