A few days ago, a friend passed me a “sermon” spoken by a smart alec pastor from a mega church and how he wanted to present himself as a sophisticated scholarly person who have deep research into ancient Chinese beliefs.

Personally, I did a similar research years ago to try to understand how did the name “上帝” was used to denote God. But in his presentation, I found a few very historically inaccurate comment. Especially about Kangxi Emperor in the Qing Dynasty, although the pastor claimed that Kangxi was a “Christian convert” history records specially that Kang Xi revoked his Edict of Toleration which recognised the Catholic Church and also allow Christians to openly practise their faith.

He also claimed that Qin Shi Huang was moved by the Holy Spirit to change ancient Chinese words, which I think its really “speculative” view that can never be proven. Ironically Qin Shi Huang took the title of “始皇帝”. and Taking the name 皇帝 he took the title he equates himself as God.. Which officially destroyed the religious system of worshipping 上帝 in ancient china.

Personally I find that it is very hard to prove that the ancient 上帝 is indeed YHYH. Its really unconvincing to just base the findings on ancient Chinese 甲骨文 (Oracle Bone Script) , so instead of wasting time to prove it, let us concentrate on saving souls for the Lord instead. Especially when the end times is near.

Nonetheless, his sermon mentioned about the fact that Adam was alive when Methuselah was born. It kinda got my interest as a few questions pops up at my mind.

1. How many years was creation to the flood?
2. When Enoch was preaching about Gods judgement, was Adam still alive?
3. Were any of the “ancestors” of Noah killed in the flood?

Hence, the answer of these questions lies in the most boring chapter in Genesis. Gen 5. Most people like to skip the chapter as it only mention of how long people live and when did they die? However, if we were to read it closely, there are actually very important teachings to be learnt.

The Descendants of Cain verses the Descendants of Seth

Comparing Gen 5 to Gen 4, we can see a very big contrast in the family of Cain verses the Family of Seth. As we know, Cain represented the ungodly people (“daughters of men” in Gen 6:2) while the family of Seth represent the people who still followed God (“sons of God” in Gen 6:2)

The family of Cain lead very interesting but violent lives. Enoch built the first cities for humans to dwell in. Lamech was the first man who practise polygamy, Lamech is also violent, as he killed a young man for hurting him. (Gen 4:23). Jubal was a musician and “the father of secular music” (Gen 4:21) . Tubal Cain was the first blacksmith in the world (Gen 4:22).

While the family of Seth, just lived, have kids, and died. Theres nothing spoken about achievements. So Christians have to choose a life to lead, do we want to lead it like the family of Cain or the family of Abel? Of course, I am not saying that Christians cannot be musicians, weapon makers and vocations, but the difference is whether we followed God’s instruction. Remember God wanted the people to scatter and populate earth, (Gen 1:28)

Enoch

Enoch is one interesting character in the list that is worth mentioning, Enoch has the shortest life, but the most interesting one among his ancestors. Enoch had a son named Methuselah. Methuselah names carries a interesting meaning “After my death, disaster will strike”

Enoch is aware of the judgement of God on mankind, Jude mentioned in his Epistle

“Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, to execute judgement on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.” – Enoch (Jude 14-15)

It was because of Enoch’s faith, he walked with God even more than his Ancestors. The Author Of Hebrews confirmed that Enoch did not die, but was taken up to heaven (Heb 11:5)

The pastor who spoke that sermon was correct to say that Adam was still alive when Methuselah was alive, therefore, i will think that they will not know what is dying yet (Besides unnatural death such as that one of Abel).

It is also interesting to note that Adam was the only ancestor who did not see Enoch taken up to heaven. Adam died around 57 years before Enoch was taken up to heaven. That means the generations at that time could compare natural death to Gods salvation on the spot. Perhaps thats why God gave Enoch such a short life.

Methuselah

Methuselah is the person with the longest life in the Old Testament. And we mentioned the meaning of his name earlier. Note that his death correspond exactly to the date of the flood. God used Methuselah to warn the generations before him that God will judge the people for their sins. And note that God gave the warning 687 years after his creation, while giving them 969 years to repent.

I wonder how many people heeded Gods warning? According to the story of Noah, only 8 responded.

Sometimes we asked why is God so cruel, but yet over here you see God gave the ample time to heed is warning. So, if the people refuse to listen, can we now blame God for executing his judgement?

Adam to Noah

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