Book of the Generation
There are numerous
times the phrase, "generation of," occurs in the scriptures. However,
there are only two times in scriptures in which the phrase, "book of the
generation of," is found:
1. Gen. 5:1 "This is the book of the
generations of Adam."
2. Matt. 1:1 "The book of the generation of
Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham."
invites us to compare the two "books." Since, Genesis chapter 5 is the
book of the generation of Adam, we note that the emphasis of this book
is on death. Over and over again we are told of eight individuals who
lived and the last thing said of them is "and he died" in this chapter.
It would be fair to say that this chapter is the book of death. The
deaths in this chapter are brought about by the sin of Adam.
contrast, the book of the generation of Jesus Christ in Matthew chapter
1 has an emphasis on life. The word, begat, is used thirty nine times,
in this chapter. The fortieth birth was that of Jesus Christ. Death is
not mentioned in this chapter.
verse in 1 Cor. 15:22, "For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall
all be made alive" is illustrated by these two "books." Adam brought
death into the world; Christ gives eternal life to his elect world.
comparison in these two books is the consequences of the actions of the
two to whom the books are named. Adam brought sin and death into the
world through his disobedience of the commandment of God. Christ is the
savior of sinners: "And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call
his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins." Through
his obedience to the commandments of God he delivered his people from
the consequences of sin and death.
Furthermore, Genesis chapter 5 gives us the several descendents of Adam
in descending order. This is like a polluted fountain flowing from Adam
to his posterity. In contrast, the first chapter of Matthew shows us
the one who stopped the pollution and cleaned it up. The fountain led
to Christ, but he being conceived of the Holy Ghost had no sin and
committed no sin. As the redeemer of sinners he was the perfect
sacrifice for their sins. According to 2 Cor. 5:21, "For he hath made
him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the
righteousness of God in him." Christ, like the tree that Moses cast
into the waters of Marah, is the tree of righteousness cast into the
polluted waters of Adam who cleansed those waters for his elect
5:18 "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. 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."
Additionally, we read of Enoch in Heb. 11:5 "By faith Enoch was
translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God
had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony,
that he pleased God. 6 But without faith it is impossible to please him:
for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a
rewarder of them that diligently seek him."
According to the scriptures we read of only two men that have been taken
into heaven without dying. These two men are Enoch and Elijah. These
men are examples of those who will be alive at the second coming of
Jesus. Those of the elect who are alive at the second coming of Jesus
will not die corporeally, but will be changed and made like unto the
glorious body of Jesus.
are many lessons taught us in the above passages of scripture concerning
1. First, Enoch was a descendant of Adam and,
therefore, bore the sin-cursed nature of man. According to the
scriptures we all died in Adam and he brought us, through his
disobedience to the law of sin and death, into a state of being dead in
trespasses and sins. Rom. 3:9-18 tells us: "What then? are we better
than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and
Gentiles, that they are all under sin; As it is written, There is none
righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none
that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are
together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not
one. Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have
used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: Whose mouth is full
of cursing and bitterness: Their feet are swift to shed blood:
Destruction and misery are in their ways: And the way of peace have they
not known: There is no fear of God before their eyes." This was Enoch's
condition as well as our condition prior to being born of the Spirit of
God. Enoch was a sinner and at one time he was dead in trespasses and
2. Enoch lived in a wicked world which at the
time was greatly corrupted. In Gen. chapter 6 before the flood, God
gives us this statement of the condition of mankind: 5 "And God saw that
the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination
of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And it
repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him
at his heart. 7 And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have
created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the
creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I
have made them." Also, the following verses tell us more of the
condtion of man in the pre-flood world: 11 "The earth also was corrupt
before God, and the earth was filled with violence. 12 And God looked
upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted
his way upon the earth. 13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh
is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them;
and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth." Thus, Enoch was
living in a world that was even more violent and corrupt than the world
we are living in today!
3. Further, Enoch did not have the benefit of
the gospel of the grace of Christ or of the scriptures to encourage him
unto godly living. There were no gospel preachers to preach unto him,
nor did he have the benefit of the organized church and godly men and
women to encourage him.
4. There are certain legal requirements for
people to live in heaven.
a. Their sin debt must be paid.
b. They must have been born of the
Spirit of God.
5. No. 4 above begs the question: "How can a
man who was born before the law was given and before Christ died live in
heaven with God?" The answer can only be found in Christ's covenant
work in the covenant of redemption. The covenant of redemption is
stated for us in Rom. 8:29, 30: "For whom he did foreknow, he also did
predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be
the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate,
them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and
whom he justified, them he also glorified." Therefore, Enoch had to be
one whom God chose in Christ before the foundation of the world.
Moreover, God predestinated Enoch to be conformed to the image of
Christ. In addition, Christ called Enoch into spiritual life in the
spiritual birth. Furthermore, Christ died on the cross to redeem Enoch
of his sins. Finally, Christ translated Enoch that he should not see
death and changed his vile body to be like the glorious body of Christ.
All of this proves that works of righteousness nor gospel obedience are
instruments to cause one to be born again and saved from ones sins.
6. We have the evidence of Enoch's new or
spiritual birth as he walked by faith for three hundred years. Faith is
a fruit of the spirit. Therefore, a person must be born of the Spirit
before he can walk by faith.
7. To walk by faith (the word, walk, here
indicates how one lives one's life) when there was no scriptures to
guide Enoch required Enoch to be in close communion with God. Since the
Old Testament scriptures would not be given for over 2,000 years, Enoch,
no doubt did much praying that God would direct his walk. Enoch did not
walk with God one day and then live after the world the next day. Enoch
walked with God for three hundred years. Thus, he had a constant walk
and communion with God. However, Enoch was also living in this world
and continued with his duties and responsibilities in this world as the
scriptures tell us that after the birth of his first born child and he
began a walk with God that he also had sons and daughters born unto
him. Some people seem to think that for a person to have a walk with
God that he can think and do nothing else but think and meditate on God
and spiritual things. Obviously this was not the case with Enoch. He
lived his daily life, but he did it in such a way as to please God.
This is what we should strive for.
8. Enoch had this testimony that he pleased
God. God was under no obligation to translate Enoch, just as he was
under no obligation to translate Elijah. However, it pleased God by his
grace to translate both of these men. They both had the testimony that
they pleased God. They, however, are not the only ones that pleased
God, but the others were not translated. Many of God's children have
pleased God by walking by faith. We should, likewise, strive to please
God by walking by faith. When we think of all that Christ has done for
us, it stands to reason that we should desire to please God. We do this
by walking by faith and not by sight.
9. Enoch, no doubt, was a great example to
others, just as he continues to be an example to us today. We should
strive to live our lives in such a way as to be an example for others to
emulate. We can do this when we walk by faith and live each day
striving to have fellowship with God and pleasing God.