Wednesday, August 11, 2010

 In Genesis 5, the generations from Adam to Noah are given, but not only does it give us the names but it gives us also a divine message from GOD of His plan for mankind's salvation through His Son Jesus Christ.

The first name, Adam, means "Man". As the first man.

Adam's son was named Seth, which means "appointed". When he was born Eve said, "For God has appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew."

Seth's son was called Enosh, which means "mortal," "frail," or "miserable." It is from the root anash: to be incurable, used of a wound, grief, woe, sickness. It was in the days of Enosh that men began to defile the name of the Living God.

Enosh's son was named Kenan, from which can mean "sorrow", "dirge", or "elegy"

Kenan's son was Mahalalel, from whcih means "blessed" or "praised" and El the name for God. Thus, Mahalalel means "The Blessed God." Often Hebrew names included El, the name of God, as Dani-el, "God is my Judge," and Nathani-el, "Gift of God," etc.

Mahalalel's son was named Jared, from the verb yaradh, meaning "shall come down."

Jared's son was named Enoch, which means "teaching," or "commencement." He was the first of four generations of preachers. In fact, the earliest recorded prophecy was by Enoch, which amazingly enough, deals with the Second Coming of Christ (although it is quoted in the Book of Jude in the New Testament- Jude 14,15.

Enoch was the father of Methuselah, which means "His death shall come." Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah. Apparently, Enoch received the prophecy of the Great Flood, and was told that as long as his son was alive, the judgement of the Flood would be withheld. The year that Methuselah died, the Flood came.

Methuselah's son was named Lamech, a root still evident today in our own English word, "lament" or "lamentation." Lemech suggests "despairing."

Lamech is the father of Noah which is derived from nacham, "to bring relief" or "comfort," as Lamech himself explains:
"And he called his name Noah, saying, This same shall comfort us concerning our work and toil of our hands, because of the ground which the LORD hath cursed." -Genesis 5:29

Ok, so lets put this together,

Adam =Man
Seth =Appointed
Enosh =Mortal
Kenan =Sorrow;
Mahalalel =The Blessed God
Jared =Shall come down
Enoch =Teaching
Methuselah =His death shall bring
Lamech =The despairing
Noah =Rest, and/or comfort

"Man (is) appointed mortal sorrow; (but) the Blessed God shall come down teaching (that) His death shall bring (the) despairing rest and comfort."

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