Genesis 5- The Gospel in a Genealogy!
A number of years ago I heard the following teaching from men like Chuck Missler, Perry Stone etc and it blew my mind. You may or may not agree with it but stay with me anyway and your mind may be blown also.
Does the Bible contain hidden messages? Some say no, but I would like to suggest that if you do enough study you may find some surprising things.
When people come to chapters like chapter 5 in Genesis, most people simply skip over it as why would a list of names interest you. But I believe that there is nothing in the Bible by accident and everything has a purpose. In our Bibles, we read the ten Hebrew names: Adam, Seth, Enosh, Kenan, Mahalalel, Jared, Enoch, Methuselah, Lamech, and Noah. Since these are proper names, they are not translated, but only transliterated to approximate the way they were pronounced. But what do these names mean in English?
A Question – If Methusaleh was the oldest man in the Bible, how could he die before his father? The answer is Enoch was his father who didn’t die, but was cought up directly to heaven. This will mean something to you eventually.
The flood of Noah did not come as a surprise. It had been preached on for 4 generations. But something strange happened when Enoch was 65, from which time “he walked with God.” Enoch was given a prophecy of the coming Great Flood, and was apparently told that as long as his son was alive, the judgement of the Flood would be withheld; but as soon as he died, the Flood would be sent fourth.
Enoch named his son to reflect this prophecy. The name Methuselah comes from two roots: muth, a root that means “death; and from shalach, which means “to bring, or “to send forth”. So the name Methuselah signifies “his death shall bring.” And indeed, in the year that Methusaleh died, the flood came. Methuselah was 187 when he had Lamech, and lived 782 more years. Lamech had noah when he was 182. The flood came in Noah’s 600th year. 187+182+600=969, the year Methuselah died.
It is interesting that Methuselah’s life was, in effect, a symbol of God’s mercy in forestalling the coming judgement of the Flood. It is therefore fitting that his lifetime is the oldest in the Bible, symbolising the extreme extensiveness of God’s mercy.
Since there is such significance in Methuselah’s name let’s examine the other names.
The first name, Adam, Adomah, means “man” this is simple enough.
Adam’s son was name Seth, which means “appointed”. When he was born Eve said, “For God has appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain murdered.”
Seth’s son was called Enosh, which means “mortal”, “frail”, or “miserable.” It is from the root anash: to be incurable, used of a wound, grief, woe, sickness, or wickedness. It was in the days of Enosh that men began to defile the name of the living God. Do we take God’s Name in vain?
Enosh’s son was named Kenan, from which can mean “sorrow,” “dirge,” or “elegy.”
Kenan’s son was Mahalalel, from which Mahalal means “blessed” or “praise”; and El, the name for God. So Mahalalel means “the Blessed God”. Often Hebrew names include El.
Mahalalel’s son was named Jared, from the verb yaradh, meaning “shall come down.” Some people suggest that this might be an allusion to the “Son’s of God” who “came down” to corrupt the daughters of men, resulting in the Nephilim (“fallen ones”) of Genesis 6.
Jared’s son was named Enoch, which means “teaching,” or “commencement”. He was the first of four generations or preachers. In fact the earliest recorded prophecy was by Enoch, which, amazingly enogh, deal with the second coming of Christ. This is quoted in Jude 14,15.
Enoch was the father of Methuselah, whom we have already mentioned means “his death shall bring.”
Methuselah’s son was named Lamech which means “despairing”.
Lamech, of course, is the father of Noah which comes from the word Nacham meaning “to bring relief” or “comfort,” as Lamech himself explains:
“And he called his name Noah, saying, This shall comfort us concerning our work and toil of our hands, because of the ground which the Lord has cursed.” Genesis 5:29.
So what does all this means? Let’s put it all together:
Mahalalel The Blessed God
Jared Shall come down
Methuselah His death shall bring
Lamech The despairing
Noah Rest, or Comfort
When we put this all together the genealogy reads like this:
“Man (is) appointed mortal sorrow; (but) the Blessed God shall come down teaching (that) His death shall bring (the) despairing rest.”
Here is a summary of God’s plan of redemption, hidden here within a genealogy in Genesis.
The implications of this discovery are far more deeply significant than may be evident at first glance. It demostrates that in the earliest chapters of the book of Genesis, God had already laid out His plan of redemption for the predicament of mankind. It is the beginning of a love story, ultimately written in blood on a wooden cross which was erected in Judea almost 2,000 years ago. Our God is in control. Nothing is by chance as far as God is concerned. He knows everything from the begining to the end and nothing takes God by Surprise. What a great God we have.