“And a son was also born to Seth, whom he named Enosh. At that time people began to worship the Lord.”
First, I want to share today is NOT my attempt at a historical timeline. However, as I was reading Genesis this weekend I became curious after reading Genesis 4:26. In this scripture we learn it was at this time that people began to formally “worship the Lord.”
When I read this I became curious to how Enosh would have know “how” to worship the Lord. Then I read on to Genesis chapter 5 and read Adam’s family tree. Enosh was one of Adam’s grandsons. So, I quickly assumed that Adam would have told Enosh all that he and grandma Eve had experienced.
This led me to forming a very loose historical timeline, but a timeline that would reflect just how many men would have known Adam and heard him tell the stories of creation.
Again, this is NOT a historical timeline. This is my attempt to discover who would have know Adam. To do this I made the timeline start at year 0 = Adam’s Birthday. From there I inserted the names and dates included in Genesis chapter 5. This is what I discovered:
Adam 0 - 930
Seth 130 - 1042
Enosh 235 - 1140
Kenan 325 -1235
Mahalalel 395 - 1290
Jared 460 - 1422
Enoch 622 - 987 (Enoch didn’t die, God took him away. Gen 5:24)
Methuselah 687 - 1656
Lamech 874 - 1651
Noah 1056 -
These of course are not all that lived. These are the men mentioned in Genesis chapter 5. Lamech, the father of Noah would have known the very first man, Adam! I find this so interesting. All these men, their wives, their brother and sisters, and their children would have know Adam.
And, as the story goes, we can learn that they followed Adam. Genesis chapter 6 tells the sad story of how God was disappointed with his creation. “But Noah found favor in the sight of the Lord…Noah was a godly man; he was blameless among his contemporaries. He walked with God.”
Noah’s amazing story can be found in Genesis chapters 6-8. I would encourage you to read it.