Genesis 5

Greetings!

I realize that geneologies can seem dry and boring, but I encourage you to at least scan them and note some of the names and ages.  Geneologies were extremely important to the Jewish people.  Note how in Matthew 1 and Luke 3 Jesus’ ancestors are listed.  This was crucial to be able to identify the Messiah predicted in the Old Testament.  It was also important when the Israelites entered the Holy Land because they were divided by tribe.  One rule of thumb to remember is that being the “son of” someone doesn’t just mean being the literal son.  It could mean grandson, great-grandson, etc.  Therefore, you can’t just add up the ages in the geneologies to determine exactly how long ago Adam and Eve lived. 

Why did these people live so long?  Did years mean the same thing as they do  now?  Here are a few possibilities:

  • God allowed people to have longer lives so they could populate the earth more quickly.
  • People were more genetically pure.
  • Perhaps the extra-long ages (e.g., Methuselah at 969 years) represented dynasties and not individuals (though I think this is the least likely scenario). 

Note that it is repeated that humans were created in God’s likeness and that “He created them male and female and blessed them.

Genesis 5 This is the written account of Adam’s line. When God created man, he made him in the likeness of God. He created them male and female and blessed them. And when they were created, he called them “man.” When Adam had lived 130 years, he had a son in his own likeness, in his own image; and he named him Seth. After Seth was born, Adam lived 800 years and had other sons and daughters. Altogether, Adam lived 930 years, and then he died. When Seth had lived 105 years, he became the father of Enosh. And after he became the father of Enosh, Seth lived 807 years and had other sons and daughters. Altogether, Seth lived 912 years, and then he died. When Enosh had lived 90 years, he became the father of Kenan. And after he became the father of Kenan, Enosh lived 815 years and had other sons and daughters. Altogether, Enosh lived 905 years, and then he died. When Kenan had lived 70 years, he became the father of Mahalalel. And after he became the father of Mahalalel, Kenan lived 840 years and had other sons and daughters. Altogether, Kenan lived 910 years, and then he died. When Mahalalel had lived 65 years, he became the father of Jared. And after he became the father of Jared, Mahalalel lived 830 years and had other sons and daughters. Altogether, Mahalalel lived 895 years, and then he died. When Jared had lived 162 years, he became the father of Enoch. And after he became the father of Enoch, Jared lived 800 years and had other sons and daughters. Altogether, Jared lived 962 years, and then he died. When Enoch had lived 65 years, he became the father of Methuselah. And after he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters. Altogether, Enoch lived 365 years. Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away. When Methuselah had lived 187 years, he became the father of Lamech. And after he became the father of Lamech, Methuselah lived 782 years and had other sons and daughters. Altogether, Methuselah lived 969 years, and then he died. When Lamech had lived 182 years, he had a son. He named him Noah and said, “He will comfort us in the labor and painful toil of our hands caused by the ground the Lord has cursed.” After Noah was born, Lamech lived 595 years and had other sons and daughters. Altogether, Lamech lived 777 years, and then he died. After Noah was 500 years old, he became the father of Shem, Ham and Japheth.

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