Thursday, December 15, 2016

The Notables of the Days of Adam - Genesis 5

“This chapter serves at least three ends in the scheme of Genesis. First, it bears witness to man’s value to God, by naming individuals and stages in this early human phase: each is known and remembered. Secondly, it shows how the line of Seth the ‘appointed’ (4:25) led on to Noah the deliverer. Thirdly, it both demonstrates the reign of death, by its insistent refrain (5b, 8b, etc.), and conspicuously breaks the rhythm to tell of Enoch, the standing pledge of death’s defeat.” -Kidner
                                       5:1-5 From Adam’s creation to his death.
        5: 1 A notable day. Probably a reference to an event that made the day notable rather than a period of time.
5:2 He called “their name” Adam. Source of the meaning of marriage in a woman taking the man’s name as hers. Note: “made” “blessed” “called”.  What God makes He blesses and names: Mr. and Mrs. Adam.  It takes the two sexes together to express what God means by ‘human’ (see 1 Cor. 11:11).
        5: 3 The name “Seth” is probably significant. “Seth” means appointed; a substitute, the third son of Adam and Eve (Gen. 4:25; 5:3). His mother gave him this name, “for God,” said she, “hath appointed me [i.e., compensated me with] another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew.
         The time after Adam’s creation is significant. One hundred and thirty years is a long time. It probably included the birth of many children. Had to be girls from Adam and Eve because the boys were recorded. This is a population increase. Why are the girls not recorded? God started with a man. The woman was significant because of the man. God did not start with a woman, a child bearer. “Man” (male) is significant because created by God. Woman is significant because a child bearer. “Man” (male) is necessary to woman’s child bearing. Woman is necessary to the continuation of God’s created creature, man. “I have gotten a man from the Lord” – Eve. Eve was not creator. Adam was not creator. God remains creator. God is necessary for man to continue his posterity. Every birth is more than biological – it is an event of God breathing life into “dust”.
        5: 4 Adam had sons after Seth. No names. Adam had daughters after Creation. No names. Father Adam? – Genesis 2:24 he is alluded to as “father”.
                                                                 Adam Died
5: 5 And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years; and he died. 930 years - Moses had an Egyptian understanding of a year being 12 months of 30 days each. God defined the “year” in Genesis 1:14. Adam “died” – as promised.