The following is based on Genesis 6:1 – 10:32; Ezekiel 14:12-14; Luke 3:36-37 (Complete Jewish Bible and New International Version)
So far we’ve seen this much of Adam and Eve’s family tree:
Adam and Eve ==> Seth ==> Noah
And this is where we left off:
“The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time…. ‘I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created — and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground — for I regret that I have made them.’ But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.” (Genesis 6:6-8, NIV)
Remember that the Bible was not meant to be a world history. It is a historical record of what happened in one family line. And though Adam and Eve had many other sons and daughters after they were commanded to leave their perfect home in the Garden of Eden, the only “branch” on the family tree that is traced completely in the Bible is the lineage that runs from Seth to Jesus, son of Mary … Son of God.
You can read the Bible’s account of what happened the first time God decided to “delete” evil from the earth in Genesis 6:9 – 8:22. You can also read about that worldwide flood in the writings of other ancient cultures. Bottom line: Everything was destroyed — including all of humankind — except for Noah, the man who “found favor in the eyes of the Lord,” and his seven family members.
Thousands of years later, people would still be remembering Noah as a righteous man with a GOOD heart. He was a human who faithfully walked with God at a time when everyone else had rejected RELATIONSHIP with their Creator.
The prophet Ezekiel wrote: “The word of ADONAI came to me: ‘Human being, when a land sins against me by dealing treacherously with me, so that I stretch out my hand over it and break off its food supply, sending it famine and eliminating both its human and its animals; even if these three men were in it — Noach [Noah], Dani’el [Daniel] and Iyov [Job] — they would by their righteousness save only themselves,’ says Adonai ELOHIM [the Sovereign Lord].” (Ezekiel 14:12-14, CJB)
In other words, by the time Ezekiel’s generation had rolled around, EVIL had so saturated humankind once again that even if the three most righteous men in the family genealogy — NOAH, Daniel, and Job — had been alive at that time, only those three could have been saved as a result of their good behavior. THEY COULD NOT HAVE SAVED ANY ONE ELSE! Because a human cannot save the soul of another human. And only in rare cases — precisely THREE at that point in time — could an individual earn God’s grace by being GOOD.
But if you read what happened AFTER the global devastation, you’ll find that Noah was not perfect. He placed a curse on one of his grandsons that would last for generations — possibly even to this very day. But that’s another story.
What you need to know for now (and for the purpose of this study) is this: Jesus is a direct descendant of Noah’s son, Shem. Find it for yourself in Luke 3:35.