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Genesis 5:25-32

Verses covered in this passage:

  • Genesis 5:25
  • Genesis 5:26
  • Genesis 5:27
  • Genesis 5:28
  • Genesis 5:29
  • Genesis 5:30
  • Genesis 5:31
  • Genesis 5:32

Genesis is a book about many beginnings. The beginnings of the world, the human race, sin and redemption, and the nation of Israel to name a few. In fact, the word Genesis from the Greek means “origin,” and in Hebrew it means “beginning.” The book of Genesis contains the events of the flood, tower of Babel, Sodom and Gomorrah, and the lives of the Patriarchs.

In the beginning, God created everything by simply speaking, “God said…and it was so” (Genesis 1:6-7, 9, 11, 14-15). This is not a scientific technical account of creation, but it shows a loving God creating a universe and mankind to rule it and fellowship with God. Man was formed especially from the ground and given the breath of life from God. The woman was made from the man’s rib (Genesis 2:7).

After man fell into sin, things began to spin out of control quickly. Cain murdered his brother Abel and the human race became so violent that God decided to destroy them all with a flood. God saved one righteous man (Noah) and his family in an ark filled with animals to deliver the human race from extinction. God chose Abraham and blessed a special group of people named “Israel.” God began to unfold a plan of salvation from a coming famine by sending Joseph to rule in Egypt. The failure of man in every circumstance is met by the salvation of God. We fail, but the good news is God saves us.


Genesis 5 takes us from the days of Adam to the time of Noah. It also shows us the fulfillment of death because of sin (Genesis 2:17). This chapter contains the ten generations from Adam to Noah. It notes the age at which each person dies. While we are told that these men had sons and daughters, the only names of those recorded are the direct succession from Adam to Noah. We learn about Enoch who, “walked with God” and Methuselah, the oldest man in the Biblical record.


Methuselah was the father of Lamech and the grandfather of Noah. God chose Noah for a special purpose. Noah was the father of Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

Methuselah lived a very long life of 969 years. He is the longest living person recorded in the Bible. Methuselah had Lamech who in turn had Noah.

In Genesis 4 we learned that in the genealogy of Cain there was a man named Lamech (Genesis 4:18-24). Likewise, in the godly line of Seth, there was a Lamech. Although they had the same name, their family heritage impacted who they were and how they lived. Seth’s Lamech was the father of Noah, who was used by God to save the human race and continue the messianic promise. Cain’s Lamech murdered a young man who had wounded him and then boasted about it to his wives (Genesis 4:23-24). This shows the very different paths that these two families took.

Lamech’s hope for his son, Noah, is explained by Lamech in the naming, when Lamech prophesies that Noah will be the agent God will use to give humanity rest. This shows us that mankind still understood God’s curse and desired a form of relief from it. Noah was not the deliverer Lamech hoped for (he didn’t save humanity from the God’s curse), but Noah did fulfill the prophetic hope by saving mankind from God’s judgment, as we will see in Genesis 6. Noah fathered three boys. The oldest was Japheth. Shem was the middle child and Ham was the youngest.

This chapter covers the lineage from Adam to Noah, the same lineage that will ultimately connect to Jesus (Luke 3:23-38).

Biblical Text

25 Methuselah lived one hundred and eighty-seven years, and became the father of Lamech. 26 Then Methuselah lived seven hundred and eighty-two years after he became the father of Lamech, and he had other sons and daughters. 27 So all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred and sixty-nine years, and he died. 28 Lamech lived one hundred and eighty-two years, and became the father of a son. 29 Now he called his name Noah, saying, “This one will give us rest from our work and from the toil of our hands arising from the ground which the Lord has cursed.” 30 Then Lamech lived five hundred and ninety-five years after he became the father of Noah, and he had other sons and daughters. 31 So all the days of Lamech were seven hundred and seventy-seven years, and he died. 32 Noah was five hundred years old, and Noah became the father of Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

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