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Arno Gaebelein's Annotated Bible

Genesis 5

 

 

Verses 1-31

III. THE BOOK OF THE GENERATIONS OF ADAM

CHAPTER 5

Adam and His Seed Through Seth

1. Adam (Genesis 5:1-5)

2. Seth (Genesis 5:6-8)

3. Enos (Genesis 5:9-11)

4. Cainan (Genesis 5:12-14)

5. Mahalaleel (Genesis 5:15-17)

6. Jared (Genesis 5:18-20) 7. Enoch (Genesis 5:21-24)

8. Methuselah (Genesis 5:25-27)

9. Lamech (Genesis 5:28-31)

10. Noah (Genesis 5:32)

Here we find the record of the seed of Seth. There is a striking contrast with the record of the Cainites in the previous chapter. The Cainites were progressive, built cities and made inventions. Nothing is said of the God-fearing generations in this chapter accomplishing great earthly things. They were pilgrims and strangers, waiting for better things. In the fourth chapter the word “die” is not mentioned. Nothing is said of the duration of the life of Cain and his seed. Eight times in the fifth chapter we read “and he died.” One did not die. We learn from this that the Lord keeps a record of the lives, the work and the years of His people. His saints are in His hands.

The names of ten generations translated give a startling revelation. In them we read the faith of the pious generations before the flood and for what they waited.

Adam -- Man

Seth -- Set

Enos -- Frailty

Cainan -- Deplorable

Mahalaleel -- The Blessed God

Jared -- Descends

Enoch -- Teaching

Methuselah -- Death sent away

Lamech -- Powerful

Noah -- Rest, Comfort

The record of Enoch must be compared with Jude 1:14-16 and Hebrews 11:5. He was translated before the great judgment swept over the earth. Enoch is a type of the living saints at the close of the present age, who will be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye. Study Enoch’s walk, Enoch’s faith, Enoch’s testimony, Enoch’s suffering and Enoch’s translation with the help of the New Testament passages.

 


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Gaebelein, Arno Clemens. "Commentary on Genesis 5:4". "Gaebelein's Annotated Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/gab/genesis-5.html. 1913-1922.

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