Memory Key – With your hands still at waist level and your palms facing the ground, start wiggling your fingers to simulate raindrops falling to the ground. While doing this, slowly raise your hands back up above your head until your arms are fully extended and say…
Most people yawn when reading the Bible’s genealogies. How sad. Every word of Scripture is intended by God for a specific purpose. As a writer, I know how hard it is to make every word count. God does not have this problem. The genealogies are placed where they are in the Bible to illuminate our understanding, to teach us.
My wife’s name is Noemi. Her name is the Spanish equivalent for the English Naomi. In the original Hebrew, Naomi (נָעֳמִי) means pleasant. Let me testify that Noemi was appropriately named. She is indeed very pleasant! The names listed in Genesis 5:1-32 are very interesting. The definitions of their names open our minds as to how we understand the course of history, events through which they and their descendants lived.
Methuselah lived longer than anyone else in all of history. He was 969 years old when he died. Dr. Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum, in his commentary on Genesis, writes concerning Methuselah:
In Hebrew, Methuselah may mean “man of the spear,” or more likely, “when he dies, it shall be sent.” If this is true, his name was prophetically inspired. “It shall be sent” was a prophecy of the Flood. Methuselah’s father, functioned as a prophet according to Jude 14-15 in giving him his name. Indeed, according to the chronology of Genesis, the very year Methuselah died was when the Flood came.
Methuselah was the father of Lamech, who was Noah’s father. Noah means “comfort” or “rest.” Genesis 5:29 records Lamech as saying, “This one will give us rest from our work and from the toil of our hands arising from the ground which the Lord has cursed.”
Remember! In Genesis 3:15 an unconditional covenant had been given to Adam who acted as the representative head of all humanity. The Adamic Covenant promised that One would come from the “seed of the woman” to crush the seed of the serpent and destroy Satan’s power forever. Adam and Eve, passed this expectation down through the generations all the way to Lamech. Undoubtedly, Lamech knew this because of Methuselah’s name.
Something hugely significant was about to occur. Looking ahead, he must have wondered if his own son would be the expected “seed of the woman?” Would Noah bring an end to the curse on all mankind. Adam, Eve, Seth, Enoch, Methuselah, and Lamech all understood the unconditional nature of the Edenic Covenant recorded in Genesis 3:15. They were like Abraham, who a few generations later would step into history. They believed God. It was their belief in God’s unchanging character and His irrevocable Word that brought them back into relationship with Him. This was in spite of their own personal sin nature. God’s grace was imputed to them because of their belief in His revealed Word at the time in which they lived. This is what all of the Old Testament saints were saved by. It is still this way. God’s grace is imputed to those who believe His revealed Word today.
They were looking forward to Satan’s ultimate defeat through the “seed of the woman.” It was their faith in God’s unconditional covenant with Adam that brought them salvation.
Adam’s breaking of the conditional Edenic Covenant (Genesis 2:15-16) brought results that were greatly multiplied in his progeny. It is clear from the biblical record that the sin brought into the world by Adam’s disobedience took root in the hearts of all men immediately. In Genesis 4, Cain succumbed to jealousy and anger. He murdered his brother Abel.
Hundreds of years passed. The depravity of mankind accelerated. In Genesis 6:11, we discover that the whole earth was corrupt in God sight. Violence was found everywhere. It was then that God decided to eradicate mankind from the surface of the earth. All mankind would die except for one family. God would hit the reset button.
The “Flood” is the third great event of the Genesis. By using the genealogies of Genesis, a year in history can be identified when this worldwide reset occurred.
God created Adam on the 6th day. He was uniquely created as an adult male.
Adam became the father of Seth at 130.
0 + 130 = 130
Seth became the father of Enosh at 105.
130 + 105 = 235
Enosh became the father of Kenan at 90.
235 + 90 = 325
Cainan became the father of Mahalalel at 70.
325 + 70 = 395
Mahalalel became the father of Jared at 65.
395 + 65 = 460
Jared became the father of Enoch at 162.
460 + 162 = 622
Enoch became the father of Methuselah at 65.
622 + 65 = 687
Methuselah became the father of Lamech at 187.
687 + 187 = 874
Lamech became the father of Noah at 182.
874 + 182 = 1056
The Flood started when Noah was 600.
1056 + 600 = 1656 AM (Anno Mundi – Year of the World)
Using the year 4004 B.C (see above) and the year 1656 AM as the date of the flood, an approximate date of 2348 B.C. can be calculated for the year the flood occurred on our own current Gregorian calendar. But don’t take my word for this. Get out your own Bible. Confirm for yourself the calculations of the chart above with the written record that God has provided for you. You should also note that when it comes to the Old Testament, in particular, the Jewish people operated on a Jewish calendar system which is based on solar and lunar cycles. As of the writing of this post, we are living 5,773 years since the God’s creation of the world. In a future article, we will look at the differences in the Gregorian and Jewish calendars.
If you discover dates above to be accurate, then there are implications that must be considered concerning what you believe and what you do with what you believe. This is at the core of the command Jesus has given to all who believe in Him. Disciples of Jesus should continually ask themselves an important question.
If what I am seeing in the Bible can be validated as being true,
then what is it that God is calling me to do?
Tracing the route of the Bible’s covenants provides a road map through God’s plan that glorifies Him. While God destroyed most of the human race through the flood, He did not forget His unconditional Edenic Covenant. He would ultimately destroy Satan through the “seed of the woman.” God never fails to fulfill the provisions of His unconditional covenants. NEVER!
For almost 1656 years, some of the people who had lived before the flood believed God but died before experiencing the fulfillment of His promise to Adam. Because of their faith in God’s Word, even though they died physically, they lived spiritually in Sheol. There, they anxiously awaiting the Deceiver’s ultimate destruction through the “seed of the woman.”
Had God destroyed all of humanity, the “seed of the woman” would never have been born. That would have disproved God faithfulness. Praise God! God is always faithful. He kept the promise of the Adamic Covenant. Noah and his family survived the flood as living proof that God never lies. Satan is the liar. Not God!
Hebrews 11:1-7 says, Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the men of old gained approval. By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible. By faith Abel offered to God a better sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained the testimony that he was righteous, God testifying about his gifts, and through faith, though he is dead, he still speaks. By faith, Enoch was taken up so that he would not see death, and he was not found because God took him up; for he obtained the witness that before his being taken up he was pleasing to God. And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him. By faith Noah, being warned by God about things not yet seen, in reverence prepared an ark for the salvation of his household, by which he condemned the world, and became an heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.
Get your Bible and read Genesis 9. When you are finished, do the things listed below:
Get the spiral-bound notebook that you have already used.
Pray that God will personally teach you through your own private study of His Word.
Three times, read Genesis 9:8-17 very carefully.
Three times, copy Genesis 9:8-17 word for word.
In your own words, write out what this passage says. Do not rely on any outside sources like the notes in the margin of your Bible or other commentaries.
Depend on the fact that God will teach you what He wants you to know if you will let Him.
Answer the following questions:
What does this account teach me about God?
What does this account teach me about myself, about all of humanity?
Does this account teach me about something that should be changed in my life? What is it?
Is there a promise in this account that I can hold on to?
Are there things in this account that I should investigate in more depth?
Fill in the blank. I will share what I have learned from my own sudy of this account with ___________ tomorrow.