And They Died
So all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years; and he died. (Genesis 5:5) So all the days of Seth were nine hundred and twelve years; and he died. (Genesis 5:8) So all the days of Enosh were nine hundred and five years; and he died. (Genesis 5:11) So all the days of Cainan were nine hundred and ten years; and he died. (Genesis 5:14) So all the days of Mahalalel were eight hundred and ninety-five years; and he died. (Genesis 5:17) So all the days of Jared were nine hundred and sixty-two years; and he died. (Genesis 5:20) So all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred and sixty-nine years; and he died. (Genesis 5:27) So all the days of Lamech were seven hundred and seventy-seven years; and he died. (Genesis 5:31)
God cannot lie, and He does not lie. He promised death to Adam and Eve if they ate of the forbidden tree. Their spiritual death was immediately apparent. Their physical death would happen later. And he died, and he died, and he died…
The long life spans reflect the earth’s conditions in the antediluvian (pre-flood) age. Prior to the flood, conditions were much different genetically and environmentally, which allowed for longer lives. In fact, the average age of those mentioned in Genesis 5 is 912 years! Today, average life spans in developed countries are from 70-80 years. Whether life is long or relatively short, everyone dies. The death rate is still 1:1.
There is a fascinating observation made by some scholars as to the Hebrew meanings of the collective names in this chapter.Adam means “man” Seth means “appointed” Enosh means “mortal, frail, or miserable” Kenan means “sorrow” Mahalalel means “Blessed God” Jared means “shall come down” Enoch means “teaching” Methuselah means “his death shall bring” Lamech means “despairing” Noah means “rest” or “comfort”
Putting it all together: Man (is) appointed mortal sorrow; (but) the Blessed God shall come down teaching (that) His death shall bring (the) despairing rest.
Could it be true? Has God intentionally placed the gospel message in these early chapters of Genesis?
In the Bible, “and he died” is replaced by “and HE died,” referring to the Lord Jesus Christ, whose death and resurrection means that true believers will live forever.
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26)
For Further Review
1. Reflect on the fact that God cannot lie and keeps His promises. Which of God’s promises have you experienced recently?
2. Consider Jesus confirming the story of Noah as being historical. How does His affirmation of Noah support the account of Genesis 5? How does Jesus’ reference to Old Testament figures support the the fact of their actual existence?
3. What about Jesus’ question to Martha in John 11:26. Do you believe this? In a couple of sentences, write out your testimony that describes your faith in the risen Christ.
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