Summary: This is a study of the book of Genesis. Genesis and Revelation are two of the most disputed books in the Bible. The premise of this study is the foundation of creation.
Note: When doing a study on a book in the Bible you use a lot of resources. The major influence for me on this study of Genesis is The Genesis Record by Henry Morris. This study was done such a long time ago I am not sure what other sources was used but I thought it was interesting for the studies in Genesis.
The Decendants of Seth
Three facts seem to be emphasized in the record of the ten antediluvian patriarchs in Genesis 5: (1) God was preserving and recording the divinely ordained line of the promised Seed, with the appropriate genealogical and chronological data; (2) God’s command to “be fruitful and multiply” was being carried out, since the record recites that each one in the line “begat sons and daughters”; (3) God’s curse was also in effect, since in spite of the fact that each man lived many hundreds of years, eventually “he died.”
This list of names and ages of the antediluvians, which may seem dull and monotonous at first, thus becomes meaningful and exciting on closer inspection. It is from this section, telling us that men once were able to live almost a thousand years, that we deduce something of the marvelous nature of the world’s primeval environment. It also indicates that men were able to father children during most of their long lives (Enoch had a son at age sixty-five, for example, and Noah at age five hundred). There is no reason to think, of course, that the men whose names are listed were the first born sons of their fathers. Seth, the first in the list, was the third son of Adam; and Shem was possibly the second or third son of Noah (Genesis 10:21). The recorded names are those sons who turned out to be in the line of the promised Seed.
Rom 5:12-14 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned; (13) (For until the law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law. (14) Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come.
Adam’s Generation Ends
Gen 5:1 This is the book (what book? The bible) of the genealogy of Adam. In the day that God created man, He made him in the likeness of God (this is about to change in verse 3). 2) He created them male and female, and blessed them and called them Mankind in the day they were created.
It is interesting to note that the record of Cain’s descendants stops with the deeds of Lamech, who was in the seventh generation from Adam. From the chronologies of Genesis 5, it is evident that Adam died during the lifetime of Enoch, who was also in the seventh generation from Adam. This suggests that Adam still kept up with Cain and his descendants as long as he lived, even though Cain had so severely alienated himself from his family. Likewise, there was apparently stilt some belief in his father’s God, as noted before, in Cain’s own line, until about this same time.