Genesis 5

Genesis 5 makes me tired.  It is the list of the generations of Adam.  I struggled to keep up with my kids when we parented them in our 20’s and 30’s.  Adam had Seth when he was 130 years old, and had more sons and daughters after that.  Seth was 105 when he had his first son Enosh.  They lived 930 and 912 years old respectively.  Wow – that is quite a life.  Plenty of time to leave a legacy there across a whole lot of generations.  We think it special when we have four generations together, but Adam experienced a whole lot more than that.

Enosh had a son when he was 90 – Kenan – so is bringing that age down.  He lived to be 905 and then died.  Kenan was only 70 when he fathered Mahalalel, so the age is creeping down for first borns.  And he lived 910 years and had other sons and daughters along the way.  Mahalalel fathered his son at age 65 named Jared. He is the first of the men to not make 900 years old and died at age 895.  Jared fathers Enoch but waited til he was 162 so a big step the other way.  Maybe they learned that parenting needed some more wisdom before starting the family.

Enoch fathered Methuselah at age 65, and the description changes on Enoch.  Scripture says he “walked with God….300 years and had other sons and daughters”.  He only lived 365 years, less than half of the former men.  But his life was different.  Scripture says “Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him”.  Methusaleh waited til he was 187 to father Lamech and lives to be the oldest of the folks described – dying at age 969.  Lamech took a page from his dad’s book and fathered Noah at age 182.  He lived to be 777 years old.

After Noah was 500 years old, Noah fathered Shem, Ham and Japheth”.  He waited way longer than any of the rest.  Noah is the 10th generation descendent from Adam, which actually is quite a few years since they all lived so long, but still a relatively short piece of the timeline.  Only ten generations to become corrupt as we’ll learn in the next chapters, bad enough that God wants to start over.  Sin is a problem that God can’t tolerate.  He is not willing to allow it to go unchecked.

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