This chapter traces the family tree of Adam until the time of Noah. Besides that, it also is a clear reminder that what God warned Adam about in the garden of Eden will happen. Now that humanity has transgressed the prohibition of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, we share the same destiny. We die. It took Adam 930 years but he eventually succumbed to natural death (5). The others followed. At the end of each story, there is an inevitable “and he died” (5,8,11,14,17,20,27,31). The only exception appears to be Enoch, and we don’t really know what happened to him. He was not found. The point of this passage is that death is a constant, and it will be until our Lord returns to abolish it at the resurrection.
LORD, we tremble at the awareness of our own mortality. But we trust that you will make us alive again when Christ returns. Our destiny is in your hands.