by Kristen C. Strocchia
“This is the written account of Adam’s family line. When God created mankind, he made them in the likeness of God. He created them male and female and blessed them. And He named them ‘Mankind’ when they were created. When Adam had lived 130 years, he had a son in his own likeness, in his own image; and he named him Seth. After Seth was born, Adam lived 800 years and had other sons and daughters. Altogether, Adam lived a total of 930 years, and then he died.” Genesis 5:1-5
In case there was any doubt that Genesis 2 is a zoomed in account of the Creation of Man from chapter 1, take a look at how God opens Chapter 5–an overview that once again repeats the Creation of Man. Brain research has shown that spiraling a curriculum–that is repeating an idea as it applies to new material or context–is highly effective for getting students to learn the idea.
God, having created our minds, already knew that long before the educational research came out that proved it. His Word is full of spiraled curriculum tidbits in His accounts, to help us readers of the Bible to make the connections to other portions of scripture that are pertinent for discerning meaning.
Lest readers forget to remember that everyone on the planet is descended from Adam and Eve, God starts Adam’s genealogical narrative with a reminder of how Adam got here and so on. But God also uses the same verbiage to say that He created man in His [God’s] own likeness/image and then to say that Adam had a son in his own likeness/image. This should let us know that God means we were created a lot more like Him than we can probably imagine. I mean, just think how close Adam and Seth probably were. And more than that, neither Abel nor Cain–both Seth’s older brothers–are described as being like Adam.
The crazy thing is that Seth wasn’t born until his dad was 130 years old. And looking through the next generations, most of these guys became dads after the age when most of us today are dead. And then they lived hundreds of years longer and had more children.
But the tragic reality at the end of the day is that Adam–and the rest of his line–died because he listened to Satan, therefore disobeying God, and invited sin into the world.
Do you read God’s Word each day? Have you asked God to show you the connections in scripture?