Genesis Chapter Five, Adam's Family Tree... 

In our study of Genesis chapter five, we look at the good fruit that was from Adam's family tree. We will see a list of ten of his descendants and we are reminded that the number ten is associated with the earthly completion of the divine order (God's plan). We will see God's plan for man unfold in the names of Adam's family line.

Genesis 5:1 & 2

"This is the written account of Adam's line. When God created man, he made him in the likeness of God. He created them male and female and blessed them. And when they were created, he called them 'man'" NIV translation

The name Adam means "man" and we see that his family tree begins with the fact that he was created in God's image. It is important to understand that God created us to be in a world without sin and to know nothing but goodness. They were blessed (without fear) because they did not know that evil even existed until the fall.

Genesis 5:3 - 5

"When Adam had lived 130 years, he had a son in his own likeness, in his own image; and he named him Seth. After Seth was born, Adam lived 800 years and had other sons and daughters. Altogether, Adam lived 930 years, and then he died." NIV translation

Adam was created in the image of God but, as we see here, Seth was created in the image of his dad.

This image had been tainted by sin and so, through Adam, all men would be born with sin and its effects. The name Seth means "appointed" as he was chosen to be the blessed line of Adam. In chapter 4, we saw that he was appointed to replace Abel the son that God showed favor and was murdered by his brother.

Genesis 5:6 - 8

"When Seth had lived 105 years, he became the father of Enosh. And after he became the father of Enosh, Seth lived 807 years and had other sons and daughters. Altogether, Seth lived 912 years, and then he died." NIV translation

Seth had a son named Enosh and his name comes from the Hebrew root word of anash which means "mortal". We are reminded that God had told Adam that he would die if he ate of the fruit (Genesis 2:16). This was passed on throughout mankind.