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In the Beginning, God - Part 14


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I apologize for neglecting the continuation of this series. I started it a few years back and became sidetracked with Cadeyrn’s Tale and The Marisol Deception. In the first 13 installments, we walked through the first four chapters of Genesis. My plans are to continue with The Marisol Deception and this series. At the same time, I have a self-imposed deadline for Marisol, so we’ll see how things go. For now, it’s off to Part 14 and Genesis chapter five.

At first glance, Chapter Five of Genesis may seem to be a meaningless list of names - one of those chapters we tend to skip. But with all of God’s Word, it is rich with meaning and application. Genesis Five is a genealogy stretching approximately 2,000 years from the creation of Adam to Noah. At our initial read, it may seem a little dry, but God has placed beautiful nuggets of truth throughout.

In Old Testament times, names were important, and often they were prophetic. The books of the Bible are grouped somewhat by topic. We classify Joshua through Esther as history. We classify Job through The Song of Solomon as poetry. We list Isaiah through Malachi as books of prophecy. In the New Testament, we refer to Matthew through John as the Gospels. The transitional book of Acts follows the Gospel of John. Acts is followed by Paul’s Epistles (letters), the General epistles, and the New Testament Prophetic book of Revelation.

The first five books of the Bible (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy) are known as the Pentateuch - all dictated to Moses from the mouth of God. In one sense, as we look at Genesis in particular, we are looking at a book of history. In another sense, Genesis takes on the form of a prophetic book.

In chapters 12-50, we see the beginning history of the Jewish people. We also notice prophetic statements concerning Israel and her future. God calls Abraham to serve Him, and from his loins came the nation Israel. Joseph reveals a type of Christ as did the stopped sacrifice of Abraham’s son Isaac eluded to resurrection.

We find the same thing in the first 11 chapters of Genesis - both history and prophecy. Genesis chapter five is a case in point. You may encounter a long list of names, but it is the names that tell a deeper story. Follow the name of the generations with me.

We are told in verse one, “This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him;” The name Adam means Man. In verse 3 we see that Adam has a son and names him Seth. Seth means Appointed. Remember the names given had special meaning. God appointed Seth, a replacement for Abel.

We have in due time, a son born to Seth, and he called his name Enos, which means Mortal (verse 5). Verse 9 tells us that Cainan is born to Enos. Cainan translates as Sorrow. Continuing on, Cainan begets Mahalaleel (verse 12) carrying the meaning of The Blessed God. Mahalaleel’s son, Jared continues the line. His name means Shall Come Down (verse 16). Enoch (verse 18), a son of Jared, started the next generation. He is the seventh from Adam mentioned in Jude 14. Among other things, his ministry was teaching which is what the name Enoch means.

Enoch keeps Adam’s line intact as a son, Methuselah, is born to him. Methuselah, humankind’s oldest ancestor lived to be 969 years old. During this time of history, a canopy of water surrounded the earth high in the heavens filtering out harmful rays from the sun. It was not uncommon for a man or woman to live three-hundred, four-hundred, even nine-hundred years and more. Methuselah’s name was not as positive as some. The meaning is His Death Shall Bring. Lamech is Methuselah’s son. He carries the name of The Despairing.

There is one more we must consider. Lamech’s wife gave birth to a baby by the name of Noah. He became the great pre-flood preacher and prophet preaching the coming judgment of God in the form of a worldwide flood. Strangely, the name Noah carries the meaning Comfort and Rest. He would find comfort and rest at the feet of God. He alone would follow God through the storm and once again stand upon dry ground.


This covers the first 2,000 years of history, but another 2,000 years later. A baby was born in a stable. His crib was that of the cattle’s manger. His name is Jesus. He is the fulfillment of the prophetic message of Genesis 5. How so? Let’s put the names of the heads of their generations together.

  • Adam - Man
  • Seth - Appointed
  • Enos - Mortal
  • Cainan - Sorrow
  • Mahalaleel - The Blessed God
  • Jared - Shall Come Down
  • Enoch - Teaching
  • Methuselah - His Death Shall Bring
  • Lamech - The Despairing
  • Noah - Comfort and Rest

God took 2,000 years to deliver a message of hope through the prophetic names of the world’s first generations. Man [is] appointed mortal sorrow, [but] the blessed God shall come down teaching His death shall bring the despairing comfort and rest.

Please don’t get side-tracked thinking this is just a coincidence. God planned it to let His people know He would send a Savior. He Himself would be that Savior in the person of Jesus Christ, Emmanuel, God with us. He would give His life in exchange for our freedom. You can have comfort and rest because of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. He conquered death. He conquered your death. He offers you eternal life if you will only follow Him. Since the time of Jesus, another 2,000 years have passed. The offer is still available but will end with your life on earth. You are not promised tomorrow.

. . . behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. - II Corinthians 6:2

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. - Matthew 11:28

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© 2020 William Kovacic


William Kovacic (author) from Pleasant Gap, PA on August 28, 2020:

Hi, Peg. I'm glad you found it meaningful. As I told Dora, this chapter along with chapter 4 sets the stage for what a lot of people misunderstand about chapter 6. Hopefully, I'll get to that soon.

William Kovacic (author) from Pleasant Gap, PA on August 28, 2020:

You're quite welcome, Dora. I need to get busy on the next chapter. We'll tie the chapter 5 geneaoloty together with the Chapter 4 genealogy to set the context for a problem in Chapter 6.Tthanks for following.

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on August 26, 2020:

The genealogy of the Bible has become more important to me as I've grown older and studied my own ancestry. You've really brought meaning into these sometimes dry lists of who begat whom.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on August 22, 2020:

"He Himself would be that Savior . . ." Never heard it put that way before but it couldn't be more accurate. Thanks for the information and history.

William Kovacic (author) from Pleasant Gap, PA on August 22, 2020:

Hi, Tammy. I'm glad it was meaningful for you. So many things are happening these days, and this got pushed back. Hopefully, I'll be able to get an installment out every once in a while. I'm planning on taking it up to Genesis 11. We'll see what happens. Thanks for the encouragement to get it done!

Tamarajo on August 21, 2020:

Hi Bill,

Great to see you back with this series.

I love this revelation and how God designed His Word to communicate the Gospel in so many ways.

Everything, including seemingly meaningless geneologies, means something in the Bible.

I enjoyed the lesson.

William Kovacic (author) from Pleasant Gap, PA on August 19, 2020:

My Wednesday is really super, Bill. Hope yours is, too!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on August 19, 2020:

I've read it many times, so it was interesting to view it through your perspective. Thanks for an interesting and informative read, my friend. Have a Super Wednesday!

William Kovacic (author) from Pleasant Gap, PA on August 19, 2020:

Good to see you, Buddy! I'm glad you found it interesting. I started this series over a year ago and never finished it. I thought it's about time I get to it. Thanks for the visit!

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on August 19, 2020:

Fantastic! You fully helped me to understand this part of the Word. If God is nothing else (but of course he is) He is the teacher. Really interesting here.

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