Today’s posting is about the beginnings of Noah, who was the great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandson of Adam. Because little is known of these forefathers of Noah, except Adam, one concludes that they didn’t do much, except beget, which they did a lot of. However, they all lived a lot longer than we do today, and begot at much older ages than we do today, even Hugh Hefner.
For instance, Adam was one-hundred-and-thirty when he begot Seth. One might expect that Adam would die soon after. But no, he went on to live another eight-hundred years, and begot further sons and daughters. Adam finally died when nine-hundred-and-thirty. At first sight, this was remarkable. But, when compared to his descendants, it wasn’t really.
Consider Adam’s son, Seth, who was one hundred-and-five when he begot Enosh. Seth lived another eight-hundred-and-seven years, and begot further sons and daughters. Seth died when nine-hundred-and-twelve years. This wasn’t quite the nine-hundred-and-thirty years that his father, Adam, had lived. But still.
Seth’s son, Enosh, was ninety when he begot Kenan. After that, Seth lived another eight-hundred-and-fifteen years, and begot other sons and daughters. When Seth had reached nine-hundred-and-five, he died.
This was more or less the pattern of the lives of the descendants who followed Seth. However, an exception of sorts was Enoch – not the Enoch who was the son of Cain – but another descendant called Enoch.
This Enoch, after begetting Methuselah at sixty-five, walked with God for three hundred years, all the while begetting other sons and daughters during rest stops. When Enoch was three-hundred-and-sixty-five he disappeared and was never seen again. His friends said worriedly, “Where’s Enoch, where’s Enoch?” It appears that Enoch’s walking companion, God, had taken Enoch away to who knows where.
Noah was destined for a life of unremitting hard work, for, when he was born, his father, Lamech, said, “This boy will bring us relief from our work, and from the hard labour that has come upon us because of the Lord’s curse upon the ground.” Despite having to work so hard, Noah still had energy left to beget, at the age of five-hundred, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
The longevity of Adam and his descendants can only be the envy of those today, who, wishing to live to be really old, eat only food and vitamins from health-food stores, and go bike-riding and jog. What was it about Adam and his descendants that they could live so long? There is a clue, because God said, “My life-giving spirit shall not remain in man for ever; he for his part is mortal flesh: he shall live for a hundred and twenty years.”
God, then, was doing something deliberate to enable Adam and his descendants to live eight-hundred to nine-hundred years. But, even after deciding to stop doing whatever He was doing, God still expected men to live to one hundred-and-twenty – an age which even those who eat stuff from health food stores and bike-ride and jog, don’t really expect to reach.
Having said that men would live to be one-hundred-and-twenty, God had a mood-change after suddenly seeing the evil that men had done on earth. He concluding they weren’t likely to change, and said, “This race of men whom I have created, I will wipe them off the face of the earth – man and beast, reptiles and birds. I’m sorry I ever made them.” God’s mood-change was so huge, it bespoke bi-polarity.
However, when first God saw Noah, He knew that Noah had something special, that he was a cut above the average corrupt and violent man. So God was determined to spare Noah what He was planning for Mankind.
Source: Genesis 5