Family trees are pretty popular these days – we all seem to get excited about our roots. But not many people preach on the bible genealogies. They seem to be the bits we pass over.
Actually, I find them fascinating. This one in Genesis chapter 5 reveals quite a remarkable story. A while ago, it suddenly occured to me, that as they lived so long in those days, they must have seen quite a few generations coming along. Great, great, great grandad was more than a yellowing photo in an old family album. So when it came to the flood, what happened to Noah’s family? We know only the younger generation accompanied Noah and his wife into the ark. Did the older family members come under the terrible punishment?
So I set out to work out what happened to them. Starting from the year of creation as zero, I used the genealogy to work out their dates. It turns out that Lamech, Noah’s father, died in the year 1651 after creation. His father Methusaleh (Noah’s grandfather) outlived him by five years, dying in the year 1656, the very year of the flood. They both died naturally. Going back another generation, it’s Enoch, who went to be with the Lord at quite an early age. So no, they did not have to face that awful punishment. God had his hand on that family all along.
Just a little illustration of the amazing love of God hidden in the pages of the bible. Sometimes we can miss what God is doing in the background, because our attention is drawn to the bad news.