I listened to a sermon today by a man named John Courson. The people I live with have some CDs and I thought it would be good to listen to something. The sermon was on the passage of Genesis 5. I dutifully read the passage before listening to the message and was intrigued. I don't think I have ever heard a sermon on Genesis 5. It isn't much to look at. It is the geneology from Adam to Noah with all the years of births and deaths. What most people (including myself) would generally consider rather dry...at least until I heard the talk. This chapter is indeed a presentation of the gospel although in a rather odd and fascinating way. Below is a listing of each man's name and the meaning of his name in the order of the geneology.
Enosh=subject to death
Mahalalel=from the presence of God
Jared=one comes down
Methuselah=dying he shall send
Lamech=to the poor and lowly
Noah=rest or comfort
Man, appointed subject to death and sorrowful. From the presence of God, one comes down dedicated. Dying he shall send to the poor and lowly rest and comfort.
Now that can't be a coincidence, can it?