Summary: 2 of 2. Genesis records the path of transmission of a legacy of righteousness. We must transmit a legacy of righteousness to our progeny. But How are we to transmit such a legacy? A device for transmitting a legacy of righteousness is my...
TRANSMITTING A LEGACY OF RIGHTEOUSNESS—II
Genesis records the path of transmission of a legacy of righteousness.
We must transmit a legacy of righteousness to our progeny.
How are we to transmit a legacy of righteousness to our progeny?
4 devices for transmitting a legacy of righteousness to our progeny.
We discovered previously that A device for transmitting a legacy of righteousness is my...
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:3—“And Adam lived one hundred & thirty years, & begot a son in his own likeness, after his image, & named him Seth.”
Adam had already lived 130 yrs. until Seth was born. There is no mention of Abel or Cain here. There is no question as to the meaning of “130 years.”
Thereby we can conclude that Abel’s murder occurred sometime within 130 yrs. of Adam’s creation.
Something to consider...?Can it be assumed that since Cain & Abel are not mentioned here, that Adam, & therefore all of the following fathers(:4-32), could have been fathers prior to the mention of the specific names listed here?
Seth was made in the “likeness” of Adam. Seth was made according to Adam’s “image.” This speaks to our understanding of the use of these same terms regarding Mankind’s being created in the “image” & “likeness” of God(1:26-27). As our sons are a product of ourselves, they are very real “images” of their father(& mother) & also bear their “likeness.”
Both Adam & Eve named Seth(4:25—where Eve names). Adam is the head of this family & Eve is his willing partner.
As God named His creation, so do people “name” theirs. It seems everything mankind does is associated with a picture or an image of God. No wonder some who reject God come to the aberrant conclusion that they themselves are gods.
“Lived”—hyx khaw-yaw'—1) To live, have life, remain alive, sustain life, live prosperously, live for ever, be quickened, be alive, be restored to life or health. Strong— a primitive root [compare hwx khaw-vah']; To live, whether literally or figuratively; causatively, to revive.
“Years”—hnv shaw-neh' (in pl. only) —1) Year—1a) As division of time, 1b) As measure of time, 1c) As indication of age, 1d) A lifetime (of years of life). Strong—A year (as a revolution of time).
“Begot”(See :4)—dly yaw-lad'—1) To bear, bring forth, beget, gender, travail. Strong—a primitive root; To bear young; causatively, To beget; medically, To act as midwife; specifically, To show lineage.
“Likeness”(See :1)—twmd dem-ooth'—N. f.—1) Likeness, similitude—Adv.—2) In the likeness of, like as. Strong—Resemblance; concretely, Model, shape; adverbially, Like. Used 25X.
“Image”—Mlu tseh'-lem—1) Image—1a) Images (of tumours, mice, heathen gods), 1b) Image, likeness (of resemblance), 1c) Mere, empty, image, semblance (fig.). Strong—from an unused root meaning to shade; A phantom, i.e. (figuratively) Illusion, resemblance; hence, A representative figure, especially an idol. Used 17X.
This is the same word used in Gen. 1:26-27.
“Named”(See :2—“Called”)—arq kaw-raw'—1) to call, call out, recite, read, cry out, proclaim. Strong—a primitive root [rather identical with arq kaw-raw' through the idea of accosting a person met]; To call out to (i.e. properly, Address by name, but used in a wide variety of applications).
“Seth”—tv shayth—Seth = "compensation"(See 4:25).
:4—“After he begot Seth, the days of Adam were eight hundred years; & he had sons & daughters.”
Adam had many children that are not mentioned in this genealogy.
*The point of this genealogy is to show how a particular/specific generational line played out providentially into God’s plan for the world. This manifests itself in :28-32ff. Noah is the endpoint or focus of this genealogy. Adam’s line thru Seth is its beginning. Thus Cain’s generations leads to an unrepentant & variant endpoint with Lamech(4:16-24).
Adam(& Eve) bore other children—both “sons & daughters”— during the 800 yr. period following Seth’s birth.
“It was the chief means of reserving a knowledge of God, of the great truths of religion, as well as the influence of genuine piety. So that, as their knowledge was obtained by tradition, they would be in a condition to preserve it in the greatest purity.”—JFB
So begins a word order which is repeated for each generation thruout this chapter.
“Had/Begat”2X(See :3)—dly yaw-lad'—1) To bear, bring forth, beget, gender, travail. Strong—a primitive root; To bear young; causatively, To beget; medically, To act as midwife; specifically, To show lineage.
“Sons”—Nb ben—1) Son, grandson, child, member of a group—1a) Son, male child, 1b) Grandson, 1c) Children (pl. - male and female), 1d) Youth, young men (pl.), 1e) Young (of animals), 1f) Sons (as characterisation, i.e. sons of injustice [for un- righteous men] or sons of God [for angels], 1g) People (of a nation) (pl.), 1h) Of lifeless things, i.e. sparks, stars, arrows (fig.), 1i) A member of a guild, order, class Strong—A son (as a builder of the family name), in the widest sense (of literal and figurative relationship, including grandson, subject, nation, quality or condition, etc., [like ba ’ab awb—father &, xa awkh—brother—, etc.]).