Genesis Chapter 5

Adam and Eve are our first parents and they had many righteous individuals in their posterity. As I have learned from studying the topic of family history and temple work, it is vitally important for us to know our genealogy. Since Adam and Eve are related to all people who have ever lived, it is important for each of us to come to know them and their descendants, who are our ancestors. This chapter is a record of Adam’s descendants.

1 This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him;
2 Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.

This particular record does not show all the children and families of Adam and Eve, but rather, it is a record of the priesthood line from Adam down through the generations. Adam is another way of saying mankind (according to the footnote in verse 2). God created mankind and as such, we are all members of the family of Adam.

A Family Tree

3 And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth:
4 And the days of Adam after he had begotten Seth were eight hundred years: and he begat sons and daughters:
5 And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died.
6 And Seth lived an hundred and five years, and begat Enos:
7 And Seth lived after he begat Enos eight hundred and seven years, and begat sons and daughters:
8 And all the days of Seth were nine hundred and twelve years: and he died.
9 And Enos lived ninety years, and begat Cainan:
10 And Enos lived after he begat Cainan eight hundred and fifteen years, and begat sons and daughters:
11 And all the days of Enos were nine hundred and five years: and he died.
12 And Cainan lived seventy years, and begat Mahalaleel:
13 And Cainan lived after he begat Mahalaleel eight hundred and forty years, and begat sons and daughters:
14 And all the days of Cainan were nine hundred and ten years: and he died.
15 And Mahalaleel lived sixty and five years, and begat Jared:
16 And Mahalaleel lived after he begat Jared eight hundred and thirty years, and begat sons and daughters:
17 And all the days of Mahalaleel were eight hundred and ninety and five years: and he died.
18 And Jared lived an hundred sixty and two years, and he begat Enoch:
19 And Jared lived after he begat Enoch eight hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:
20 And all the days of Jared were nine hundred sixty and two years: and he died.

Time (or the duration of a life) was a very different thing for these early generations of the earth, than it is for us today. Some, if not all, of these men were alive at the time that Adam was living. We learn this when we read Doctrine and Covenants 107:45,53.

45 God called upon Cainan in the wilderness in the fortieth year of his age; and he met Adam in journeying to the place Shedolamak. He was eighty-seven years old when he received his ordination. …
53 Three years previous to the death of Adam, he called Seth, Enos, Cainan, Mahalaleel, Jared, Enoch, and Methuselah, who were all high priests, with the residue of his posterity who were righteous, into the valley of Adam-ondi-Ahman, and there bestowed upon them his last blessing.

I am sure that it was a great blessing to live at the time of Adam and Eve and to have their testimonies of the Lord to enrich their lives. The priesthood was on the earth and their were many righteous and blessed people living in that time. Enoch was one of the righteous and we learn that he was a man who walked with God.

21 And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah:
22 And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:
23 And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years:
24 And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.
25 And Methuselah lived an hundred eighty and seven years, and begat Lamech:
26 And Methuselah lived after he begat Lamech seven hundred eighty and two years, and begat sons and daughters:
27 And all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred sixty and nine years: and he died.

In Moses, chapters 6 and 7, we learn more about the great man that Enoch was. He was called of God to preach repentance to the people and because of his example and teachings, many turned their hearts to the Lord. Because his people were righteous, they were able to establish the city of Zion. They lived in unity and love all their days. Their righteousness was so pure that eventually God translated them and took the whole city of Zion to live with them. Enoch’s son, Methuselah, was not taken however, because the records and testimony of the righteous needed to continue for the rest of the world to have. In addition, the posterity of Adam in this line of the priesthood needed to continue.

28 And Lamech lived an hundred eighty and two years, and begat a son:
29 And he called his name Noah, saying, This same shall comfort us concerning our work and toil of our hands, because of the ground which the Lord hath cursed.
30 And Lamech lived after he begat Noah five hundred ninety and five years, and begat sons and daughters:
31 And all the days of Lamech were seven hundred seventy and seven years: and he died.
32 And Noah was five hundred years old: and Noah begat Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

From this line of Adam’s posterity, Noah was brought into the world. Noah was another great prophet, who is well known to many in the world today. Noah preached repentance to the people and brought a certain peace and rest to the world as he served the Lord. After the great flood, a promise was given to Noah. The Lord said that the ground would no longer be cursed for the sake of man, a curse which had been since the fall of Adam. In this, Noah brought a comfort in the work that mankind needed to do.

I am so glad that we have a record of this priesthood genealogy, so that we can have an understanding of the ancient fathers of old. We are all descendants of these men, because Noah was the patriarch of the only souls who lived through the flood. These are a part of our celestial family, that we should have a desire to be a part of. The priesthood they held and used, is the same priesthood that worthy men can hold today. Because it is available to us, we can all be partakers of the same blessings, promises, and powers to do marvelous things. This gospel truly is centered around families and I am looking forward to meeting these righteous men someday.

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