Summary: A message on the men of god found mentioned in Genesis 5.
THE MEN OF GOD BEFORE THE FLOOD
TEXT - Gen. 5: 1 - 8, 19 - 32
INTRO. - God has had his men in every age. God will not leave
this world without a witness to himself. Here in Gen. 5 we
see the history of those who loved God from Adam to the
flood. The flood came when the godly line of Seth found here
in Gen. 5 began to mix with the ungodly line of Cain found in
Gen. 4: 16 - 24. The cause of the flood is given in Gen. 6: 1
- 3. God’s people, the salt of the earth who were the moral
and spiritual preservative against sin, began to mix with the
world and lost their power and purpose. God says "as it was
in the days of Noah so shall it be in the days of the coming
of the Son of Man" so we will see this mixing repeated in the
As God’s people begin to allow the world to set their
standards of what is right and wrong, dress, habits, and
morals rather than allow the Word of God to set them we step
a little closer to the same conditions that brought the
Thank God that there are still a few people who love and
serve Him. Gen. 5 lists the names of ten men from Adam to the
flood who got right with God and lived for him during those
dark days. The men list in Gen. 5 were godly for several
1. They are separated from those listed in Gen.4 where
we find the godless line of Cain.
2. The names of these ten men have godly meanings.
3. Five of these men are mentioned with a bit of detail
and all said of them says they were godly.
LET US LOOK BRIEFLY AT FIVE OF THESE MEN AND SEE THE MESSAGE
THAT GOD HAS FOR US.
I. ADAM -- WHEN I THINK OF ADAM I THINK OF DEATH - Gen. 5:1-2
I Cor. 15:22 says,"...in Adam all die". Gen. 5 is one
of the saddest chapters in the Bible. It is like walking
through a cemetery and reading the names on the tombstones.
Death is the end of the sad story of sin. God told Adam that
in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
Adam ate and Adam died. His family died. We are by birth and
by nature children of Adam. Seth was born in the image and
likeness of his father Adam and Adam died (5:5), and Seth
died (5:8), and we will die.
This chapter teaches me the great truth that no matter
how long you live you are going to die. This chapter also
teaches the truth that no matter how long you live. you will
be in eternity a lot longer than you were here in time.
Notice vs. 5, 8, 11, 14, ... 27. Here we find people who
lived many years and yet they died. The oldest lived almost a
thousand years and yet he has been in eternity for at least
five thousand years and will be there forever.
The one sin of Adam (they both had the same name
according to Gen.5:2 until Adam the man called Adam the
female Eve) led to the deaths of all these others. See James
1:15. When I think of Adam I think of death.
II. SETH -- WHEN I THINK OF SETH I THINK OF THE INFLUENCE OF
A GODLY MAN - Gen. 5: 3 - 7
Gen. 4:26 shows the influence of Seth upon his son. We often
fail to realize the influence of a man upon his family for
God or against God. We see a genealogy here that is like a
iron chain with one link influencing the next. One break
would have affected the whole chain. Because of the godliness
of Seth he influenced his descendents who influenced their
descendents. If Seth had become like Cain his brother, there
would not have been men like Enoch and Noah years later.
ILL.- I had the privilege to pastor a rural church that was
over 120 years old. This church was unique in that it
had several generations of families attending. I was
surprised to realize that families where the parents
were faithful to all the services of the church had an
influence over the years on their children’s families
and their grandchildren’s families to do likewise.
Families who attended only Sunday morning services or
were irregular in their attendance seemed to reproduce
these habits in the families of their children and
grandchildren. There were exceptions to the rule but
they were few. When I think of Seth I think of the
influence of a man upon his family.