First Genealogy

For some time now I have been fascinated with genealogy and who lived when. I loved my dad’s mother who was born in 1903. But then I saw a video of an interview of her telling a story of her great-grandmother whom she loved. She was born in 1823. All of a sudden is was as if I knew someone who lived in 1823 and I could relate to the story. History really shrank when I realized that my grandmother, who knew her great-grandmother well, who possibly knew her grandparents who were around during the Revolutionary War. Time got smaller.

Take a look at this timeline I put together of Adam to Noah (Genesis 5):

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What are some of the conclusions we can come up with?

  • Noah’s dad was born while Adam was still alive and could have listened to his stories. Lemech was 56 when Adam died.
  • Noah could have met Adam’s grandson, Enosh. Noah was 84 when Enosh died.
  • Methuselah died in the same year as the flood.
  • Although Enoch was taken 47 years after Adam’s death, for most of his life Adam was alive. I can not imagine Enoch not influenced by Adam’s stories of walking with God himself.

Take a look at the next timeline from Noah to Isaac (Genesis 11):

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  • Abraham could have easily have heard stories from Noah who heard stories from his father who heard stories from Adam. It is possible that Noah introduced Abram to the God who saved their family from destruction.
  • Abraham’s father, Terah, was not dead when Abraham left his family in Haran.
  • Shem, the son of Noah, was still alive when Isaac was born. Some believe that Shem was Melchizedek, the king of Salem in Genesis 14:18.
  • Shem outlived Abraham’s father, Terah, his great, great, great, great, great, great grandson.

Try this on for size. If Adam lived only 6,000 years ago and the average person had a child at age 25, although we know that many were much older, then there have only been approximately 240 generations between you and Adam. But, in the first 1,500 there were 10 generations so with that adjustment there would be 180 generations in addition to the first 10, making it 190 generations since Adam.


Adam, An Influencer?

Screen shot 2009-09-10 at 2.25.42 PMGenesis 3:8 And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.

As I read this verse I can’t help but get the picture that Adam and Eve knew very well that not only was it God’s presence coming but that He came walking. I can not explain how God came walking, but I am completely convinced that they walked together enough times that they knew what He was doing.

Can you just imagine the experience that Adam and Eve had to walk with God without the limitations of sin getting in the way? Can you imagine the conversations they must have had and the emotions that were involved.

Now, try to understand the loneliness and emptiness they must have felt once this opportunity was gone. The walks are only a memory, but what a memory.

According to Genesis 5:5 Adam lived 930 years. That was long enough to know his sixth great-grandson, Noah’s father, the ninth generation from Adam. And as we read the few chapters following we can see the possibility of Adam’s stories of walking with God.

Genesis 4:26 – after the birth of his grandson, Enosh, men began to call on the name of the Lord.

Genesis 5:22 – after the birth of Enoch’s son, Methuselah, he began to walk with God and walked for 300 years and was no more.

Genesis 6:9 – Noah walked with God.

Genesis 17:1 – God instructs Abram to walk before Him.

That last one was quite a leap, and yet the influence was not so far removed. Although Noah did not know Adam, his father did and for the last 56 years of Adam’s life. Therefore, Noah could have heard the stories secondhand from his father who could have heard them firsthand from Adam.

Abram, although he is 10 generations removed from Noah, could have known Noah for the last 58 years of his life and could have heard the stories of Adam walking with God thirdhand from Noah.

Oh, what it must have been like for Adam and for anyone who would have dared to listen back then and anyone who would dare to imagine and hunger for that walk today.

By the time Adam was dead and Noah was 500 all of mankind had forgotten God and the stories. We tend to so easily forget.

Walk with God.