Reading the genealogies is not usually a lot of fun unless you decide to make a game out of doing so and count all the times the Bible says the word ‘begat’. One of the things God has shown me about genealogies is that every once in awhile, you come across an important tidbit of information and the two genealogies found in Genes 4 and 5 are no exception to this fact.
The bits and pieces of information found in Genesis 4 help us refute the secular archaeologists, secular bible scholars, secular historians, etc., claims that man’s work with metal moved along in stages. Despite the claim of some research professionals, there was no Three Age system. If you are not aware of what that is, here is but one link to the topic:
There are a lot of flaws with that system which that website does not go into and one main one is that it is applied to the Middle East only and possibly a little of Europe. It is not a universal application and it does not take into account the truth. The truth is found in Genesis 4 with these words
22 As for Zillah, she also gave birth to Tubal-cain, the forger of all implements of bronze and iron;
Metalwork was well-known in the pre-flood world and it stands to reason that Noah or one of his sons was an expert in this work. Many people wonder how Noah could build such a large boat without the aid of metal yet we see he probably used metal in his construction of the ark. We just cannot be sure.
But Tubal-cain was not the only father of something as we read prior to the quoted verse:
20 Adah gave birth to Jabal; he was the father of those who dwell in tents and have livestock. 21 His brother’s name was Jubal; he was the father of all those who play the lyre and pipe
Genesis is the book of answers and by these few verses we get the answer for the origins of music, nomadic tribes, and metalwork. This fact also tells us how Nimrod and others could go out and build cities and a large tower that would reach into heaven. Noah, his sons or their wives brought this knowledge forward with them through the flood and taught it to their descendents.
This also tells us that it is possible that the women on the ark may not all have come from Seth. They may have been part of the line started by Cain but again, we cannot be sure of this. This also explains the sophisticated construction remains we find all over the world that the unbeliever cannot explain or find an answer to.
The ancient people were not dummies. They were not some primitive cave dwelling know-nothings the secular world portrays them as but men of intelligence and ability. They say that necessity is the mother of all inventions well, the pre-flood world would have faced the same necessities as our post-flood ancestors have done throughout history and were capable enough to meet those challenges and use their brain power to invent tools and other things to overcome their problems.
But what else are those verses telling us? Well they tell us that God gives talents, abilities and intelligence, etc., to the unbeliever as well as the believer. God has given gifts to all of his creation and has allowed them to use them as they see fit or desire. This means that we should not be viewing the unbelieving world in a framework of ‘us v. them’ but as seeing the unbeliever as our fellow human who has been created by God like us and who have been greatly deceived by evil.
These verses confirm what the NT tells us that our enemies are not of flesh and blood:
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.(Eph. 6:12)
If we look at unbelievers in this light instead of an us. v. them mentality then maybe the love and compassion of Christ will hit the church and flow out to our unsaved inhabitants of Earth and we can lead them to Jesus and salvation. We can target the real enemy with our prayers making our outreach easier.
This love and compassion does not blindly accept and encourage sin or sinful ideas but wisely and carefully leads people away from false teaching like what is found in the emerging church, the new age movements, the cultic groups and so on.
As for the tidbits in Genesis 5 all we have are these words:
24 Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.
9 Now he called his name Noah, saying, “This one will [c]give us rest from our work and from the toil of our hands arising from the ground which the Lord has cursed.”
The former quote tells us that it was possible to walk with God in the pre-flood world and that there were men who did so. It tells us that the corruption of the world which caused God to destroy it did not happen right and that that turning to evil was done over time and probably in subtle and covert ways. Possibly similar to the ‘pushing the envelope’ mentality that has gripped the 20th and 21st centuries.
Keil & Delitzsch have this to say about the latter quote:
That the patriarchs of the old world felt the
ills of this earthly life in all their severity, was attested by Lamech (vv. 28,
29), when he gave his son, who was born 69 years after Enoch’s
translation, the name of Noah, saying, “This same shall comfort us
concerning our work and the toil of our hands, because of the ground
which the Lord hath cursed.”
Noah, jæwOnm; from nuwach to rest and jæWn to bring rest, is explained by μjæn;
to comfort, in the sense of helpful and remedial consolation. Lamech not
only felt the burden of his work upon the ground which God had cursed,
but looked forward with a prophetic presentiment to the time when the
existing misery and corruption would terminate, and a change for the
better, a redemption from the curse, would come. This presentiment
assumed the form of hope when his son was born; he therefore gave
expression to it in his name. But his hope was not realized, at least not in
the way that he desired.
It is hard to say why Lamech spoke those words but we can see that by this time there was more evil in the world than good and godly men were becoming weary. How the percentages stacked up, we are not told. Al we know is that by the time of Noah reaching his 500th birthday the world was beyond repair and saving.
Much like today. We see evil getting bolder and more and more men thinking only of evil as each year passes. Yet instead of becoming afraid and shutting ourselves off from mankind in Roman Catholic type monasteries and nunneries, the believers left in this world need to pray honestly and work spiritually smarter.
If we believe that Christ is returning soon, then that idea should drive us humbly to our knees and fervently pray so that we can rescue more and more sinners before it is too late. We should not excited that we are leaving a mess and evil behind, but lament the fact that too many people will be lost to hell.
Biblical genealogies lead us to a deeper knowledge of the truth and can spur us to the correct spiritual action if we follow the HS guidance and delve into them like God wants.