From Adam to Abraham

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

The Bible doesn’t speak of great human achievement coming from the line of Seth as it does from Cain’s line. But if you do some home work in the genealogy of Genesis 5 you discover a profound achievement from God’s perspective that demonstrates the faithfulness of Seth’s descendants. On our way to this discovery let’s also look at an interesting time line I’ve developed to demonstrate the ease with which pre-flood knowledge and experience could have been made available to those who came after.  We’ll assume Adam was born in Year One and use Biblical life spans.

NameBornDiedName Means
Adam1930Man
Seth1301042Appointed
Enosh2351140Mortal (Lived 905 years. Only 821 when Noah was born)
Kenan3251235Sorrow
Mahalel3951290The Blessed God
Jared4601422Shall come down
Enoch622987Teaching (By tradition Adam, Seth and Enoch named the stars, putting the gospel story in the 12 constellations of the Mazzaroth … later perverted in the signs of the Zodiac)
Methuselah6871656His death shall bring (The flood came the year He died)
Lamech8741651Despairing (56 years old when Adam died)
Noah10562006Rest (Still around when Abraham was born)

These 10 names contain the Gospel message.

“Man is appointed mortal sorrow. But the blessed God shall come down teaching that His death shall bring the despairing rest.”

I have not found any equivalent message hidden in the names of Cain’s descendants. They focused on the things of this world while Seth’s line was concerned with the things of God even to the extent of naming their sons.

Let’s continue.

NameBornDied
Shem15572157(out lived 8 of the next 9 generations including Abraham)
Arphaxad16572095
Shelah16922125
Eber17222186(Some see the origin of “Hebrew” in this name)
Peleg17561995(Earth was divided into continents during his life)
Reu17862018
Serug18182048
Nahor18481996
Terah18772082
Abraham19472122(First man to be called a Hebrew. 59 years old when Noah died)

If Adam related his eye witness account to his grandson Enosh, and Enosh repeated it to Noah, Noah could have taught it to Abraham. Could God have arranged this? Shem was also alive during all of Abraham’s life. Some believe Shem appeared in Genesis 14:18 as Melchizedek. At issue is whether Melchizedek (King of Righteousness) is a name or a title.

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