Old Testament Gospel Genesis 5 – Hidden Message Genesis 5

If you are like many Bible readers, when you get to Genesis chapter 5, you likely read through the first eight verses and then realize that things are starting to repeat themselves. So-and-so, begat so-and-so, and had kids, and… next thing you know, you’ve skipped through most of the chapter reading nothing else but the last verse to see if anything different appears. And sure enough, there is Noah and his three sons and the start of the Flood story.

If I asked you to put a title on chapter 5, you would probably say, genealogy, or family tree, or the descendants of Adam. And you wouldn’t be wrong. The only thing is, that you would be selling yourself short. In this post I will introduce you to a study called: Hidden Message Genesis 5.

Death is everywhere

As you read through Genesis 5, you can’t help but feel a little somber. When the author finishes with Adam, he states… “and he died”. When the author finishes with Seth, he states… “and he died”. When the author finishes with Cainan, he states… “and he died”. I think you get the picture, there is a lot of death in this chapter.

Starting with Adam and ending at Noah gives you a list of 10 names. And eight times in the chapter, you will read, “and he died”. We don’t read of Noah dying, because his story is just beginning. And we don’t read of Enoch dying, because “he was not, for God took him”. Every other man, mentioned from Adam to Noah, died. Some have called Genesis 5 the cemetery of the patriarchs.

Is it a surprise to read of so much death? Not really. Even though these men lived an extremely long life, they all died. The eight who are recorded, as having died, in this chapter, lived an average of 907 years. Not much different from today (except for our shorter life spans), where day after day we can read the obituaries of those who have passed on from this life. Every life with the same concluding statement: “and he died”.

Though death is not a very pleasant topic for many, it is part of our reality. I will briefly make a comment here and address this topic in more detail in a future post. The Scriptures make three clear statements about death, and the cause of death.

  • Genesis 2:17 “but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” (ESV)
  • Ezekiel 18:4 “the soul who sins shall die” (ESV)
  • Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death” (ESV)

As Genesis 5 testifies, death is real, and as the Scriptures declare, the cause of death is sin.

A well-known story – Noah

Not everything is doom and gloom in Genesis 5. The chapter actually ends on a high note. Noah means comfort, relief, consolation or rest. The significance is that of a deep sigh. Imagine what it feels like to fall back on your bed after a hard days work. In Genesis 5: we read “and called his name Noah, saying, “Out of the ground that the LORD has cursed, this one shall bring us relief from our work and from the painful toil of our hands”.” (ESV)

There was lots going on in Noah’s day, but we will leave that for another post.

A long time coming – Methuselah

As is the Creators custom, he always gives a warning before handing down judgment. In Amos 3:7 we can read “For the Lord GOD does nothing without revealing his secret to his servants the prophets.” (ESV) Sometimes he speaks in a loud voice, and with a clear message. Sometimes he speaks in a soft voice, and with a hidden message.

So it was when Methuselah was born. A hidden message whispered through his name, a message for his generation, and for the ones to come. One of the interesting Bible facts is found in the life of Methuselah. He is the oldest person recorded in the Scripture. He lived to the ripe old age of 969 years. But, aside from that particular Bible fact, there is something else to be discovered through this man.

When you look up the definition of his name, you will come across something like “his death will bring”. The significance is that of a dart hitting its target. In modern times, think of what happens when a missile hits its target… BOOM. That is the idea behind the name Mathusaleh. At the moment of his death (the missile hitting its target), something was going to happen (the missile goes BOOM).

And it wasn’t just anything that happened. I encourage you to download this chart of the chronology from Adam to Noah. You will notice something peculiar as you match up the year of Methuselah’s death with the year 600 of Noah’s life, which corresponds to the year the flood came. That’s right, you have just discovered that in the year Mathusaleh died, the flood came. How’s that for fulfillment of his name? “when he dies, it shall come”.

