Enosh—Calling On God
When Seth had lived 105 years, he became the father of Enosh. Seth lived 807 years after he became the father of Enosh, and he had other sons and daughters. The entire lifetime of Seth was 912 years, and then he died.
When Enosh had lived 90 years, he became the father of Kenan. Enosh lived 815 years after he became the father of Kenan, and he had other sons and daughters. The entire lifetime of Enosh was 905 years, and then he died.
New English Translation (NET)
Seth was 105 years old when his son Enosh was born. “Enosh” means “man” and comes from a Hebrew word that means “frail, weak.” It’s the word for man that emphasizes how fragile and weak we really are in ourselves.
A remarkable thing is recorded in connection with the birth of this boy: at that time, people began to gather together to worship God, proclaim His name, and pray. There was a revival of public worship and believing prayer as the descendants of Seth met together in the name of the Lord. While the worldly Cainites were boasting of their strength and valor, the godly Sethites were giving glory to the name of the Lord.
Throughout sacred history, it has been the godly remnant that has kept the work of the Lord going in this world. Time after time, the nation of Israel drifted into idolatry and spiritual lethargy, but a believing remnant was raised up to keep the light burning. These courageous people cried out to God for deliverance, and He heard them and answered their prayers.
After the Flood, Noah’s small family was the remnant God used to people the earth. The Prophet Elijah thought he was alone in serving Jehovah, but 7,000 people in the land remained faithful to the Lord (1 Kings 19:9-18). Whoever wrote Psalm 119 was part of a faithful remnant (v. 63), and the prophets wrote about the believing remnant in their day (Isa. 10:20-23; 37:31-32; Jer. 11:23; Micah 4:7; Mal. 3:16). Isaiah named one of his sons “a remnant shall return” (Isa. 7:3), and a remnant did return to their land after the Babylonian Captivity. God used them to rebuild the temple and the city of Jerusalem and to restore the Jewish nation as a political entity.
How many people does God need to get a job done?
Ten righteous people in Sodom could have saved the city from destruction, and Jesus said that He was present if only two or three were gathered in His name (Matt. 18:20). Jesus sent the Holy Spirit at Pentecost to empower 120 believers, and Paul evangelized the Roman Empire with a small team of men and women who were wholly devoted to the Lord.
God has always looked to the remnant to pray, trust Him, and get the work done.
So, when the work of the Lord looks like it’s failing, and you feel like you’re the only one left to serve God, remember Enosh and the godly remnant in his day that called on the Lord. “If He wants to save us, then no force is too big or too small.” (1 Sam. 14:6).
Enoch—Walking With God
When Kenan had lived 70 years, he fathered a son named Mahalalel. After Mahalalel was born, Kenan lived another 840 years, and he had other sons and daughters. He was 910 years old when he died.
When Mahalalel had lived 65 years, he fathered a son named Jared. After Jared was born,Mahalalel lived another 830 years, and he, too, had other sons and daughters. He was 895 years old when he died.
When Jared had lived 162 years, he fathered a son named Enoch. After Enoch was born, Jared lived another 800 years, and he had other sons and daughters. He was 962 years old when he died.
When Enoch had lived 65 years, he fathered a son named Methuselah. After Methuselah was born, Enoch lived in a close relationship with God for 300 more years; he also had other sons and daughters. He lived to be 365 years old, but Enoch had such a close and intimate relationship with God that one day he just vanished—God took him.
Enoch leaves this world in an unusual way. He is taken without experiencing death. But he is not the last.
When Methuselah had lived 187 years, he fathered a son named Lamech. After Lamech was born, Methuselah lived another 782 years, and he also had other sons and daughters. He was 969 years old when he died.
The Voice (VOICE)
People like Kenan, Mahalalel, and Jared may not seem important to God’s great story of salvation, but they are important; for they were “living links” in the great generational chain that reached from Seth to the birth of Jesus Christ. God’s promise in Genesis 3:15 could never have been fulfilled were it not for the faithfulness of many undistinguished people who to us are only strange names in an ancient genealogy.
