When the Holy Ghost wrote the Bible, He must have used wet ink. His fingerprints are on every page! Even the boring bits He hides treasures…
The scriptures are the most amazing thing on this planet. There’s nothing can compare with the wonder that is the Bible. There’s a reason that it’s it’s the world’s bestseller. But even beyond just the kind of surface stories from which we can learn and through which we can discover the saviour of the world, there are things hidden in there that really do reveal the fingerprints of God. I mean, I like to say that when the Holy Ghost wrote the Bible, he must have used wet ink because his fingerprints are on every page.
And it’s a supernatural fingerprint. It’s the fingerprint of a vast, eternal mind. Even in the boring bits or what one might consider the boring bits like, say, for example, the lists of names. I don’t know anyone who has lists of names in their promise box scriptures that they pull out and confess every day. But even in those places that it’s very easy for us to skip over, the Holy Spirit is powerfully speaking to us and revealing truth.
Take, for example, this list of begaps. Now it’s nestled inconspicuously in the fifth chapter of Genesis. Okay, so this is the first book of the Bible. We’re just a few chapters in Moses is inspired by the Holy Spirit to write down a family tree. So it tells the unfolding story from Adam through to Noah.
But hidden in these names, hidden in this family history is a bigger story that’s not immediately apparent to the eye. This is like a hidden gem. In this chapter of the Holy book, we find this list of ten names. Okay. And so let’s take a look and go through Genesis chapter five.
First we find Adam is mentioned. Adama means man, then his son Seth, which means appointed. And then Enosh. Seth’s son. Enosh means mortal, frail or miserable from the root and Nash.
It means to be incurable. It’s used to describe wounds, grief, woes, sickness, or even wickedness. Enosh had a son. It’s funny, isn’t it? Some of the names these people give their kids.
But even the naming of these children, however audit may sound, was inspired by the Holy Spirit. As you will see as we dig behind the story behind the story, Enosh had a son named Canaan. Now Canaan. Again, it’s really another kind of happy go lucky name. This one, it means sorrow, dirge or Elegy.
Then Canaan had a son named Mahalalel. Now I’d rather be Mahalalel than Canaan or Enosh. Mahalalel means blessed or praise. Now you’ve got L there, which is the name for God. So essentially it would be transliterated or translated as the blessed God Mahalalel and had a son named Yered or Jared.
And this is from the verb Yerad. And forgive me. I am no Greek scholar. Sorry, no Hebrew scholar. So if I’m mispronouncing these things, please just bear with me.
But that name Yered means shall come down. Yarad then had quite an incredible son. A remarkable man named Enoch. Now Enoch means commencement or teaching. Enoch was actually a Prophet who amazingly prophesied the second coming of Christ.
We are just a few generations in here, and we find this this guy, Enoch, who walks so closely with God that God reveals to him not just the first coming of Christ, but the second part of his prophecy is recorded in the book of Jude, verses 14 and 15. He then has a son named you may have heard of mathewsela was like the oldest guy ever recorded in the Bible, and he named his son. And the prophetic name actually means Methuselah, means his death shall bring or when he dies, it shall come.
And it was directly after the death of Methuselah. As I mentioned, he’s notably the oldest recorded man in the Bible.
At 969 years, the flood of Noah occurred when he dies, it shall come, or his death shall bring and say, Here we have God keeping this poor guy alive for 969 years. Speaking of the long suffering of God, two Peter 39 alludes to this. And then Ms. Euzella, as we’ve seen it’s from Murph, the root that means death and shellac, which means to bring or to send forth. Essentially, Mathewsla means his death shall bring a kid called Lamech.
And the root is still evident today in our English word lament or lamentation. It means despairing again. Like these happy names that they gave their kids, Mafusala gives birth to Lamech. Lamech gives birth to Noah. Now we’ve all heard of Noah, which is derived from the Hebrew word Nakam, which means to bring relief or comfort, comfort or rest.
Now we’re taken together these stories, which are written by the Holy Spirit through the generations unbeknownst to the men who were naming their children. But here’s how the story reads. When we look at the meaning of these ten names, man is appointed mortal sorrow, but the blessed God shall come down. Teaching his death shall bring the despairing, comfort and rest. Dear friends, the gospel is nestled here right in the fifth chapter of Genesis.
The Bible is full of these kind of wonderful secret Santa places where we get to open up the surprises that the Holy Spirit has hidden inside of them. He gives the despairing rest. History really is his story and it’s hidden in the story of his people. No one is lost in the list. Your name, my dear brother or sister, is known and significant to the Saviour.
Well, thanks for listening. Hopefully, it’s been an encouragement to you today. If you want to connect any further, you can do so through my website. Davidleemartin.com.
Have a great day.