and he died / and he was not


Genesis chapter 5 lists out ten generations from Adam to Noah.
Generation 1: Adam begat Seth when he was 130 years old, and lived for 930 years: and he died. (Genesis 5:3-5)
Generation 2: Seth begat Enos when he was 105 years old, and lived for 912 years: and he died. (Genesis 5:6-8)
Generation 3: Enos begat Cainan when he was 90 years old, and lived for 905 years: and he died. (Genesis 5:9-11)
Generation 4: Cainan begat Mahaleel when he was 70 years old, and lived for 910 years: and he died. (Genesis 5:12-14)
Generation 5: Mahaleel begat Jared when he was 65 years old, and lived for 895 years: and he died. (Genesis 5:15-17)
Generation 6: Jared begat Enoch when he was 162 years old, and lived for 962 years: and he died. (Genesis 5:18-20)
Generation 7: Enoch begat Methuselah when he was 65 years old, and lived for 365 years: and he was not; for God took him. (Genesis 5:21-24)
Generation 8: Methuselah begat Lamech when he was 187 years old, and lived for 969 years: and he died. (Genesis 5:25-27)
Generation 9: Lamech begat Noah when he was 182 years old, and lived for 777 years: and he died. (Genesis 5:28-31)
Generation 10: Noah begat Shem, Ham & Japeth when he was 500 years old, and lived for 950 years: and he died. (Genesis 5:32 to 9:29)

What is interesting to note is that, of all the ten generations from Adam to Noah, it is said of each, that they begat sons and daughters, they lived for a period of time, and they died, except for one. Of Enoch, the seventh from Adam, it is said, that he was begotten, but instead of stating that he died, it is written, that he was not, for God took him. Enoch escapes physical death because of his walk with God.

Points to ponder:
Those who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ are given the gift of the Holy Spirit of God (Ephesians 1:13) and those who walk after the Spirit and not after the flesh shall have no condemnation (Romans 8:1) i.e., they shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16). In other words, of those who believe in Jesus, it shall not be said – and he/she died; but it shall be said – and he/she was not, for God took him/her. At the end of our journey on earth, what shall be said of you and me? Will we stand out as one in ten generations? Will it be said of you and me – “and he/she died” or will it be said of you and me “and he/she was not, for God took him/her?”

Genesis 5:3-31 (KJV)
3 And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, and after his image; and called his name Seth:
4 And the days of Adam after he had begotten Seth were eight hundred years: and he begat sons and daughters:
5 And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died.
6 And Seth lived an hundred and five years, and begat Enos:
7 And Seth lived after he begat Enos eight hundred and seven years, and begat sons and daughters:
8 And all the days of Seth were nine hundred and twelve years: and he died.
9 And Enos lived ninety years, and begat Cainan:
10 And Enos lived after he begat Cainan eight hundred and fifteen years, and begat sons and daughters:
11 And all the days of Enos were nine hundred and five years: and he died.
12 And Cainan lived seventy years and begat Mahalaleel:
13 And Cainan lived after he begat Mahalaleel eight hundred and forty years, and begat sons and daughters:
14 And all the days of Cainan were nine hundred and ten years: and he died.

15 And Mahalaleel lived sixty and five years, and begat Jared:
16 And Mahalaleel lived after he begat Jared eight hundred and thirty years, and begat sons and daughters:
17 And all the days of Mahalaleel were eight hundred ninety and five years: and he died.
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.
25 And Methuselah lived an hundred eighty and seven years, and begat Lamech.
26 And Methuselah lived after he begat Lamech seven hundred eighty and two years, and begat sons and daughters:
27 And all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred sixty and nine years: and he died.
28 And Lamech lived an hundred eighty and two years, and begat a son:
29 And he called his name Noah, saying, This same shall comfort us concerning our work and toil of our hands, because of the ground which the Lord hath cursed.
30 And Lamech lived after he begat Noah five hundred ninety and five years, and begat sons and daughters:
31 And all the days of Lamech were seven hundred seventy and seven years: and he died.
32 And Noah was five hundred years old: and Noah begat Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

Genesis 9:29 (KJV)
29 And all the days of Noah were nine hundred and fifty years: and he died.

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