Is there a hidden message in Genesis 5?
We answered the question, "Is there a hidden message in Revelation 7?" by explaining a remez found in the list of the 12 tribes in that chapter of Revelation. So, what's a remez? In Jewish hermeneutics (interpretation of Scripture), a remez is a hidden message, or a deeper meaning. It's a message that is found below the surface or behind the words. You can read about the Revelation 7 remez here.
There's another remez found in the names recoded in the genealogy recorded in Genesis 5. The names in Genesis 5 are not as clearly defined as those in Revelation 7, but by using a Hebrew dictionary we can find the meaning of each name.
What's in a Name?
In ancient times, the names given to children had significant meaning. Genesis 5 records the genealogy from Adam to Noah. Let's look at the meanings of the 10 names listed in that genealogy.
Adam (Genesis 5:3-5) Seth (Genesis 5:3, 6-8) Enosh (Genesis 5:6, 9-11) Cainan (Genesis 5:9, 12-14) Mahalalel (Genesis 5:12, 15-18) Jared (Genesis 5:15, 18-20) Enoch (Genesis 5:18, 21-24) Methuselah (Genesis 5:21, 25-27) Lamech (Genesis 25, 28-31) Noah (Genesis 5:28-29)
Using the Strong's Dictionary, and of course the Bible, to define the names, we are able to gather the following information:
Adam means "Man"
120. 'adam, aw-dawm'; from H119; ruddy, i.e. a human being (an individual or the species, mankind, etc.):–X another, + hypocrite, + common sort, X low, man (mean, of low degree), person.
"And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man." (Genesis 2:23)
"This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him." (Genesis 5:1)
Seth means "put" or "appointed."
8352. Sheth, shayth; from H7896; put, i.e. substituted; Sheth, third son of Adam:–Seth, Sheth.
"And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew." (Genesis 4:25)
"And Adam lived one hundred and thirty years, and begot a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth." (Genesis 5:3)