Genesis 5 records the scroll (the book) of the history of the chosen Seed, beginning with Adam, through whom Christ would come.
Liberals teach that there were no books and no written records prior to the time of Moses. They tell us that people passed on oral traditions as they sat around their camp fires. They tell us that the book of Genesis is simply the product of those oral traditions passed on from generation to generation with all their flaws, contradictions and inaccuracies. What a terrible slander against the inspired, infallible, inerrant Word of God!
Genesis 5:1 states that this scroll is the written record of the genealogy of Adam and his posterity, through his third son, Seth. You remember that Cain was Adam and Eve’s first son and that Cain murdered his brother, Abel, the second son. Later Seth was born as the third son to replace Abel.
Genesis 5:4 informs us that Adam and Even had many other sons and daughters; but Genesis 5 focuses only on the line of Seth and Enoch in that line.
Where did Cain get his wife?
So the answer to the age-old question of “Where did Cain get his wife?” is that these early sons and daughters married their brothers and sisters. Until the time of Moses such marriages were not sinful, forbidden, nor genetically harmful. During the time of Moses, God gave a prohibition in Leviticus 18 against such marriage which we now know as incest. From that time on, such marriages and sexual relationships have always been sinful, as well as genetically harmful to the children of those unions.
Mankind created in the likeness of God
God is totally sinless and holy and totally other from us. His attributes include His absolute holiness, His infinite wisdom, omniscience, omnipresence and omnipotence. Amazingly, as humans, we are made in His image. Of course, unlike God, we have fallen nature and are under the curse of sin. Our power, knowledge and wisdom are limited, as God’s creatures.
Jesus informed us in John 14:9 that “He that has seen Me has seen the Father. As Jesus knew Him and referred to Him as Father, so in John 20:17 He invites those of us who are trusting Christ to recognize Him as our Father also.
Man died because of God’s curse on sin, we learn in Genesis 3. So we see death all through Genesis 5. until we come to an exception in Genesis 5:18-24. Would you turn with me to that passage and learn the biography of Enoch?
Enoch was the son of Jared and lived 365 years. Enoch was the father of Methuselah, the oldest man recorded in the Bible. Methuselah lived to be 969 years old. Enoch was the great-grand father of Noah. As I study Genesis 5, it appears to me that the line from Enoch to Noah were all godly men. All but Noah died before the flood.
The New Testament teaches us more about Enoch. Hebrews 11:5 teaches us that Enoch pleased God. Jude 14-15 teaches us further that Enoch was a preacher of righteousness.
What kind of righteousness did Enoch preach?
It was the same kind of righteousness that we preach today. It was not a self righteousness, for such righteousness is repulsive to our holy God. Rather, it was a righteousness that comes through faith in God. Looking again at those two New Testament passages regarding Enoch: Hebrews 11:5 and Jude 14-15 we learn that Enoch, a preacher of righteousness, had a faith that pleased God.
Though we are sinful, fallen creatures; we as human beings are made in God’s image. God loves, He has a sense of humor, He laughs, He smiles, He cries, He feels wrath and all other emotions we experience; but His are pure and holy and untainted by sin. Unlike the animals, we humans inherited our emotions from our Father God. Jesus said in John 14:9 “He that hath seen Me hath seen the Father.” Jesus referred to God as Father and in John 20:17 after the resurrection, He invited us to recognize Him as our Heavenly Father.
Note also from Genesis 5:22 that this faith Enoch had resulted in his walk with God while still on this earth. So we today who have a saving faith in Christ evidence that faith by walking in obedience to God. James in James 2:14-26 teaches that a genuine faith in Christ results in a life of good works, a life of obedience to God.
Let me summarize in a definition I have preached for years, “Salvation is by faith alone; but by a faith that does not remain alone, but results in a changed life of good works.” That’s the saving faith that both Paul and James are teaching, even though they appear to be preaching contradictory messages.
Enoch is an illustration of that salvation by faith that works. By faith He walked with God, backing up the message he preached with his own life.
One day, without dying, he walked right into the presence of God, just as some of us may have the privilege of experiencing if Christ should return for us in our lifetime.
Brief, but comprehensive!
That describes Enoch’s life of 365 years. What more could be added that would be of any significance? He walked with God. He preached, warning the lost of the judgment that was soon to fall on the earth. Many who drowned in the universal flood of Noah’s day, no doubt, had been warned by Enoch to flee from the wrath to come.
What encouragement Enoch should be to us as we like him walk in an evil world awaiting the judgment of God. May we, as Enoch, walk and talk with God each day, May we be men and women of integrity, making sure that our walk matches our talk until the day He catches us up to be with Him.