-Here we see the generations listed that tie the gap between Adam, the first man, and Noah, who the Bible states was to be the one to give rest from the intense work and toil of their hands coming from the ground that the Lord had cursed.
-It is first interesting to note that the lineage of Noah comes through Seth, whose descendents were the first to call upon the Name of the LORD (Genesis 4:26). It was not Abel’s line that Noah came from.
-There are ten generations that link Adam to Noah, who then had his three sons Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Enoch is noted as a man that “walked with God, and he was not, for God took him.” Hebrews 11:5 qualifies this interpretation for us that Enoch did not see death. He along with Elijah (2 Kings 2:9-11) are unique in this respect that the LORD took these men up to heaven that walked so closely to Him without having to taste the bitterness of physical death. Oh that we would have that kind of closeness to our Heavenly Father!
-The other thing that is interesting to note is the ages of these first humans in the pre-flood state of the earth. There have been some interesting theories about how the water canopy kept out many of the harmful effects from the sun as it pertains to the aging process. We will read shortly about the “floodgates of the sky” (Genesis 6:11) and previously we saw that God created an expanse of water above (Genesis 1:7) in creation. This is a practical explanation for the extremely long ages of these men in these times comparatively to our present standards. Sin’s effects will shortly be seen in the decrease in human years on earth. God will not strive with corrupt men long, and soon He would put limits on the number of their years to 120 (Genesis 6:3).
Verse to Memorize: Genesis 5:24