Genesis 303
Lesson Five


Gen 5:1 This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him;

 

Now we are going to leave chapter four behind and move forward. Chapter five is mostly a book of genealogy. Biblical genealogy is very important for several reasons. Many family records, or genealogies, exist in the Bible. These records are mentioned frequently in Genesis, Numbers, 1 and 2 Chronicles, Ezra, and concerning Jesus in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. While readers often skim or skip these parts of Scripture, the Bible's genealogies offer many important insights.

 

First, the Bible's genealogies help confirm the historical reliability of the Bible. For example, the records from Abraham, to his son Isaac, to Jacob, to the descendants of Jacob up to the time of David and beyond reveal not only precision but that the events of the Bible involve actual people.

 

Second, the Bible's genealogies reveal the importance of family to God and to the writers of the Bible. The family unit has served as the foundation of human society since Adam and Eve and their children. The importance of family is emphasized in each generation mentioned throughout the Bible.

 

Third, the Bible's genealogies were also important in determining who could serve in certain roles. These included only Levites working in the tabernacle and temple, as well as descendants of Aaron who were to serve as high priest. In addition, many activities in the Mosaic Law were limited to those who could prove there were Jewish descendants.

 

Fourth, the Bible's genealogies also prove many Bible prophecies. For example, Jesus would be a Jew from the tribe of Judah. He was also a descendant of both Abraham and David as Scripture predicted.

 

Fifth, the Bible's genealogies also teach how God has used a wide diversity of individuals throughout history. For example, in the genealogy of Jesus in Matthew's Gospel, four women were mentioned, emphasizing the importance of women (especially important in the original setting of the Gospel when women were often considered of less importance than men). In addition, unexpected people are included in this family list. Rahab the prostitute was mentioned as a direct ancestor of Jesus as was Ruth, a Moabite woman Jews would not typically view positively. Further, many kings were listed whose lives varied in integrity, yet were still used by God in the lineage of Jesus.

 

The second thing I want to look at in this verse is the phrase "this is the book of the generations of Adam..."

This phrase, "book of the generations of" is only found two places in Holy Scripture... First here in regards to Adam, and then secondly in Matthew 1:1 where we read, "The book of the generation of Jesus Christ"

 

This is very significant that this "book of the generation of" is only found in relation to two people, Adam, and Jesus Christ.

After looking at the importance of genealogies and seeing how they trace linage, the importance of these two genealogies become very important. Let us look at several other Scriptures to see the importance of this.

 

1Co_15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.

Here, Paul speaks of two men..the first being Adam, we represents "living soul", or in other words, physical life, and the second "Adam" being Christ Himself who represents "quickening", or in other words, "living" spirit. Through the first Adam we are physically born, through the second Adam (Jesus Christ) we are born again through the spirit.

 

1Pe_1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

Joh_3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

 

Furthermore, we see these two book again in Revelation...

 

Rev 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 
Rev 20:13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. 


Rev 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 
Rev 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

 

Notice that there are "books" opened (Plural), and then there is "another book" singular. The "book" (singular), is, we are told in verse 12 "the book of life". In verse 12 we also read that the "dead" are judged out of the "things which were written in the books, according to their works". Further, in verse 15 we see that those not found written in "the book (singular) of life" was cast into the lake of fire.

The "books" (plural) contain the names and works of those in the genealogy of Adam. It contains the names of every single person who has ever been born physically, and who will ever be born in the future. This is Adams race..the race of mankind...the record of physical births.

 

The "book (singular) of Life" is the list of all those who have been "born again". This is the genealogy of those born spiritually through Jesus Christ. Only those who have trusted Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour, have repented of their sins, and have turned around and now walk with Christ are in this book.

 

But why is there only one Book of Life, and many books of those born physically? This answer can be found in the following verses..

 

Mat 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 


Mat 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

 

Here, verse 13 is talking about those who's name is in "the books (the book of the generations of Adam). They have only been born once, physically, and there are many of them, yet their end is destruction in the lake of fire.

 

Verse 14 speaks of those who's name is in "the book" (the book of the generations of Jesus Christ), or in other words, "the book of life". They have been born again... a spiritual birth through Jesus Christ, and there are very few of them.

 

Rev_2:11 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.


Rev_20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
Rev_20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the s

econd death.
Rev_21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

 

In the preceding verses we see the phrase "second death". Just like there are two births, a physical one and a spiritual one, there are also two deaths... a physical one and a spiritual one. If you have only been born once (a physical birth), then your name is only in the book of the generations of Adam, or, "the books", and you will die twice, a physical one, and a eternal one, spiritually separated from God for all eternity.

 

If you have been born twice (a physical birth and a spiritual birth), then your name is in both the book of the generations of Adam, or "the books", AND ALSO, in the book of the generations of Jesus Christ, or, "the book of life", and you will only have to experience one death, the physical one. The second death has no power over you according to verse 6.

 

And finally, I want to make a couple short comments about verse two.

 

Gen 5:2 Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.

 

Here we learn a very important life lesson for us today, as well as a lesson on interpreting Scripture in Geneses.

First the life lesson. Notice that God created "Male and Female". He created only two genders. In todays society, there are those who like you to believe that there are many different Genders. The Biblical truth is, God only created two genders...a Male, and a Female. Medically speaking, this is also a fact as well. There are only two gene chromosomes in the human body, a Male chromosome, and a female chromosome. When a person claims to be a "transgender", they are actually lying to you and themselves. You CAN NOT transition from one gender to the next. You can change your outward appearance, but you chromosomes will never change. If you were born a male, it does not matter how much surgery you have or how many pills you take, or what clothing you wear, or anything else. In the end, your very internal makeup will always be a male. The same goes with a woman who wants to be a man. The very best you can hope for is to live a lie.


The second lesson is found in the phrase, "called their name Adam, in the day when they were created".   Here we see that God created both Adam and Eve on the same day ("in the day"), and we also learn that God called them BOTH, "Adam". So, on the sixth day, God created both Adam and Eve and He called them "Adam", which simply means "ruddy" or "human". It wasn't until after the fall that Adam then called his wife's name "Eve" which means "life giver" because she was the mother of all living. 

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