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Here's the Gospel hidden within a genealogy in Genesis!

Posted by: admin on Thu, Mar 11, 2010

God the Father is Still IN CHARGE so have faith!

(A caveat: many study aids, such as a conventional lexicon, can prove rather superficial when dealing with proper nouns. Furthermore, views concerning the meanings of original roots are not free of controversy and variant readings.)

Let's take an example.

 
The Flood Judgment

Methuselah comes from muth, a root that means "death";1 and from shalach, which means to bring, or to send forth. The name Methuselah means, "his death shall bring".2

 

Methuselah's father was given a prophecy of the coming Great Flood, and was apparently told 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 brought or sent forth.

 

And, indeed, the year that Methuselah died, the flood came.3

 

It is interesting that Methuselah's life, in effect, was a symbol of God's mercy in forestalling the coming judgment of the flood.

 

Therefore, it is fitting that his lifetime is the oldest in the Bible, speaking of the extensiveness of God's mercy.

 
The Other Names

If there is such significance in Methuselah's name, let's examine the other names to see what may lie behind them.

 

Adam's name means man. As the first man, that seems straight forward enough.

 
Seth

Adam's son was named Seth, which means appointed. Eve said, "For God hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew."4

 
Enosh

Seth's son was called Enosh, which means mortal, frail, or miserable. It is from the root anash, 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.5

 
Kenan

Enosh's son was named Kenan, which can mean sorrow, dirge, or elegy. (The precise denotation is somewhat elusive; some study aids unfortunately presume that Kenan is synonymous with Cainan.)

 

Balaam, looking down from the heights of Moab , uses a pun upon the name of the Kenites when he prophesies their destruction.6

 

We have no real idea as to why these names were chosen for their children. Often they may have referred to circumstances at birth, and so on.

 
Mahalalel

Kenan's son was Mahalalel, from Mahalal which means blessed or praise; and El, the name for God. Thus, Mahalalel means the Blessed God. Often Hebrew names include El, the name of God, as Dan-i-el, "God is my Judge", etc.

 
Jared

Mahalalel's son was named Jared, from the verb yaradh, meaning shall come down.7

 
Enoch

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 (although it is quoted in the Book of Jude in the New Testament):

 

Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, "Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,

 

To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against." 
Jude 14, 15

 
Methuselah

Enoch was the father of Methuselah, who we have already mentioned. Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah.8 Apparently, Enoch received the prophecy of the Great Flood, and was told that as long as his son was alive, the judgment of the flood would be withheld. The year that Methuselah died, the flood came.

 

Enoch, of course, never died: he was translated 9 (or, if you'll excuse the expression, raptured ). That's how Methuselah can be the oldest man in the Bible, yet he died before his father!

 
Lamech

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

 

(This name is also linked to the Lamech in Cain's line who inadvertently killed his son Tubal-Cain in a hunting incident.10)

 
Noah

Lamech, of course, is the father of Noah, which is derived from nachamto bring relief or comfort, as Lamech himself explains in Genesis 5:29.

 
The Composite List

Now let's put it all together:

 

 

Hebrew

 

English

 

Adam

 

Man

 

Seth

 

Appointed

 

Enosh

 

Mortal

 

Kenan

 

Sorrow;

 

Mahalalel

 

The Blessed God

 

Jared

 

Shall come down

 

Enoch

 

Teaching

 

Methuselah

 

His death shall bring

 

Lamech

 

The Despairing

 

Noah

 

Rest, or comfort.

 

That's rather remarkable:

 

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

 

Here's the Gospel hidden within a genealogy in Genesis!

 

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

 sent to me by brother James Laughlin

 

 
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