Genesis 5 (ESV)
This is the book of the generations of Adam. When God created man, he made him in the likeness of God. 2 Male and female he created them, and he blessed them and named them Man when they were created. 3 When Adam had lived 130 years, he fathered a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth. 4 The days of Adam after he fathered Seth were 800 years; and he had other sons and daughters. 5 Thus all the days that Adam lived were 930 years, and he died. 6 When Seth had lived 105 years, he fathered Enosh. 7 Seth lived after he fathered Enosh 807 years and had other sons and daughters. 8 Thus all the days of Seth were 912 years, and he died. 9 When Enosh had lived 90 years, he fathered Kenan. 10 Enosh lived after he fathered Kenan 815 years and had other sons and daughters. 11 Thus all the days of Enosh were 905 years, and he died . . . Continue Reading
Making Every Moment Count
I’m intrigued at how long people lived in the generations right after the fall. It’s as if they were still “riding the wave” of what life would have been like had Adam and Eve not eaten from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2:9). Each generation listed in Genesis 5 lived shorter lives than the previous which might highlight this effect on creation.
Because Adam had lived 930 years, he would have lived through six successive ages. I found an interesting narrative in John Calvin’s Commentary on Genesis:
“When the family of Seth had grown into a great people, the voice of Adam might daily resound, in order to renew the memory of the creation, the fall, and the punishment of man; to testify of the hope of salvation which remained after chastisement, and to recite the judgments of God, by which all might be instructed. After his death his sons might indeed deliver, as from hand to hand, what they had learned, to their descendants; but far more efficacious would be the instruction from the mouth of him, who had been himself the eye-witness of all these things.”
Calvin, J., & King, J. (2010). Commentary on the First Book of Moses Called Genesis (Vol. 1, p. 229). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software
In reading through the genealogies, Enoch is the first to be described as one that “walked with God” (Genesis 5:22, Genesis 5:24). This phrase “walked with God” is the same expression to describe Noah as “a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time” in Genesis 6:9, and Abraham and Isaac as faithful servants of God (Genesis 17:1; Genesis 24:40; Genesis 48:15).
Is the reason Enoch did not die (Genesis 5:24) because he “walked with God?”
Noah, who is one of the most recognized names of the entire Bible makes his first appearance in Genesis 5:30-32.
As I consider daily resounding who the Lord is, what He has done in my life and how others can have peace with God through faith in Christ, I am left with a heightened sense of urgency. Unlike Adam and his descendants, my time on earth is much shorter. I want to make every moment count.
Thank you for reading my Daily Bible Journal!
Reading, reflecting and writing from the Bible has so radically impacted my life in Christ, it’s as if I’ve been on auto-pilot when reading the Bible in the past. There’s something about “sitting with the text” and through prayerful reflection, sharing what comes to mind. Because I’m posting online for others to read, I consider my words carefully and try to be clear and accurate.
This daily process enhances my understanding of God’s Word and embeds it into my conscience. It literally gets “hidden in my heart!”
I hope this encourages others to be in God’s Word every day.
For God’s Glory,