Now think about this for a moment. Through Methuselah, God warned that judgment was coming. Methuselah lived 969 years. So God warned mankind for 969 years about coming judgment. What does that tell us about the patience of God? It is sad to read in Genesis 7, that only eight people were saved from the flood judgment, only eight heeded the warning.

Just wait until you read the next chapter in the story of Methuselah’s name in a future post.

Get to the point – Enoch

Another interesting hidden message is found in Enoch’s name. The interesting thing with him, is that he did not die, he just disappeared. One day he was there, and the next day he was not. Jude makes a comment concerning Enoch prophesying about wandering stars, and of the Lord coming in judgment with thousands of his angels. Though there exists some controversy around the text, it is believed by some that it could be the Book of Enoch to which Jude may have been referring to.

What does Enoch mean? The definition of his name has to do with initiate or teacher. The significance has to do with getting to the point. You have likely had a teacher who spends all class talking around in circles and never gets to the point. Enoch was not that kind of teacher, he got to the point. If you read the Book of Enoch, you might get an idea of what that means. He speaks very directly of things that other authors only touch on briefly or in obscure terms.

Enoch leaves things very clear, there is judgment coming, and it is nothing to scoff at. If you think the flood was something, what is to come is far worse.

Even thought Enoch disappeared, his name holds yet more meaning which will need to be covered in a subsequent post.

Developing story – more to come

When looking at Genesis chapter 5 from this perspective, it is easy to see that there is more than meets the eye, and you will not catch any of it with just a cursory reading. I encourage you to always read the Scriptures with an open mind and a willing heart and a strong desire to hear what the Creator wants you to hear.

Even though you might be fascinated with what was discovered in just these three names in Genesis 5, there is still much more to be discovered in this chapter. Are you satisfied with what you got, or do you want more?

Action Point: don’t stop now







2 thoughts on “Old Testament Gospel Genesis 5 – Hidden Message Genesis 5”

  1. It’s a really interesting article, as all are on your site, but I’m stumped with the secret message in the section about death (a subject I have a deep interest in). 

    I’m a little bewildered by Ezekiel 18:4 “the soul who sins shall die” – what is your (in layman’s terms) view on this statement, and why do you think it’s so final compared to many other statements you have listed?

    Everyone dies – so does everyone die a sinner?

    1. Thank you for your thought provoking comments and questions. Sorry for the long winded answer, it is hard to comment without a little background information.

      The secret message is revealed here in this post https://creatorclues.com/meani

      The definitive statement about sin and death is what God indicated to Adam from the very beginning. Sin can be understood as “missing the mark” and is often summarized as not obeying what God says. So when Adam and Eve partook of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, they sinned. They disobeyed the instructions that God had given them to NOT eat of it.

      God had established the consequences if they should eat of it by telling Adam that he would surely die. The physical death is confirmed in Genesis 5 when we read that Adam died. The other aspect is the Spiritual death, which can be viewed as a separation from God.

      The Scriptures also definitively state that we are all in the same boat as Adam, we are all sinners. As such, we are all under the same consequences, which are physical death, but also spiritual death (separated from God).

      Now to answer your question: Everyone dies – so does everyone die a sinner?

      It depends on what you do with what God has done for you. If you die physically being dead spiritually, you will be condemned in judgment. But, if you die physically having been saved spiritually, you will in heaven.

      John 3:36 (ESV)  Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.

      The reason why God makes such a definitive statement on this issue is that it is the single most important issue mankind has to deal with in terms of eternity. We have one chance to figure it out and get it right. After death, comes judgment and the first issue that will be addressed is what you did with Christ and His work of salvation.

      I encourage you to check out these posts (they include some short videos as well that might help you understand the message of the Gospel.

      What is the Christian Gospel: The Bad News https://creatorclues.com/what-

      What is the Christian Gospel: The Bad News: https://creatorclues.com/what-

      What is the Christian Gospel: As Simple as 1, 2, 3: https://creatorclues.com/what-

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