God’s Creation – The Family Of Adam
Sin had entered the human race, and it didn’t take long for the corruption it spawned to spread and defile God’s creation. Like a cancerous tumor, evil infected civilization and brought death wherever it went. God’s vice-regents on earth, created in God’s image, couldn’t manage their own lives let alone God’s creation, and things began to fall apart.
This section of Genesis covers over 1,500 years of human history, years that are overshadowed by sin and sorrow. But when the night is the darkest, the stars shine the brightest; and when the outlook is grim, the uplook is encouraging. Thirteen different people are named in this section, and four of them stand out because they’re associated with something special that God did to encourage His people. Those four were Seth, Enosh, Enoch, and Noah.
Seth—A New Beginning From God
The only ray of hope in that dark day was God’s promise that a Redeemer would one day be born of the woman and conquers the serpent. But Abel was dead, so he couldn’t beget a child; and Cain, the unbelieving murderer, had wandered off and built a city in the Land of Nod, east of Eden.
Would God’s promise be fulfilled? How could it be fulfilled?
God is sovereign in all things and His plans aren’t frustrated by the foolish and sinful ways of mankind. Because He is the sovereign God, He “works all things according to the counsel of His will” (Eph. 1:11). “But our God is in heaven; He does whatever He pleases” (Ps. 115:3). The Lord enabled Eve to conceive and bear a son whom she named Seth (“granted”) because God had appointed him to replace Abel.
The History of Adam’s Family
This is the book (the written record, the history) of the generations of the offspring of Adam. When God created man, He made him in the likeness of God.
He created them male and female and blessed them and named them [both] Adam [Man] at the time they were created.
When Adam had lived 130 years, he had a son in his own likeness, after his image; and he named him Seth.
After he had Seth, Adam lived 800 years and had other sons and daughters.
So altogether Adam lived 930 years, and he died.
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Genesis 5 is the first genealogy in Scripture and introduces “the book of the generations of Adam”. Ten generations are listed here, from Adam to Noah, just as ten generations are listed from Shem to Abraham in “the generations of Shem”. Eight times in Genesis 5 you find the melancholy phrase “and he died,” for death was now reigning over mankind because of Adam’s sin. Sin and death still reign today, but through Jesus Christ we can “reign in life”.
In Bible history, very often the birth of a baby has made the difference between defeat and victory for God’s people. During the Jews’ difficult years in Egypt, Moses was born and became the liberator of his people (Ex. 2:1-10). When the lamp of prophecy was burning very low, Samuel was born to bring Israel back to God’s Word (1 Sam. 1-3); and when the kingdom was disintegrating under Saul, God sent a son to Jesse whom he named David, the man God had chosen to be the next king (Ruth 4:18-22; 1 Sam. 16). At a very low point in Jewish history, by the grace of God, one little boy continued the messianic line from David (2 Kings 11:1-3). In spite of Satan’s attacks and the disobedience of His people, God was faithful to work so that His promise of a Redeemer would be fulfilled.
Knowing this should encourage God’s people as they see the world turning more and more toward sin and rebellion. God is sovereign and He will accomplish His purposes.