God “marked” Noach and his family for salvation in the ark during the Flood. The dove that found dry land after the waters subsided points to another Messenger Who went to prepare room for us in God’s Kingdom.
Some may have no idea what this chapter is about, with “sons of God” marrying “daughters of men” and the “Nephilim.” Some may also have some profound, over-the-top notions about the meaning of this chapter, but if you read this chapter in the context of the previous chapters, the fanciful and salacious interpretations fall by the wayside.
Each one of the patriarchs listed here are listed for a reason: to show us where Noah came from. Each one of the these patriarchs had other sons and daughters besides those mentioned here, but God singles out these particular men to teach a specific lesson.
The first generation after Adam mentioned is Seth, whose name literally means “appointed” and comes from the Hebrew root shith (Strong’s H7896). He was appointed by God (not Adam or Eve) to replace Abel.
Seth had a son named אֱנוֹשׁ Enosh, whose name literally means “mortal” (Strong’s H583). Enosh then had a son named Kenan — not the same as Canaan. The name קֵינָן Kenan (Strong’s H7018) comes from the root קֵן qeen (Strong’s H7064), meaning “home.”
Kenan had a son named מַהֲלַלְאֵל Mahalalel (Strong’s H4111), which means “praise of God.” Kenan had a son named יֶרֶד Yered (Jared, Strong’s H3382), from יָרַד yarad (Strong’s 3381) for “to descend” or “to go down.”
Yered’s son was חֲנוֹךְ Khanokh (Enoch, Strong’s H2585), from חָנַךְ khanakh (Strong’s 2596) for “to narrow,” meaning “to dedicate.” It says that Enoch “walked with God” and that God later “took him up” (Gen. 5:24). Where did God take this dedicated one? He only lived 365 on the Earth. He died very young in comparison with his ancestors or his immediate descendants.
Enoch had a son מְתוּשֶׁלַח Methushelah (Strong’s H4968). There are thought to be three Hebrew words embedded in this name:
- מַת mat (Strong’s H4962) which simply means man.
- A prepositional phrase derived from mat, which means when, where or along.
- שֶׁלַח shelakh (Strong’s H7973), which means weapon or missile.
Enoch is mentioned in the book of Hebrews as an example of faith:
“By faith Enoch was taken up so that he would not see death; AND HE WAS NOT FOUND BECAUSE GOD TOOK HIM UP; for he obtained the witness that before his being taken up he was pleasing to God.” (Heb. 11:5)
Enoch missed the deluge. He didn’t see it. He didn’t see the destruction of the world. He was spared from seeing the death of many people.
The Greek word that many English translation write as “took him up” or “translated” is μετατίθημι metatithemi (Strong’s G3346a), which means transferred, removed or changed. What death did God protect Enoch from? God shielded Enoch from witnessing the massive death and destruction of the flood. Witnessing death changes one’s outlook on life. If Enoch had been the first one to reach heaven, then Yeshua would not be the first-born of the dead.
Methuselah had a son named לֶמֶךְ Lamech (Strong’s H3929), which is a strong man. Lamech had a son named נחַ Noach (Noah, Strong’s H5146), whose name means rest and is derived from the verb נוּחַ nuach (Strong’s H5117). Noah was the most righteous man of his day (Gen. 6:9; 7:1) and God favored him (Gen. 6:8).
This was the line of men who had direct communication with God. He kept teaching and leading mankind throughout the generations of Adam even as the culture became more and more evil.
Speaker: Richard Agee. Summary: Tammy.