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Lesson # Genesis 5:1-5
Study Material - Genesis 5:1-5
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1 This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day when God created man, He made him in the likeness of God. 2 He created them male and female, and He blessed them and named them Man in the day when they were created. 3 When Adam had lived one hundred and thirty years, he became the father of a son in his own likeness, according to his image, and named him Seth. 4 Then the days of Adam after he became the father of Seth were eight hundred years, and he had other sons and daughters. 5 So all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years, and he died.
We have seen the generations of Cain, seven of them, and they came to an end at the flood in Noah's time. Now we have the generations of Adam. Not all of the descendants, but only the promised line of Christ. Here the first Adam is given in his initial start and the descendants of the first Adam, but also, the last Adam, Jesus Christ, has His ancestry listed in the initial phases of human existence.
The line of Christ will continue beyond the flood. Christ's line is the line of promise and Gods faithfulness. Nothing in creation can deter Gods plan. But the line of sin, Cain, will come to an end. Cain ended and so will sin come to nothing. The cities, the memorials, that sin builds for itself as Cain built cities, will cease. But the line of promise will continue forever. We as believers are in that line of promise.
God created man in a day, the sixth day. Again the Bible indicates that man did not evolve over a long space of time, but was created, 'bara', instantly out of nothing, that is the soul life of man. Man was created out of the dust of the earth, 'adam', meaning red dirt, common dirt, useless dirt. Any farmer knows that the red dirt is not good for growing anything but maybe tumbleweeds, but the black dirt is rich in the things necessary for agricultural production.
God made man in His own likeness, after the format of the pattern of God, with respect to the soul, such as mentality, volition, conscience, self consciousness, emotion, memory centers, and so forth. He made man in the two sexes, side by side, matching components of each other, opposites and incomplete when apart. Joined together they become one, just as we become complete when our soul joins with Gods Word to make us complete. Without doctrine we are incomplete.
God named man, Adam, dust. Man did not name himself. Man did not create himself, nor was man a freak occurrence in nature, therefore man has no right to self rule. Mankind cannot advance in his being to a point where he will 'grow up' and then be qualified for self rule. Only God can rule, because God has all the facts and all the wisdom. God does all for our benefit, unfortunately man rejects God and turns to his own inferior knowledge and consequently messes up in life. Isa. 51:1, we came from the earth, and therefore our wisdom is no better than the dust we came from. Man is named for the earth he came from, and woman is named from the man she came from. Man is earth and woman is from the earth.
After Adam had lived 130 years he had Seth. Adam lived a total of 930 years and he had sons and daughters. We do not know how long Adam and Eve were in the Garden of Eden. But let's assume that it was less then 30 years. Christ went 33 years without sinning and we probably can presume that, that was a significantly longer time in this world than Adam and Eve had before they sinned. If Christ lived a shorter time without sinning, then Satan could cry foul and demand that Jesus live as long as or even longer than Adam and Eve before they sinned. So Jesus was exposed to tremendous temptations, even more so than any other person in history. So Adam and Eve probably lived just a few years if even that long, in the Garden before they sinned.
If Eve was a productive woman in terms of child bearing and if she lived as long as Adam, say 900 years, then she could probably have had children between 30 years of age or earlier and maybe 500 years of age, which may correlate to the current day female who can have children between 30 and 50 years of age. Sure 15 year olds can have kids, but the relationship of a 900 year life span to a 90 year life span is what I am getting at. So Eve could potentially have had several hundred children if you count possible twins, triplets, and so forth. And if half were female, and they lived comparable lives to their respective husbands, then at the end of the first millennium, just after Adam died, the population of the earth could have been ten's of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of people. By the time of the flood, the population could have been in the ten's of millions. You can play with all kinds of mathematical models just for fun and make whatever assumptions you like.
Adam had already had Abel and other children. Now he had Seth, who is mentioned in the line of Christ. There were most certainly other believers from Adam and Eve, who are not mentioned. In the last chapter mention was made that 'men' in the plural, began to call on God. So there were other believers, but there were unbelievers as well.
We do not pass down faith or salvation to our children like we do our genetics in our biological reproduction. Faith comes from a thinking process, a commitment from the soul to believe in Jesus Christ. No parent can be guaranteed that future generations will turn out good. Every generation stands on its own, and either succeeds or fails spiritually. Adam was the father of the human race so to speak. God was our creator. Respect was not given him for this fact and honor. Many chased off to do their own thing. They left doctrine by means of their own reasoning power and intelligence. People were not cave man dummies, with dumb blond wives, like in the movies. They were highly intelligent people, capable of inventing many things quickly in history, as some of the talents of Cain's descendants were described. Technology took off quickly in that first millennium, then fell off with modest gains for several millennium, and finally has taken off like a rocket in these past few decades. This next century will probably see some technological advances that will boggle the mind. But children from one generation to the next regardless of the health of the parent, the wealth of the parent, the status of the parent, the environment of the parent, may or may not be like the parent. There are no guarantees as far as how the kids turn out.
Adam had many successes as well as failures. Adam lived 930 years, and knew Methuselah, who knew Noah. Look at the graphic chart of the Generations on the Index page. Knowledge could easily have passed from Adam to Noah over those 1600 plus years. Adam witnessed the best from the Garden, and probably the worst from the likes of Cain.
We all have time in this world to accomplish spiritual maturity. Though we do not have 900 years as Adam did, because no amount of vitamins will get you that long of a life, but we still have time to demonstrate our true self to God, and our attitude toward His Word. Technology will not accomplish that long of a life span again in history. Only at the second advent of Christ, when the millennium of Christ's rule begins, will the life spans again lengthen to 1000 years, and this will be immediate. Yet another miracle of God proving that man is hopeless in his venture to perfect himself apart from God.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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