The Life and Death of Adam
Sketches of Sermons
Genesis 5:5
And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died.

I. THE SUBJECT OF THIS BRIEF NARRATION. Adam, the first of men. Here it may be profitable to notice him most attentively.

1. As a compound being, formed of different component parts.

(1)  Composed of matter, or earth, as to his body.

(2)  Composed of pure spirit, called "The Breath of Life," as to his soul.

2. As to the common head of mankind; both our natural and moral head.

(1)  He is our natural head, or common parent; for Adam must have been the father, as Eve was the mother, of all living (Genesis 3:20). This renders the blood of all mankind the same (Acts 17:26); and our interests the same; for all mankind are brethren. Being thus united, we should live in unity (Psalm 133:1).

(2)  He was our moral head, or representative. He acted for us, and his conduct affected the state of all his posterity.

3. As the chief of sinners.

4. As a subject of God's redeeming mercy.

5. As a figure or type of Christ.

II. HIS LIFE. He lived nine hundred and thirty years. His life may be considered —

1. In its origin. Divine (Luke 3:38).

2. In its progress, as singularly diversified.

3. In its duration, as graciously protracted. From the protracted life of Adam learn the great end for which our lives are continued; that we may glorify God by getting and doing good.

III. HIS DEATH; HE DIED. His death may be considered —

1. As a dissolution of first principles. He died; he was not annihilated, but merely dissolved. His body returned to dust, his soul to God (Ecclesiastes 12:7).

2. As the fruit of sin.

3. As a release from the vanity and evils of this world.

4. As a certain indication of our own.

(Sketches of Sermons.)

Parallel Verses
KJV: And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died.

WEB: All the days that Adam lived were nine hundred thirty years, then he died.

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