In our weekday Bible study of the book of Genesis, we can to some interesting questions about chapters 5 and 6. Chapter 5 lists the genealogy of Adam’s line. If you read through this chapter, you will notice how long these folks lived. Methuselah (you’ve probably heard about him) lived to be 969! How could this be? There’s plenty of speculation. Some of the suggestions are:
*Humans were purer genetically at this point in time, and there was less disease so they lived longer
*No rain had fallen yet on the earth, and the expanse of water above protected people from harmful environmental factors that hasten aging
*God gave these early humans longer life spans so that they would have more time to populate the earth
*They didn’t really live this long, they measured time differently
Here’s another mystery. Enoch, one of the descendants of Adam lived only 365 years — “he walked with God; then he was no more” Genesis 5:24. What happened to Enoch? The phrase “walking with God” is generally used in the Bible to describe someone very righteous. But did God actually take him for some reason? Or did he simply disappear, and those left behind made an assumption based on his character?
Finally, in chapter 6, we read:
“… the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose.” Genesis 6:2
Who were these sons of God? Some believe they were angels. Others suggest that the sons of God were the descendants of Adam while the daughters of man were descended from Cain.
In these and many other matters in the Bible, all we can say is that we really don’t know. God doesn’t give us every detail because that isn’t what’s important. The focus of the Scripture is God’s plan and how it will be fulfilled — and the answer to that question is Jesus.
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