Genesis 5 contains the genealogy of Jesus from Adam to Noah. This and other chapters of the Bible that contain genealogies are often under-appreciated. Most people just skip these chapters and move on to the “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) He was one of two men that did not die, God took them. The other was Elijah. (2 Kings 2:11)
– 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) You probably know about Noah and the flood (Genesis 6-8)
Vs. 5 Adam lived 930 years. And he 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.
Are the men mentioned above the first born? No, example Seth. This is the lineage of Noah, and the lineage of Jesus.
Notice Adam was alive until Noah’s father (Lamech) was 56 years old.
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.
Note: Adam and Eve didn’t start aging until they disobeyed God’s one rule and had to leave the garden. (Genesis 3)
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 years after Noah was born.
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)
He begat Lamech at -187
Lamech begat Noah at -182
Lived 600 more years after Noah was born. 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 generation, 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 change.) God did not make Noah make that choice. God’s timing for the flood was planned and perfect.
Millions of years?
No, millions of years allow for time for man to evolve from water on rocks. But we know the truth. In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth…And the Lord God formed man with the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. (Genesis 1:1 and 2:7)
Adam to Noah – 1656 yrs
Noah to Abraham – 301 yrs (see Genealogy Noah to Abraham in Genesis 11)
All the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations, from David until the captivity in Babylon are fourteen generations, and from the captivity in Babylon until the birth of Christ are fourteen generations. (Matthew 1:17) That’s 42 generations.
From Christ to Present – 2017 years (2018th year in the process)
What’s my point?
My point is that there is no room for millions of years.
Many Christians try to fit evolution into their beliefs. I was guilty of that, before I read the scriptures. The Bible is very specific. There was no death before sin. The genealogies show the time from the garden to the cross. There is no time for millions of years. There is no time for evolution. We can’t believe both. We must get off the fence and trust God’s Word.
…knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, …they willfully forget this: (1) that the heavens were created long ago by the word of God, and (2) the earth was covered with water, by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water. (2 Peter 3:3,5-6)
They willfully/intentionally forget what? Creation and the flood.