This is what God gave me today in His word:
When Lamech had lived 182 years, he fathered a son and called his name Noah, saying, “Out of the ground that the LORD has cursed this one shall bring us relief from our work and from the painful toil of our hands.” (Genesis 5:28-29)
When man was growing weaker, there was born a son who was called Jesus, and it was said, “Out of the ground that the LORD has cursed this one shall bring us relief from our work and from the painful toil of our hands.”
Explanation of the transquotation:
First, let me point out if you would that Genesis five is the genealogy of Adam. — something very interesting which you’ll notice in Genesis five is that as it progresses, people start to die earlier. Adam died at about 930, Seth (Adam’s son) died at 912, and so forth with only a few interruptions in the decline. This is, of course, because man no longer lived in a perfect environment and thus had to work for his food. No doubt there were several other causes, but as I’m not a geologist or anything else to do with the environment, we’ll skip those for now… So now we’ve established that man was dying younger and younger because work was now required. And then, a son was born who was named, Noah. He was a huge pattern breaker, rather than having children at 100 years old, or even 130, he went and has his three kids at 500. He was the one who obeyed the Lord beyond all reasonable limits (building an ark in the middle of a desert). The one who was righteous in the midst of evil. And the one who, in a sense, brought righteousness to the Earth by getting rid of the wicked (okay, granted, that was God… But Noah played a part in it for sure).
Are you perhaps starting to see a comparison between Noah and Christ? — There was born to man one who brought peace from the painful toil of man’s hands; brought relief from having to work. Christ was born by a women, and in fact, one of His Favorite titles for Himself was “son of Man”. And He is the one who brought relief to us from having to work for our salvation, by dying for us on the cross. By that one-act of love, he made us righteous by getting rid of our wickedness. Now granted, as we still live in (as Hebrews put it) an “earthly tent”. Therefore we have flesh for now; but upon death, we won’t any longer.
But now that we’ve explained the transquote, we must prove that it is a valid one. It has to line up both with a corresponding verse in the New Testament, and be contextually correct (the surrounding verses must support it).
New Testament confirmation:
8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:8-10)
Methuselah lived after he fathered Lamech 782 years and had other sons and daughters. Thus all the days of Methuselah were 969 years, and he died. (Genesis 5:26-27)
Lamech lived after he fathered Noah 595 years and had other sons and daughters. Thus all the days of Lamech were 777 years, and he died. After Noah was 500 years old, Noah fathered Shem, Ham, and Japheth. (Genesis 5:30-32)
As I believe I’m previously mentioned, man in general was growing older and dying sooner because they now had to work for their food. That’s something which is still true today, except we no longer have to work for our Spiritual food.
You are Loved!