This study of Genesis Chapter 5 is the fifth of eleven in a series of studies of the first 11 chapters of the Book of Genesis.
Learn about the ancestors of the man Jesus Christ - from Adam the first man to Noah. The Bible tells us Noah was righteous, blameless among his contemporaries and walked with God.
It may surprise you to learn who was alive during Adam's lifetime, who outlived their sons, and who was alive at the time of the great flood.
Your learning comes from reading and studying the Bible. After you have read the Scripture passage below, it's a good idea to answer the daily study questions.
Genesis Chapter 5 (New International Version)
1 This is the written account of Adam's line. When God created man, he made him in the likeness of God. 2 He created them male and female and blessed them. And when they were created, he called them "man."
3 When Adam had lived 130 years, he had a son in his own likeness, in his own image; and he named him Seth. 4 After Seth was born, Adam lived 800 years and had other sons and daughters. 5 Altogether, Adam lived 930 years, and then he died.
6 When Seth had lived 105 years, he became the father of Enosh. 7 And after he became the father of Enosh, Seth lived 807 years and had other sons and daughters. 8 Altogether, Seth lived 912 years, and then he died.
9 When Enosh had lived 90 years, he became the father of Kenan. 10 And after he became the father of Kenan, Enosh lived 815 years and had other sons and daughters. 11 Altogether, Enosh lived 905 years, and then he died.
12 When Kenan had lived 70 years, he became the father of Mahalalel. 13 And after he became the father of Mahalalel, Kenan lived 840 years and had other sons and daughters. 14 Altogether, Kenan lived 910 years, and then he died.
15 When Mahalalel had lived 65 years, he became the father of Jared. 16 And after he became the father of Jared, Mahalalel lived 830 years and had other sons and daughters. 17 Altogether, Mahalalel lived 895 years, and then he died.
18 When Jared had lived 162 years, he became the father of Enoch. 19 And after he became the father of Enoch, Jared lived 800 years and had other sons and daughters. 20 Altogether, Jared lived 962 years, and then he died.
21 When Enoch had lived 65 years, he became the father of Methuselah. 22 And after he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters. 23 Altogether, Enoch lived 365 years. 24 Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.
25 When Methuselah had lived 187 years, he became the father of Lamech. 26 And after he became the father of Lamech, Methuselah lived 782 years and had other sons and daughters. 27 Altogether, Methuselah lived 969 years, and then he died.
28 When Lamech had lived 182 years, he had a son. 29 He named him Noah and said, "He will comfort us in the labor and painful toil of our hands caused by the ground the LORD has cursed." 30 After Noah was born, Lamech lived 595 years and had other sons and daughters. 31 Altogether, Lamech lived 777 years, and then he died.
32 After Noah was 500 years old, he became the father of Shem, Ham and Japheth.
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1. In verse 1 of Genesis Chapter 5 we see the language “the written account”. What does or could this imply?
2. Have you ever studied your family genealogy? Did you do the work? Is it written down somewhere? Who is the most interesting character? What is the value of knowing this information?
3. What are some possible reasons that Adam lived so long a life before he had his son Seth?
1. What is the difference between Adam being made in the likeness of God (see Genesis Chapter 5 verse 1; Genesis Chapter 1 verse 26) and Seth being made in the image of Adam (see Genesis Chapter 5 verse 3)?
2. What are some possible reasons the people lived so long that are mentioned in chapter five?
3. What does the Bible teach us in the following verses about death?
1. On the chart fill in the name of Adam’s descendants from Seth to Lamech and the number of years he lived.
2. From studying the chart which of Adam’s descendants were alive during his lifetime?
3. From studying the
which father outlived his son?
1. How would your life change if you knew you were going to live to be 800 or 900 years old? Would you do some things differently? How do you think it would affect your relationship with God?
2. Analyze the language in Genesis Chapter 5. List the three men in this chapter who are involved in activities other than or in addition to:
“…he became the father of ….” or “…had other sons and daughters….” or “…and then he died.”
What is the specific additional information about each man that is provided to us?
3. What does the name Noah mean and why did Lamech name him so?
1. Were any of Adam’s descendants alive at the time of the flood which occurred when Noah was 600 years old?
2. What reason does Hebrews 11:5 give us for God taking Enoch away?
3. In verse 22 and verse 24 of Genesis Chapter 5 the Bible states that Enoch walked with God. Who is the other man in the Bible who the Bible says walked with God?
1. Who else in the Bible besides Enoch did not taste death and was taken up by the Lord?
2. What does the Book of Jude verses 14 and 15 tell us about Enoch?
3. Who was the only person that had died when Enoch was taken by God?
For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile. Romans 1:16 NLT
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