Genesis 5 – The Lineages, Enoch son of Seth

Probably the most interesting part of these sections is the length that man lived in those days. Adam gave birth to Seth “in his own image” at the age of 130 years. Finally we see a possible reference to Adam giving birth to daughters: Genesis 5:4 “…. and the days of Adam after he begat Seth were 800 years: and he begat sons and daughters.” What I’m not sure of is whether it is referring to Seth or Adam. It repeats the same words for Seth so it must be Adam.

In the midst of the birth/death lineage, we find an example of someone who does not fit into this mold: Enoch, son of Jared, son of Mahalel, son of Kenan, son of Enosh, son of Seth (3rd son of Adam we assume.)

Genesis 5:21: “And Enoch lived 65 years and begat Methuselah: and Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah 300 years, and begat sons and daughters: and all the days of Enoch were 365 years: and Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.”

Enoch
Are you aware of the existence of the Book of Enoch?

Very interesting! Enoch did not die, he walked with God, therefore, he was “not.” Also is it coincidence he lived 365 years, as there are 365 days in a year? Is Enoch a reference not to just a man, but the generation where this number became of cultural significance? Doesn’t say so, but the numbers tend to hint to more than what is being read.

Also note this man is not the Enoch of the lineage of Cain, who was Cain’s first born and who he built a city named after.

Now we are introduced to Noah, the son of Lamech, who says:

Genesis 5:29 “…and he (Lamech) called his name Noah, saying, This same shall comfort us in our work and in the toil of our hands, which cometh because of the ground which Jehovah hath cursed.”

So Noah is said to come to comfort the people because of the suffering they experience due to the ground Jehovah has cursed. Initially I feel this points to the curse Jehovah put upon Adam, and Noah was their reprieve. So, without peeking into the future, will the ground no longer be cursed thanks to Noah? Will the earth provide its strength now that he is here? Must read on to find out.

And Noah has 3 sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

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