In chapter 5, we begin with the genealogy of the patriarchs. In the last lesson, we were looking at the evil ancestors of Adam's family. Now with Seth, we are looking at the Godly line through which the Savior would come.
In the third chapter of Luke, you can follow right back to Adam through his son Seth. Luke 3:38 "Which was [the son] of Enos, which was [the son] of Seth, which was [the son] of Adam, which was [the son] of God."
Verses 1-2: “Called their name Adam”: This is the generic use of “Adam”, which contrasts with Adam as a proper name in this same context (verse 3)
Genesis 5:1 "This [is] the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him;"
“The likeness of God” (see notes on 1:26).
Genesis 5:2 "Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created."
“Called their name Adam”: In naming man, God declared His own dominion over all creation (Matt. 19:4; Mark 10:6). Remember how God had Adam name every living creature? And whatever Adam called them, that is what they were named? We learned then, that was God demonstrating to all of Creation that MAN had dominion. Giving names is a form of demonstrating dominion. Just like the King of Babylon gave Babylonian names to Daniel, Shadrach and Abendigo. He was demonstrating his dominion over them. Here, God named his Man calling him Adam. This was God demonstrating dominion. Then, He gave Adam dominion by allowing him to name all of the animals, etc.
Genesis 5:3 "And Adam lived a hundred and thirty years, and begat [a son] in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth:"
“In his own likeness, after his image”: The human image and likeness in which God created mankind was procreatively passed to the second generation and to all generations which follow. Even to today!
We must take note that this was not Adam's first son. Adam had Cain and Abel before Seth, but the lineage that would be followed throughout the Bible would be through Seth.
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