Tuesday, October 11, 2005

A Fascinating Discovery in the Bible


Have you visited my "God's Creative Call" blog? It is a recap on the current Bible study that I attend on Tuesday mornings. It contains the Scripture reading for the week and questions to answer in the book of Genesis. We are currently working on chapter 5. I know what you are probably thinking. Who loves reading through all the genealogies in the Bible? While at first glance they seem long and boring, they are there for a reason.

When we study the Bible a lot closer than just reading the words, we find that God used different models and types within the pages of Scripture to illustrate a point. In this post, I will show you the context of Him using names to illustrate a truly important point through this fabulous discovery within the pages of the Torah.

You might be tempted to skip this post. You might think you can't learn anything new from reading through boring genealogies. I'll admit. When I first came across this lesson I almost skipped through it. But the last sentence made me go back and carefully read through the whole thing!

Take a look at this passage…

1This is the book of the genealogy of Adam. In the day that God created man, He made him in the likeness of God.

2He created them male and female, and blessed them and called them Mankind in the day they were created.

3And Adam lived one hundred and thirty years, and begot a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth.

4After he begot Seth, the days of Adam were eight hundred years; and he had sons and daughters…. …

And on and on it goes. However, there is a great mystery under the surface of this chapter just waiting to be discovered. What’s in a name?

How many of you have looked up your name to see what it means? As a society, this practice is all but lost today, but in ancient times it was simply the way it was done. Parents named their children after key events of the times, or after God (or gods in pagan cultures). That’s why the term “el” appears in so many Hebrew names for instance. It is a name for God.

With this genealogy however, not only do the names give insights to man’s early history, they also paint a much broader picture. Let’s take a look…


The first name, Adam, comes from adomah, and means "man." As the first man, that seems straightforward enough.


Adam's son was named Seth, which means, "appointed." When he was born Eve said, "For God hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew." (Genesis 4:25) See, the Bible even helps us out with the name meanings.


Seth's son was called Enosh, which means "mortal," "frail," or "miserable." It is from the root word anash: which means to be incurable; used of a wound, grief, woe, sickness, or wickedness. (It was in the days of Enosh that men began to defile the name of the Living God by the way)


Enosh's son was named Kenan, from which can mean "sorrow," dirge," or "elegy."


Kenan's son was Mahalalel, from mahalal, which means "blessed" or "praise"; and EL, the name for God. Thus, Mahalalel means "the Blessed God." As I said, often Hebrew names included El, the name of God, such as Dani-el, "God is my Judge," Nathani-el, "Gift of God," etc.


Mahalalel's son was named Jared, from the verb yaradh, meaning "shall come down." Some authorities suggest that this might have been an allusion to the "Sons of God" who "came down" to corrupt the daughters of men, resulting in the Nephilim ("Fallen Ones") of Genesis 6, but that’s a whole other study…


Jared's son was named Enoch, which means "teaching," or "commencement." He was the first of four generations of preachers. In fact, the earliest recorded prophecy was by Enoch, which amazingly enough deals with the Second Coming of Christ. (Found in Jude 14-15)


The Flood of Noah did not come as a surprise. It had been preached on for four generations. But something strange happened when Enoch was 65, from which time "he walked with God." Enoch was given a prophecy that as long as his son was alive, the judgment of the flood would be withheld; but as soon as he died, the flood would be sent forth. Enoch named his son to reflect this prophecy. The name Methuselah comes from two roots: muth, a root that means “death”; and from shalach, which means "to bring," or "to send forth." Thus, the name Methuselah signifies, "his death shall bring." And, indeed, in the year that Methuselah died, the flood came. Methuselah was 187 when he had Lamech, and lived 782 years more. Lamech had Noah when he was 182. The Flood came in Noah's 600th year. 187 + 182 + 600 = 969, Methuselah's age when he died.

Here’s a riddle for you… If Methuselah was the oldest man in the Bible, how could he die before his father?

The answer: Enoch never died, he was translated, or raptured, before the flood (a type of the Church before the great tribulation)! “Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.” Genesis 5:24, Hebrews 11:5

It is interesting that Methuselah's life was, in effect, a symbol of God's mercy in forestalling the coming judgment of the flood. It is therefore fitting that his lifetime is the oldest in the Bible, symbolizing the extreme extensiveness of God's mercy.


Methuselah's son was named Lamech, a root still evident today in our own English word, "lament" or "lamentation." Lamech suggests "despairing."


Lamech, of course, is the father of Noah, which is derived from nacham which means, "to bring relief" or "comfort," as Lamech himself explains in verse 29... “And he called his name Noah, saying, "This one will comfort us concerning our work and the toil of our hands, because of the ground which the LORD has cursed.”

Let me ask you this; was the curse lifted after Noah? Did man no longer have to toil with his hands, or work for his provision? No. In fact, one doesn't need to be a rocket scientist to realize that the curse is very much alive, well, dead actually, today.

So even here we see an allusion to something greater within the text… So let’s see what all these names say when we put them together, in the order they are given in the Bible…

1. Hebrew name

2. English describing meaning of name










The Blessed God


Shall come down




His death shall bring


The despairing


Rest, or comfort

Simply add a few simple conjunctions and read it again…

Man (is) appointed mortal sorrow; (but) the Blessed God shall come down teaching (that) His death shall bring (the) despairing rest.

Here is a summary of God's plan of redemption, hidden here within a genealogy in Genesis!

You will never convince me that a group of Jewish rabbis deliberately "contrived" to hide the "Christian Gospel" right here in a genealogy within their venerated Torah!

