Genesis 5


Sometimes people wonder why God puts chapters in the Bible with genealogies in them.  The first such chapter is Genesis 5.  Maybe it can give us a clue how to really learn some practical lessons about ourselves, and our lives, and also help us to understand other genealogy chapters.


1. List all the names mentioned in order from this chapter:

  1. _________________ = ruddy, mankind
  2. _________________ = substituted
  3. _________________ = a mortal
  4. _________________ = a nest or room
  5. _________________ = praise of God
  6. _________________ = to descend
  7. _________________ = to dedicate, discipline, train
  8. _________________ = man of a dart
  9. _________________
  10. _________________ = rest, quiet
  11. _________________  (= name), Ham (= hot), Japheth (= expansion)



2. Although Japheth is the eldest son of Noah, why is Shem mentioned first?



3. What can you learn from the following chart?


Shem, Ham, Japeth

Enoch 365

Flood 1656

Adam 930

Seth 912

Enos 905

Cainin 910

Mahalaleel 895

Jared 962

Methuselah 969

Lamech 777


0    1       2     3       4     5     6       7      8     9     10     11     12       13     14      15      16      17


4. Read Genesis 5:2 again.  Why did God call their name Adam?



Nearly 2500 times the word man is mentioned in the Bible.  When it is used to describe God’s followers or man in general it is the word used for mankind, which also includes women.


For example:

Mt 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.  (the word is anthropos = human being)

Jn 1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

Eph 4:8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.

1Tim 2:4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.


5. Why do you think that most of the time only one of their many sons and daughters were mentioned and name given?



6.  Read Gen. 5:22 Why do you think Enoch walked with God after he had a son?    

Jude 1:14 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,



7.  Gen 5:24 – Why was Enoch translated?  Read Heb 11:5



8.  Is there some prophetic meaning in verse 29?  What do you suppose was Lamech’s intention in naming his son Noah?




9.  Look at this chapter as a whole. 

What do you learn about God? 












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