Hidden Message in Adam Genealogy- Remarkable
Adam’s name means “man”. As the first man, that seems straight forward enough.
Adam’s son was named Seth, which means “appointed”. Eve said, “For God hath appointed me
another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew.”
Seth’s son was called Enosh, which means “mortal, frail, or miserable”. It is from the root anash,
“to be incurable”, used of a wound, grief, woe, sickness, or wickedness. It was in the days of Enosh that men began to defile the name of the Living God.
Enosh’s son was named Kenan, which can mean “sorrow, dirge, or elegy”.
(The precise denotation is somewhat elusive; some study aids, unfortunately, presume that Kenan
is synonymous with Cainan.)
Balaam, looking down from the heights of Moab, uses a pun upon the name of the Kenites when
he prophesies their destruction. We have no real idea as to why these names were chosen for their children. Often they may have referred to circumstances at birth, and so on.
Kenan’s son was Mahalalel, from mahalal which means blessed or praise; and El, the name for God.
Thus, Mahalalel means the “Blessed God”. Often Hebrew names include El, the name of God,
as Dan-i-el, “God is my Judge”, etc.
Mahalalel’s son was named Jared, from the verb yaradh, meaning “shall come down”.
Jared’s son was named Enoch, which means “teaching, or commencement”. He was the first of
four generations of preachers. In fact, the earliest recorded prophecy was by Enoch, which amazingly
enough deals with the Second Coming of Christ (although it is quoted in the Book of Jude in the
Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying,
“Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, To execute judgment upon all, and to
convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against.”
— Jude 14–15