In the early time of man’s existence, God allowed people to live hundreds of years. Probably one of the reasons for these long lives was in order to populate the earth. Adam lived nine hundred thirty years. During that time, “he had sons and daughters.”
We are not told how many children these families produced, but God deemed it important to record one genealogy in particular. This lineage eventually led to the earthly birth of Christ.
Beginning with Adam, his son, Seth lived nine hundred twelve years. Enosh lived nine hundred five years. Cainan lived nine hundred ten years. Mahalalel lived eight hundred ninety-five years. Jared lived nine hundred sixty-two years. Enoch lived three hundred sixty-five years. Methuselah lived nine hundred sixty-nine years. Lamech, the father of Noah lived seven hundred seventy-seven years. Noah had three sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth.
Enoch had an unusual relationship with God. He, “walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.” He did not die a natural death like other men.
Do the math. Nine generations of men were living at the same time when Lamech was born and he lived fifty-six years before Adam died. Can you imagine the size of a family reunion if all of those folks got together?