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The Descendants of Adam and Eve

The Descendants of Adam and Eve

The genealogies of Cain and Seth: The Bible, Genesis 4-5

Today I am going to tell you about of some of the very first people who lived on Earth. God had created human beings to live never-ending, joy-filled lives full of wonder, goodness, and honor. But the first man and woman, Adam and Eve, disobeyed God and brought a curse on themselves and on the whole universe, a curse of brokenness, decay, and death. Every person after them has followed the same pattern, rejecting God’s wisdom in favor of his or her own ideas. Soon people stopped paying attention to God entirely.

Now, Adam and Eve, had two sons, Cain and Abel. Cain killed Abel, so God banished him. Cain and his wife went and lived in the land of wandering, where the pride of their hearts continued to grow. Cain and his descendants were great. They were sons of God. Or, at least, that is what they want you to think. Cain’s wife gave birth to a son named Enoch. Cain built a city and named it after his son: the city of Enoch would stand forever to declare his greatness. Generations later, another son was born named Lamech. Lamech, too, was filled with pride: He decided he deserved two wives, not just one, and so he took them for himself, whomever he chose. He was great in his own eyes, and he did what he wanted. Once a young man, a boy, struck him, hit him, so Lamech killed him. Then Lamech taunted his wives, saying, “If Cain was avenged seven times, I will be avenged seventy-seven times!” Lamech would fend for himself.

Lamech’s children were great like he was. Jabal was said to be the father of everyone who dwells in tents and has livestock. Jubal was the father of all those who play the harp and flute. Still another, Tubal-Cain, was the instructor of every craftsman in bronze and iron. Tubal-Cain had a sister, by the way, Naamah, but we don’t know if she was Lamech’s daughter.

Well, after Cain killed Abel, Adam and Eve had another son, and named him Seth. Adam was one hundred and thirty years old when Seth was born. One hundred and thirty! That’s old! Actually, in those days, people lived to be much older than they do now. Adam was over nine hundred years old when he died. Remember, God created human beings to live forever. Nine hundred years is still short compared to forever.

When Adam was two hundred and thirty-five years old, Seth also had a son, and he named him Enosh. Then some people finally started paying attention to God again. In fact, a few generations later there would be a man named Enoch (not the same Enoch as Cain’s son Enoch). Enoch loved God so much that God decided that Enoch would live forever: God took him away so that he would not die. I think it is interesting that Enoch lived to be three hundred and sixty-five years old, the same as the number of days in a year! Enoch also had children before God took him away, and one of his children was Methusaleh. Methusaleh is the oldest known person to ever have lived. He lived nine hundred and sixty-nine years! I find it special that Enoch, who walked with God, was chosen to be the father of the man who lived the longest of anybody ever.

Methusaleh had a son named Lamech, again, a different Lamech than the one mentioned earlier. This is one of the many reasons we know the Bible is true. When someone makes up a story, a fiction story, he usually tries to give the characters different names, so as not to be confusing, unless he wants the names to be the same for some—usually funny—story purpose. But the Bible frequently has people with the same names, even interacting with each other, but with no story-based purpose. Rather, just like now, some names were common at various times, and so real people were named the same things. This is how we know it is a true story, that the Bible records actual history.

Well, Lamech had a son, and he named him Noah, and Noah will be the star of our next story: The Flood: God Destroys the World.

Wrap Up

On that sudden and ominous note, it is time to end. Thank you for joining me for this story from the Bible, the tale of the first people to walk the Earth. Tune in next time for our next story from the Bible.

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These are the genealogies of Cain and Seth and the notable people in them, inclusing Enoch, Lamech, Methusaleh, and Noah.