Remember our key verses here…

“The volume of the book it is written of me…” and “ Jesus Christ and Him crucified.”

Now just for something to throw out to you, these types of models (actually called Macrocodes) are all throughout the Old Testament. The one I just shared clearly illustrates redemption through Jesus at the cross.

1 Corinthians 2:2 - For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.

Luke 24:44 - And he said unto them, These [are] the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and [in] the prophets, and [in] the psalms, concerning me.

Remember, “Jesus Christ and Him crucified”, and also Jesus’ words directing us to the Law of Moses, the prophets and the Psalms.

Jesus fulfilled hundreds of prophecies written about him in the Old Testament concerning the Law of Moses, the prophets and the Psalms.

My question is, knowing all of this how could anyone not see the miraculous nature of God's Word, the Bible?

Isn't this fascinating?


Clandestine said...

Okay, okay. That was interesting - the thing with the names making a sentence, I mean.

And I'm sorry to burst your bubble, but the meaning of the words came from the Bible. The first man, according to the Bible, was named Adam. THEREFORE, Adam means man. Not the other way around.

And I mean this in all seriousness - - - how can anyone explain these ages?!?!?

Christinewjc said...

Some explanations for why people lived so long back then include:

1. The human race was more genetically pure in this early time period, so there was less disease to shorten life spans.

2. No rain had yet fallen on the earth, and the expanse of water "above" (1:7) kept out harmful cosmic rays and shielded people from environmental factors that hasten aging.

3. God gave people longer lives so they would have time to "fill the earth" (1:28).

Another thing to consider. Death was the result of sin. In Scripture there is a direct connection between sin and death (Romans 5:12). One causes the other. Death came into the universe as a result of sin (Genesis 2:17).

This means that death is not natural. It is an unnatural intruder. God intended human beings to live. Death is therefore something foreign and hostile to human life. Death has arisen because of our rebellion against God; it is a form of God's judgment.

I can expand on this if you are interested in reading more.

Susan Smith said...

You are right, Christine... the mysteries of God's Word are fascinating and mankind has only scratched the surface.

I enjoy biblical mathematics. God did indeed have a purpose for all those numbers in scripture! The best book I know of on the subject is "Biblical Mathematics" by Dr. Ed Vallowe.

As that beautiful love chapter 13 of 1Corinthians tells us, we see in a mirror dimly and now we know in part. Faith, hope and love abide, but the greatest of these is love.

Love never fails! (ss)

Jojo said...

Well, I posted a comment last night, but I see now that it didn't work.

I thought this was so interesting. God never ceases to amaze me with what is brought out of scripture. It all ties together in such amazing ways. The more we study the more we learn and see God's amazing wisdom, power and love. Thanks for sharing this post Christine.

Susan Smith said...

Hi Jojo!

It is great to see you again. I have missed you.

I can tell you enjoy Christine's blog as I do. What a blessing...(ss)

Jojo said...

Hi Susan,
I have missed you too. If you haven't read my blog lately, you probably don't know my daughter has been back in the hospital again. It has been about like last time, with still no answers as to what the problem is.

I have been checking in as I can. Hope all is well with you.

Christinewjc said...


I decided that it would not be wise to just leave you hanging, so I am continuing on for further explanation to your question and the subject of death.

There is grace even in death. For death, as a judgment against sin, serves to prevent us from living forever in a state of sin. (We just covered this topic in my "God's Creative Call" study.)

When Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 2:17; 3:6), God assigned an angel to guard the Tree of Life. This was to protect against Adam and Eve eating from the Tree of Life while they were yet in a body of sin. How horrible it would be to live eternally in such a state.

By death, then, God saw to it that man's existence in a state of sin had definite limits. And by sending a Savior into the world - the Lord Jesus Christ- God made provision for taking care of the sin problem (John 3:17). Those who believe in Him will live eternally at His side, the sin problem having been banished forever.

It is interesting to note that at the culmination of human history as we know it, the Tree of Life appears again in Revelation 22:2. This tree of life is like the one in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 2:9). After Adam and Eve sinned, they were forbidden to eat from the tree of life because they could not have eternal life as long as they were under sin's control. But because of the forgiveness of sin through the blood of Jesus, there will be no evil or sin in this city. We will be able to eat freely from the tree of life when sin's control over us is destroyed and our eternity with God is secure.

Christinewjc said...

Hi Jojo!

Good to see you posting again! I'm sorry that your post didn't work last night. I'm not sure why that happened.

This was an amazing find, wasn't it? I agree. Everything you and Susan said shows us what an awesome God we serve!

As I always tell the scientists who cling to their macroevolutionary opinions on the origin of life...we, and they, are always trying to "catch up to God" and His Creative call and wisdom!

Jojo said...

Hi Christine,
Yea, I'm just checking in when I can. My daughter has been in the hospital again, so things have been a little busy and stressful.

Wanted you to know that I just started a new Bible Study by Beth Moore. It is on Gal and the Fruit of the Spirit. I have missed the first two group times because of her being hospitalized, but have started the lessons and they are really good. Will look forward to hearing about the conference.

Christinewjc said...

Oh Jojo,

I'm so sorry to hear that Kristin was in the hospital again. I'm sure it must be a very stressful and busy time for you. You both continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

That new study sounds excellent. I hope that you will be able to attend most of the sessions. I have found that attending Bible study is such a great stress reducer. Despite the pain, sorrow and suffering going on in the world, it is so uplifting to know how much God cares for us and loves us! The cross of Christ is proof of that fact. He is with us through it all and carries us when we need it most.

Love in Christ,