This is the book of the genealogy of Adam. In the day that God created man, He made him in the likeness of God. He created them male and female, and blessed them and called them Mankind in the day they were created. (Genesis 5:1-2)
An alternate rendering of this verse is, “This is the book of the generations of Man,” thus hinting at a fundamental teaching in the Scripture — the concept of humanity. Moreover, the belief in the one God who created Mankind in His image is critical to bring people to affirm the unity of mankind.
Also within these verses is the inherent nature of the Creator — life. He exists because He exists is the message contained in the statement, “I AM that I AM.” Because He is the giver of life, He created mankind in such a way that life could be propagated; He created them male and female and then blessed them.
Through Adam and Eve, Seth played a prominent role in declaring that truth – one God – to all humanity. Furthermore through Seth, the Creator sustained the promise of a Redeemer who would make it possible for mankind to return to the state that was enjoyed before the fall — life eternal. Though the men before the Flood lived incredibly long lives, they were still destined to die. After the flood, mankind saw a gradual shortening of life until the time of the patriarchs who lived to about 100 years.
But it was through the patriarchs and matriarchs of Israel that the Promised One, the Seed of the Woman came into the world. Today, we have the assurance that if we are in Him, we will be like Him and live forevermore. There is no greater blessing that this.
Blessings and Shalom,