Last week we examined the gospel of Christ in Genesis 3, where we saw how Adam and Eve tried to cover their sin by the works of their hands (sewing fig leaves together to cover their nakedness), but it was wholly inadequate and only God Himself was able to provide a covering of sufficient value through the sacrifice of a living being.  This was a direct shadow and prophecy of what Christ would do about 4,000 years later on the cross of Calvary.

This week, we’ll stay in Genesis as we look at the genealogy of Adam to Noah.  If you’ve read Genesis 5 you may have skipped passed all the names of people born and the number of years they lived.  However, as we study the Bible more carefully, we see that every word is there for a reason and it behooves us to dig in and see what God wants to reveal.  Such is the case with these genealogies from Adam to Noah.

Looking at the genealogical record in Genesis 5, let’s examine the meaning within each Hebrew name from Adam to Noah:

HebrewEnglishMeaning
אָדָםAdamMan / human
שֵׁתSethSeat / appointed (lit: buttocks)
אֱנוֹשׁEnoshMortal man, implies weakness
קֵינָןKenanDwelling / possession
מַהֲלַלְאֵלMahalalelShining of God / light of God / praise of God
יֶרֶדJaredDescend / shall come down
חנוֹךְEnochDedicate
מְתוּשֶׁלַחMethuselahHis death sends / a weapon sent
לֶמֶךְLemechTo be made low *
נֹחַNoahRest / bring relief

When we string these names together and add English contextualities, we get:

Man is appointed a mortal dwelling, but the light of God will come down dedicated;

His death sent to those made low to bring rest.

What do you see?  The gospel! Jesus Christ, God incarnate, the light of the world, came down to earth to die, dedicated as a sacrifice and covering for sin to save us mortal humans from death and give us eternal rest and peace (John 1:1-5, John 8:12, Matt 20:28, 1 John 2:2, Rom 4:25, Matt 11:28). 

Let’s spend some time meditating on the magnitude of God’s sovereignty and how His plan of salvation was designed and instituted even before He created Adam in the garden, even before He laid the foundation of the earth (Eph 1:4).  The gospel of Christ has always been part of “His-story!”