Now that I have made my point, hopefully regarding Adam and his authorship of the first four chapters of Genesis, let me now come in agreement with you regarding Moses and his contribution to the first four books of Genesis, and what we will find in regard to my point on Adam’s authorship is the fact Moses came across these documents regarding human history while growing up in Egypt.
There is no doubt, Moses is responsible for compiling the first four books of the bible because a great part of the first four books of the bible has to do with his experience growing up in Egypt, confronting the new king, and leading his people out of Egypt toward the promised land, today called Israel, previously Canaan.
And now that we are in chapters five of Genesis, we will work our way toward those truths as we look at the genealogy and history of Man Moses compiled and left as records for our discovery. The story begins like this, and as we read this history of human development, let us ask the question, why was it so important for Moses to have leave this record behind.
Genesis 5:1-32 This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him; Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created. Adam lived a hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth: And the days of Adam after he had begotten Seth were eight hundred years: and he begat sons and daughters: And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died.
Now, there is something to discover here, and it has to do with the word likeness, because what we will find is the understanding as to what it means when the bible used the term likeness of God and likeness of Adam. And the thing to discover is the understanding when the bible used the likeness of God and man it is dealing with the nature or a favorable nature that is in agreement with whom that person is.
This would mean God in creating man gave him the freewill to be like God, and to see God as his role model. It would mean, the knowledge of God is in the hearts of everyman, and to desire the things of God is in the heart of every man leading us to understand what right and wrong is.
In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him; Male and female created he them. Both the man and woman are a vessel containing the passions, knowledge, and understanding of God and is aware of his presence in the created world. Our desire is to be like God, to desire the things he desire, he is our Father. Which was why when the temper came and tempted Adam, he should have avoided his trap.
Nevertheless, through the revelation of our generations and ancestry, we can see what it means to be created in the image of God, because we read concerning Adam’s children after him, and the following generations that follows. “Adam lived a hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth:”
Adam had a son in his own image, and if we can remember, this son of Adam Seth was in the image of Adam because he was pleasing to Adam. And he was the son to have replaced Abel whom Cain killed confirming, Cain killed Abel because Adam overlooked him and gave Abel the kingdom because as the bible said, Abel was more pleasing to God and Adam. Genesis 4:4-5 “The Lord respected Abel and his offering, but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell.”
Now, the days of Adam after he had begotten Seth were eight hundred years: and he begat sons and daughters: And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died.” But not without leaving the kingdom in the hands of a good and worthy son.
From this point on, every son to be born, and every son listed is a son created or born in the likeness of his father, and the son to whom the kingdom will be passed with instruction on how to govern the kingdom in wake of the coming Messiah or king promised to come into the world to redeem mankind. And if we can remember the question as to why it was so important for Moses to have leave us this record of names found on the fifth chapter of Genesis, and what we will discover, it is because of the promise son to come and the claim to which Jesus would later hold as his authority as God’s son.
Genesis 3:14-15, The Lord God said unto the serpent, because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”
The son of contention was coming to bruise or destroy the kingdom of the son of Lucifer to come, that father of lies and darkness whose plan it is to hijack the kingdom of God by utilizing rebelling men. Therefore, what we see on the page of chapters five of Genesis is a list of the sons who were kings over the kingdom of God awaiting the true and coming savior of the world. But as we will see, their reign will be challenged as time goes by leading to a downfall and the first global judgment that fell on the world and that generation of men.
After Adam, Seth lived a hundred and five years, and begat Enos: And Seth lived after he begat Enos eight hundred and seven years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Seth were nine hundred and twelve years: and he died. And Enos lived ninety years, and begat Cainan: And Enos lived after he begat Cainan eight hundred and fifteen years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Enos were nine hundred and five years: and he died.
And Cainan lived seventy years, and begat Mahalaleel: And Cainan lived after he begat Mahalaleel eight hundred and forty years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Cainan were nine hundred and ten years: and he died. And Mahalaleel lived sixty and five years, and begat Jared: And Mahalaleel lived after he begat Jared eight hundred and thirty years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Mahalaleel were eight hundred ninety and five years: and he died.
And Jared lived a hundred sixty and two years, and he begat Enoch: And Jared lived after he begat Enoch eight hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Jared were nine hundred sixty and two years: and he died. And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah: And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.
God took Enoch, this was a significant change in human history, and what we did not realize reading this important passage is the fact Enoch came to the realization God was in a short period of time was about to send judgment upon the earth, and this judgment would come at the end of his son’s life. So, when Enoch’s son was born, Enoch began to search out the will of God, and so walked in complete obedience and in the fear of God escaping death.
Now, Methuselah lived a hundred eighty and seven years, and begat Lamech: And Methuselah lived after he begat Lamech seven hundred eighty and two years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred sixty and nine years: and he died.
And Lamech lived a hundred eighty and two years, and begat a son: And he called his name Noah, saying, this same shall comfort us concerning our work and toil of our hands, because of the ground which the LORD hath cursed. And Lamech lived after he begat Noah five hundred ninety and five years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Lamech were seven hundred seventy and seven years: and he died. And Noah was five hundred years old: and Noah begat Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
Noah was to be the final son of those who were like gods in their days, men living in our eyes forever in relation to our life span, and yet it was because of the evil of their generation God cut us down to a life span of just one hundred and twenty years, if we should live so long upon the earth. But as we can see, these lists of names are important because they are an account of human history and the reality there is a God pointing also to the truth, the bible and its records are the experience of real people whose lives were transformed by the events written down on its pages.