LESSON 04 – Noah’s Family Tree – Genesis 5

Discussion

  • Read 5:1-2.  Whose family is going to be listed in this passage? (Adam’s) In verse two it says God called the male and female, “man”.  “Man” or “mankind” in Hebrew is Adam.
  • The genealogy in chapter 5 is very important. It gives us the list of men starting from Adam to Noah. Even more importantly it gives the pre-Flood line of Christ. Remember that God promised Adam and Eve a savior who would save them from their sin.  (Gen. 3:15). This line of 10 men is listed also in I Chronicles 1:1-4 and Luke 3:35b-36. Also, it is important to point out that each of these men had other children. The reason these are listed by name is because they are the ones in the promised line of Christ.
  • Suggestion for younger children: As you read the list slowly stop and write down each man’s name in order from Adam to Noah. Suggestion for older students: List all the patriarchs (fathers) from Adam to Noah. After each man’s name, write his when his named son was born and write his age at death. Note: for Noah’s age at death see Gen. 9:29.
  • Each of the men’s names in this passage have Hebrew meanings that give us important information about them and their times.  See page 51 of Genesis: Finding Our Roots or use a Bible dictionary to look up their meanings.
  • What was unusual about Enoch’s story? Enoch’s name means, “teaching”.  Look up Jude 14 and tell what he taught about. (God was going to judge the people and convict them of their ungodly ways.) From what you know about the story of Noah, Enoch’s great-grandfather, what judgment was Enoch warning about? (God’s judgment on mankind through the Flood.) Why do you think God took Enoch rather than let him die? See Heb 11:5. (possible answer: because of his walk with God; his faith in God; he pleased God, etc..) Who was the only other person in the Bible who did not die? (Elijah) Older children: Will there be people in the future that will not die, but go directly to heaven like Enoch did? See I Cor. 15:50-51 and I Th. 4:13-18 (Yes, the believers on earth when Jesus comes back will be taken into heaven immediately and their bodies will be changed instantaneously.)
  • What does Methuselah’s name mean? (possible answers: his death shall bring; in the year he dies, it shall come; man of the dart or “sprout”; after me it comes, etc.) What do you think his name is telling the people around him? (that after he dies the judgment or Flood will come; the “sprout” could mean the sprouting of the waters of the deep)
  • Noah’s name means “comfort” or “rest”.  It is believed that Lamech believed that Noah would be the savior promised to Adam and Eve. See Gen. 5:29.  Who were the three sons of Noah? 5:32

Application

In this list of names and ages in Genesis 5 we find several wonderful truths.  In the period between Adam’s creation and Noah’s life people on earth became more and more wicked, yet there was a believing remnant: the family of Seth.  Enoch was sent to teach the people and warn them about the Flood.  God in His wisdom and mercy took Enoch out before the Flood came.  Methuselah’s name prophesied the exact year the Flood would come – the year of his death.  Methuselah lived long lived 969 years – longer than any other person in recorded history.

  • What does this tell you about God? (God was merciful and gave people as long as possible to repent and turn to Him before He judged them.) While Noah would not be promised Savior, the Christ, he would save mankind from extinction.
  • Who are you and your family praying for right now for salvation? Thank God for His mercy in prolonging their life and ask Him to lead them to Himself. Think of ways that you can be a light to those around you who don’t know Christ. End your time by reading II Peter 3:3-9 and discuss what the future judgment on the earth will be like and what should be our attitude about it.

Digging Deeper

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  1. Make a histogram (side bar chart) of the lives of the ten men mentioned in Genesis 5. Next, explain your answers to the following problems:
    1. Methuselah was the oldest man that ever lived, yet he died before his father did. How can that be?
    2. Did the Flood come in the year that Methuselah died? Use the numbers in 5;25-29 and 7:6 to check this out.
    3. Lamech was Noah’s father. Did he perish in the Flood? Use 5:28-31 and 7:6.
    4. How long after Adam’s death was Noah born?
  2. Many times when reading the Bible one comes upon genealogies. Many people just skip over these, but obviously God put them there for a reason. Do some research and then write one paragraph on why you think genealogies are given in the Bible and why they are important. Be specific. Cite references.