Summary: This message serves as a transition from Creation into our study of the Book of Revelation. Following the Creation account it is important to understand Who is revealed in scripture even from the very beginning of recorded human lineage!
Alpha and Omega Series, Part 8
Concluding our series titled, “Alpha and Omega”; literally the beginning & the end
-- Examining two critical questions: How did we get here? How does it end?
We’ve covered Creation and literal fracturing of our relationship in the fall
-- Next week we begin Revelation; but today is a special type of message for us
- Most know something about Revelation: it is the literal revealing of Jesus Christ
-- The title suggests an unveiling of something, which is what John does for us
-- However, it’s important to know about Who is revealed first … and when
-- Gen 3:15 gives a hint that One who will come will be: a man & crush serpent
-- But what God does in Genesis Chapter 5 through Moses is just … amazing
- He reveals for us 10 generations, and Moses records them … but … WHY these?
Read Genesis 5:1-32
Ω Point 1 – A Hidden Message (1-32)
- There are 10 generations listed in the beginning of Genesis
-- These generations list the descendants of Adam and go straight to Noah
-- After researching this and examining it, I think it will greatly surprise you
- Adam's name means man. As the first man, that seems straight forward enough
-- Gen 2:7, “Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.”
- The Hebrew for man (Adam) is the word adamah
-- Adamah literally means ground or earth, from which Adam was created
- Adam's son was named Seth, which means appointed.
-- Eve said, "God has granted me another child in place of Abel, since Cain killed him." (Genesis 4:25)
-- Seth was a replacement for Abel, appointed to continue their lineage
- Seth's son was called Enosh, which means mortal, frail, or miserable.
-- This name is from the root word of “anash”, which means “to be incurable”
-- Also means “used of a wound, grief, woe, sickness, or wickedness”
- It was in the days of Enosh that men began to defile the name of the Living God
-- Through pagan worship and false idols God was replaced and set aside
- Enosh's son was named Kenan, which can mean sorrow, dirge, or requiem
-- This name implies a negative connotation of one who beings much grief
-- Kenan very well could’ve taken father’s pagan worship to excess to bring grief
- Kenan's son was Mahalalel …
- Very important: “El” is the name for God
-- Mahalal (without the “El”) means blessed or praise
-- Elohim (God, singular and plural form, depending on the context)
-- El Shaddai (God almighty)
- So, Mahalalel literally means the Blessed God
- Often Hebrew names include El, the name of God as a sign of respect, honor
-- As an example: Dan-i-el, with translates to "God is my Judge"
- Mahalalel's son was named Jared
-- He is the fifth generation removed from Adam and Eve
- His name comes from verb “yaradh” which means shall come down
-- This name is a foreshadowing of something to come later
- Jared's son was named Enoch, which means teaching, or commencement
- Enoch was the first of four generations of preachers
-- He delivered earliest prophecy; prophesied about the coming of Jesus in Jude
-- Jude 14-15, “Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about them: “See, the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of his holy ones to judge everyone, and to convict all of them of all the ungodly acts they have committed in their ungodliness, and of all the defiant words ungodly sinners have spoken against him.”
- Enoch received the prophecy of the Great Flood, and was told that as long as his son was alive, the judgment of the flood would be withheld
- Enoch was the father of Methuselah, his name means his death shall bring
- Remember that his father Enoch received the prophecy about the flood
-- At his birth, Enoch received a special revelation concerning the judgment of the great Flood
-- Methuselah is the eighth generation and means when he dies, it shall be sent
- The year that Methuselah died, the flood came
- It is interesting that Methuselah's life was, in effect, a symbol of God's mercy in forestalling the coming judgment of the flood.
- It is also fitting that his lifetime is the oldest in the Bible, symbolizing the extreme extensiveness of God's mercy.
- Methuselah's son was named Lamech
- His name comes from the root word of lament or lamentation