Recapitulation of the creation of man
1 This is the written account of Adam's line. When God created man, he made him in the likeness of God. 2 He created them male and female and blessed them. And when they were created, he called them "man. "
It seems as though this will be a complete retelling of Adam’s lineage, but watch how it changes.
The genealogy, age, and death of the patriarchs from Adam to Noah
3 When Adam had lived 130 years, he had a son in his own likeness, in his own image; and he named him Seth. 4 After Seth was born, Adam lived 800 years and had other sons and daughters
The lineage just changed and the importance now falls upon Seth, why? Because his is the line through which redemption will come, and the plan is already in action.
“The Story”, shoots right past so many things, which have a tremendous significance. (I say that because I have looked at many of these things, and I have come to understand that there is nothing of significance in scripture.) Examples:
· Enoch – This is the man walked with God and was no more. He did this during a time when we see no one else doing this. He was the father of Methuselah.
· Methuselah – Loses his father to God after three hundred years. How does that affect anything? It tells me Methuselah was able to watch and understand how to communicate with God. Do a little math and you will find that Methuselah, the oldest man on earth, died the same year as the flood. You might think that insignificant until you realize that his name is actually prophetic, conveying that at his death it will come.
I. THE FIRST MAN. Adam. “Of the earth, earthy.” His happiness Gen_1:28). His moral dignity, likeness of God (Gen_1:26; Eph_4:24; Col_3:10). His mental greatness; named the animals, etc. (Gen_2:20). His regal position (Gen_1:28). His relation to other created intelligences (Heb_2:7-8). His great age; lived 930 years (Gen_5:5). During 243 years a contemporary of Methuselah, who for 600 years was contemporary of his grandson Noah. The Biblical Illustrator
The supreme (God) – created a human being, made in His own image (Adam); but this man failed and so God had to introduce a substitute (Seth)– Jesus, who came as a mortal man (Enosh). Jesus completely paid the price necessary for man’s redemption, and essentially fixed (Kenan) everything so that we could again be to the praise of God (Mahalalel). In order to do this Jesus had to descend (Jared) into the depths of hell itself. Because he willingly paid this price for us, God declared Him to be a priest forever, and he dedicated (Enoch) us back to God. This Jesus is of that branch (Methusaleh), and He now reigns all powerful (Lamech). We, who are followers of Christ, have a hope and a promise of entering into that rest (Noah), where we will spend eternity with our love forever.