When Enoch was sixty-five years old, his wife gave birth to a son whom they named Methuselah (“man of the dart”). This was a turning point in Enoch’s life, because he then began to walk with the Lord.
Did the responsibility of raising a son in such a godless world so challenge Enoch that he knew he needed the Lord’s help?
Or when the baby was born, did God give Enoch insight into the future so that he knew the Flood was coming?
We don’t know, but we do know that the arrival of this baby changed Enoch’s life.
The meaning of Methuselah’s name isn’t significant, but his long life of 969 years is significant. In the year that Methuselah died, the Flood came! Perhaps the Lord told Enoch this news after the baby was born, and it so gripped his heart that he began to walk with God and do God’s will. “Knowing that one day all this will come to pass, think what sort of people you ought to be—how you should be living faithful and godly lives” (2 Peter 3:11). The fact that Jesus is coming again to judge the world ought to motivate God’s people to lives of holiness and obedient service (1 John 2:28-3:3).
The sobering phrase “and he died” isn’t used of Enoch, because Enoch is one of two men in Scripture who never died. Both Enoch and Elijah were taken to heaven alive (2 Kings 2:1-11). Some students see in Enoch’s pre-Flood “rapture” a picture of the church being taken to heaven before God sends tribulation on the earth (1 Thes. 4:13-5:11).
It was “by faith” that Enoch was taken to heaven (Heb. 11:5). He believed God, walked with God, and went to be with God, which is an example for all of us to follow. Imagine how difficult it must have been to walk with God during those years before the Flood, when vice and violence were prevalent and only a remnant of people believed God (Gen. 6:5). But Enoch’s life of faith wasn’t a private thing, for he boldly announced that God would come to judge the world’s sins (Jude 14-15). In his day, the judgment of the Flood did come; but the judgment Enoch was announcing will occur when Jesus Christ returns, leading the armies of heaven and condemning Satan and his hosts.
Enoch’s life and witness remind us that it’s possible to be faithful to God in the midst of “a crooked and perverse generation” (Phil. 2:15). No matter how dark the day or how bad the news; we have the promise of our Lord’s return to encourage us and motivate us to be godly. One-day sin will be judged and God’s people will be rewarded for their faithfulness, so we have every reason to be encouraged as we walk with God.
When Lamech was 182 years old, he had a son. He named him Noah, saying, “This one will give us a break from the hard work of farming the ground that God cursed.” After Lamech had Noah, he lived another 595 years, having more sons and daughters. Lamech lived a total of 777 years. And he died.
When Noah was 500 years old, he had Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
The Message (MSG)
Noah—Rest and Comfort From God
Though they bore the same name, Lamech in the line of Seth was radically different from Lamech in the line of Cain. Seth’s Lamech fathered a son, Noah, who walked with God and was used of God to save the human race and continue the messianic promise. Cain’s Lamech murdered a young man who had wounded him and then boasted to his wives about his evil deed.
Lamech’s great concern was that mankind find comfort and rest in the midst of a wicked world where it was necessary to toil and sweat just to stay alive. Life was difficult, and the only hope that true believers had was the coming of the promised Redeemer. Lamech named his son Noah, which sounds like the Hebrew word for “comfort.” His prayer was that his son would somehow bring to the world the rest and comfort that people so sorely needed. Centuries later, weary people would hear the voice of Jesus say, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest” (Matt. 11:28).
If Genesis reveals the inadequacies of people without God, it also demonstrates the adequacy and completeness of people with God. That is the great positive message of Genesis.
Genesis reveals that when human beings live with God, they are able to live at peace and in harmony with other human beings.
Genesis declares that only human beings in fellowship with God can know supreme happiness – the righteousness, peace and joy that people always hunger for. Realization comes only as people discover that the indwelling God is the answer to all their needs.