Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The First Ten Generations

Did you know that the Gospel message of God’s redemption plan is presented in the names of the first 10 generations. The Messiah is hidden all through the Torah and it is our duty and glory to seek Him.

Names in the Bible have a meaning beyond just a name. When we look at the names in order, we find an interesting message in the ten generations from Adam to Noah given in Genesis 5.

(The numbers after the # symbol are Strong’s Concordance reference numbers)

Adam: Mankind
#120: ‘adam (aw-dawm’) from 119; ruddy i.e. a human being (an individual or the species, mankind, etc.

Seth: Is appointed to
#8352. Sheth, (shayth) from 7896; put, i.e. substituted;
#7896. shiyth, (sheeth) a primitive root; to place (in a very wide application):--apply, appoint, array, bring, consider, lay (up), let alone

Enos: Feeble, frail, mortality
#582. ‘enowsh, en-oshe’ a mortal (and thus differing from the more dignified 120); hence, a man in general (singly or collectively):
#605. ‘anash, aw-nash’ a primitive root; to be frail, feeble

Cainan: A fixed Dwelling place
#7018. Qeynan, kay-nawn’ from the same as 7064; fixed
#7064. qen, kane contracted from #7077; a nest (as fixed), sometimes including the nestlings; figuratively, a chamber or dwelling:--nest, room.

Mahalaleel: God who is praised
#4111. Mahalal’el, mah-hal-al-ale’ from 4110 and 410; praise of God

Jared: Comes down, descends
#3382. Yered, yeh’-red from 3381; a descent
#3381. dry yarad, yaw-rad’ a primitive root; to descend

Enoch: To instruct, train up
#2585. Chanowk, khan-oke’ from 2596; initiated
#2596. chanak, khaw-nak’ a primitive root; properly, to narrow (compare 2614); figuratively, to initiate or discipline:--dedicate, train up.

Methusalah: A man sent forth
#4968. Methuwshelach, (meth-oo-sheh’-lakh) from 4962 and 7973; man of a dart
#4962 math, math from the same as 4970; properly, an adult (as of full length); by implication, a man
#37973. shelach, from 7971; a missile of attack #7971. shalach, (shaw-lakh’) a primitive root; to send away, for, or out

Lamech: To be beaten, smitten, and tortured
#3929 from #4347. makkah, mak-kaw’ or (masculine) makkeh {muk-keh’}; (plural only) from 5221; a blow; by implication, a wound; figuratively, carnage, also pestilence:--beaten, blow, plague, slaughter, smote, X sore, stripe, stroke, wound((-ed))

Noah: Bringing rest, a quiet peace
#5146 Noach, (no’-akh) the same as 5118; rest
#5118 nuwach, (noo’-akh) or nowach {no’-akh}; from 5117; quiet

The meanings of the names read:

Mankind/ is appointed to/ feeble, frail, mortality/ a fixed dwelling place/ God who is praised/ comes down/ to instruct/ as a man sent forth/ to be beaten smitten and tortured/ bringing rest, a quiet peace.

Shalom and Be Blessed

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