The aim of this passage it to cause us to learn the names of some people in the first generations of humanity starting from Adam and ending at Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
Adam’s descendants until Enoch (Gen 5:1-20)
God the father, through foreknowledge, has elected us.
God created man, male and female, in his likeness. He blessed them and named them Man. Adam fathered Seth, who was like him inside and outside. Adam had other children and died at the age of 930. Seth fathered Enosh, who fathered Kenan, who fathered Mahalalel, who fathered Jared, who fathered Enoch. Each of these people had other sons and daughters and they all died, except for Enoch.
The Scriptures that God is sovereign and this is what makes Him worthy of worship. In Exodus 33:19 we read, “And he said, ‘… And I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy.’” In these verses, we see how over several generations God chose certain people and through them, He would raise His nation, Israel, and later bring the Messiah into the world. It is in the same way that these people were selected that we as Christian are now elected to be saved.
Has God chosen you as one of His own? How do you know this?
Enoch had a different relationship to God compared to others (Gen 5:21-24)
A relationship with Jesus Christ gives us a superior quality of life.
Enoch fathered Methuselah. Enoch walked with God and God took him when he was 365 years old so that no one could find him.
Rather than say that Enoch lived, the way that other men in this passage lived, the Scriptures say that Enoch walked with God for 300 years after fathering Methuselah. His relationship to God was so remarkably different that his existence could not be rightly be defined as merely living.
In John 10:10 Jesus Christ says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” Jesus came to give us a superior quality of life by opening the way to God the father. The intimate relationship that Enoch had with God is now available to us.
How has believing in Jesus Christ affected the quality of your life?
Adam’s descendants from Methuselah until Noah’s sons (Gen 5:25-32)
A relationship with God is all the comfort we need.
Methuselah fathered Lamech and other children. He died at the age of 969 years. Lamech fathered Noah and other children and died at the age of 777 years. Noah means “comfort” because Lamech said, “Out of the ground that the LORD has cursed, this one shall bring us relief from our work and from the painful toil of our hands.” Noah fathered Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
Noah indeed in his life brought comfort to humanity from its curse but humanity did not want the relief. The comfort was through the word of God prophesying of the flood but humanity was not ready to listen and repent. It is the same case with Jesus Christ. He came to offer humanity reconciliation to God but we would not accept it. John 3:19 says, “This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.”
How has living according to God’s word taken away your sorrow?