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