Forgive me for not been up to this for a while now, you see I was busy. I had traveled to visit the countryside to see what developments if any were going on and also a meet the people tour. With the apology done, we will get straight to Genesis.
Chapter 5 is a list of descendants of Adam. Two things of note; males get recognition compared to the women folk and whenever a woman is mentioned there is something in the works, and people live really long. I don’t know what happened to us, but I surely would want to live to be 200yrs old. In chapter 6 we have the beginnings of the story of Noah, the first saviour of mankind.
Chapter 5 v1 & 2 is a repetition of creation of man.
v3 Adam was 130yrs old, say that again, when he begot a son in his likeness, after his image; and he named him Seth[ lets pause a bit here, where is Cain and Abel? would Adam’s protege be in the likeness of something different?] Adam lived to be 930yrs when he died.
v6 Seth begets his son Enosh at 105yrs, what was he doing with his youth? is this not a case of shooting pool with a rope? Just like the father, he had a long life dying at the mature age of 912yrs.
v9 Enosh begets Kenan when he is 90 and others. He lives to be 905 yrs .
v12, Kenan at 70 begets Mahalalel and lives to the mature age of 910 yrs.
v15 Mahalalel becomes the father of Jared and others at 65 and dies aged 895 yrs.
v18, we see Jared at 162yrs of age begetting Enoch and others. He was 962 yrs old when he died.
v21 Enoch at 65 begets Methuselah ,and others not mentioned before the court, and he died really young at a measly 365 yrs of age [ methinks he missed his measles vaccine]. The good book says he walked with God and he took him, so am not sure whether he died like the rest who had lived before him.
v25 Methuselah pushes the limits of youth to 187 before he gets Lamech as a son. He died aged 969 yrs.
v28, like father like son, Lamech doesn’t disappoint. He begets Noah at 182 yrs and immediately declares him a saviour ” Out of the very ground that the Lord has put under a curse, this one shall bring us relief from our work and the toil of our hands”. And how did he know this? I don’t see God telling him anywhere? Or is this a scribe being creative? The jury is out! Seriously, why not just ask god to undo the curse? Lamech died at 777 years of age.
v32, I talked too soon, Noah was 500 years when he begot Shem, Ham and Japheth [ they are the first that have names or were they triplets? just asking].
In chapter 6, v2 …the sons of heaven saw how beautiful the daughters of man were, and so they took for their wives as many of them as they chose.[ do you see my confusion here?] v3 ends by god reducing the years of man to 120 years.
v4 At that time the Nephilim appeared on earth (as well as later), after the sons of heaven had intercourse with the daughters of man, who bore them sons. They were the heroes of old, the man of renown. These must be the ancestors of Batman and Superman, am just saying, I could be wrong. But someone please tell me what’s going on.
v5 God is angry at his creation and wishes he never did create in the first place. Who should be blamed? The created or the creator?
v7 He makes the decision to wipe out the entire creation, man and everything else including birds [someone tell me the mistakes the birds of the air had committed, am patient] but Noah found favour with the lord.
v13, Noah is informed of the imminent destruction that awaits a lawless and corrupt world. v14 is the ship builder God. How Noah cuts the pieces of wood he needed to build is a matter of conjecture. v19 we have the passengers to the great ship. Now lets pause again here, there are several questions to be answered here. Noah has 3 sons and their wives and his wife and their children. Lets be generous and say they are 50 able bodied adults, how did they manage to get all the animals in the ark, from the ice caps, the mountain regions, the sea, the deserts, the rain forests just to name a few. What amount of food did they have in store for all of them? How did they transport the food and what was it? Was there an extra gazelle for lions? You see where this is headed? And on other matters, how did they deal with the wood peckers? And since the commandment was he brings them two by two, what happens when three rats show up? Is it turned back?
v22 This Noah did; he carried out all the commandments that God gave him.