Thursday, December 22, 2011

Revisiting A Macrocode Found in Genesis

Back in 2007, I shared a blog post that described what a "macrocode" is and showed a fascinating one that had been discovered within the book of Genesis.

The meaning of names given in Genesis gives us a prophetic sign pointing towards the Person of Jesus Christ and what He would accomplish in His mission for our salvation!

The fact that Jesus is LORD, and he was born on this earth as the awaited Jewish Messiah cannot be overlooked by Christian believers. The Old Testament is filled with prophecies that were ultimately fulfilled by Jesus Christ. There can be no denial of this. It is only unbelief that does not allow a person to see exactly who Jesus REALLY is!

As we celebrate the MIRACULOUS birth of Jesus in two days, may the wonder of His love for you bolster your faith in Him!

Merry Christmas!

~ Christine

The original post can be found here.

Today, I just want to focus on the section that discusses the macrocode:


I find it interesting that the passage in Hosea about God using models and types comes within the context of Him using names to illustrate a point. This is how we find our first type in this study…

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. 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…







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. For our purposes here, we have only covered one that reveals the identity of the true Messiah and illustrates salvation through the cross. Remember, “Jesus Christ and Him crucified”, and also Jesus’ words directing us to the Law of Moses, the prophets and the Psalms. That’s where we should direct our attention.

Written by Jerry Cesario


Susan Smith said...

Christine said: “It is only unbelief that does not allow a person to see exactly who Jesus REALLY is!”

I was pleased to receive this message recently: “Join us as we stand side by side with our Jewish brothers for the lighting of the Hanukkah Menorah on the steps of the South Carolina State House”

Hanukkah also known as the Festival of Lights, is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple

Hanukkah is called the Feast of Dedication in the bible (John 10:22). This holiday is mentioned in Holy Scripture. “Jesus walked in the temple…” (John 10:23).

Your body is the temple: “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? (1 Corinthians 6:19, NASB)

On Tuesday evening South Carolina lit the first candle of the menorah at the state house. I am pleased that I live in a state of this diverse country that honors and supports ISRAEL.

It is only unbelief that does not allow a person to see exactly who JERUSALEM is. We are to pray for the peace of Jerusalem (Psalm 122:6a). They shall prosper that love thee (Psalm 122:6b, KJV).

Happy Hanukkah to you, Christine and your family and all your worldwide readers. Have a very Merry Christmas too! You are loved!! (ss)

Christinewjc said...

Thanks so much for sharing that important information about Hanukkah, Susan!

Jews and Christians are highly intertwined when it comes to God's Holy Word - the Bible! God's chosen people came FIRST - and sent our Jewish Messiah - Jesus Christ - to save ALL of mankind from our sins. The nation of Israel and Her capital - Jerusalem - is the focal point for both the Jewish faith and Christian faith. At the culmination of all history, the New Jerusalem will come down from heaven and Jesus will rule here on earth for 1,000 years! What a glorious time that will be!

Susan, isn't it true that when Jesus returns for the second time, the Jewish faithful will realize that He is their long-awaited Messiah? I do worry that such a statement might seem "offensive" to religious Jews during this time in history (because many rejected Jesus' first appearing on earth and they are still expecting someone else to be their messiah), but doesn't the New Testament tell us that at the end of the age, the remnant of Jewish believers who are faithfully awaiting their Messiah will embrace Jesus?

When I copied Jerry Cesario's message, I did pause a bit when I read:

"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!"

I don't think that Jerry meant it as a "jab" at Jewish rabbis. Instead, I think that he meant to point out that God's Word reveals the TRUTH about every matter - even if some of us might be uncomfortable with parts of it. Haven't we ALL been uncomfortable with something in the Bible before we were saved? I know that I have been! And it is all because "we all fall short of the glory of God" and are all sinners, desperately in need of the Savior!

What did you think of this macrocode discovery? I'd love to hear your opinion on it.

May God bless you immensely this Christmas season as we celebrate the birth of our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ. May His eternal promises continue to sustain you, and may He grant you a healthy, happy, and most of all FAITHFUL New Year!


Christinewjc said...

Hi again Susan!

I thought you might appreciate what Sarah Palin wrote about Hanukkah on her FaceBook page. Here is a copy:

"Happy Hanukkah
.by Sarah Palin on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 11:47am.As Jewish families gather this week to celebrate the Festival of Lights, Todd and I would like to wish them a very Happy Hanukkah. This beautiful holiday commemorates the story of the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem, following years of struggle by the Maccabees, when one-day’s worth of consecrated oil miraculously lasted for eight. This story never ceases to inspire because it reminds us of the power of faith, hope, and perseverance.

The modern State of Israel is the living embodiment of the Hanukkah miracle – a country that was not expected to survive the onslaught of its enemies, and which has not only survived but thrived as a beacon of freedom, tolerance, and innovation. In a region consumed by chaos and oppression, Israel continues to be a light of inspiration. As Jews around the world sing “Maoz Tzur,” we remember that our nation, too, was conceived in faith in our “mighty stronghold.” Let us cherish the values and warm bonds of friendship that unite us in this season.

- Sarah Palin


Susan Smith said...

Hi again Christine!

I like Sarah Palin’s choice of words… what a gift!

Shabbat Shalom to you, your family and all your readers across this globe… on the earth, in the earth and in this world… (ss)