Genesis 5:29, 30 and 31
Genesis 5:29 “Now he called his name Noah, saying, ‘This one shall give us rest from our work and from the toil of our hands arising from the ground which the Lord has cursed.’”
As noted in the Preface of this genealogy, the name ‘Lamech’ is the second in the line of Seth to warrant four Biblical verses rather than the typical three. Like Enoch, Lamech deserves special attention. Mind, we are not speaking of an individual here. From Adam through Seth is a description of unfolding states of consciousness toward reunion with Eden within, back to the original super-conscious state prior all reincarnations into physical forms.
This verse alone should be proof enough that the genealogy is not literal fact. “...us rest from our work and from the toil of our hands arising from the ground which the Lord has cursed” is not a message to the peoples of that time, or any time since. If the narrative were actual then “us” must be the populations of the world at the time of the alleged Noah. And if that were true then they all drown! So much for the “rest from our work and from the toil of our hands.”
However, from the allegorical and spiritual point of view “...rest from our work and toil of our hands...” is indeed the reality. This is hoped to be understood more clearly with verse 5:32.
Genesis 5:30 “Then Lamech lived five hundred and ninety-five years after he became the father of Noah, and he had other sons and daughters.”
Poor Noah, if these were actual people then Noah’s brothers and sisters were determined evil and drowned with all the others when the flood came. Sad. Otherwise, the Qabalistic message behind “sons and daughters” was explained under Genesis 5:7 with the birth of Enosh, Seth’s son, or branch.
Number 595 can be broken down to three multiples: (5x119), (7x85), and (17x35). Only one pair will be investigated, (7x85), leaving the other Qabalistic methods of exploring 595 to the ardent miner desirous of knowing more.
Repeating the paragraph from Genesis 5:28 above, number 7 at once points to the seventh sphere on the Tree, Netzach, Victory. This sphere represents the seat of the Desire Nature in Qabalistic psychology. The alchemical symbol for Sulfur (a ▲ atop a ┼), which sums to 7 (3+4) by occult geometry, is one of the Three Principles symbolizing Desire. The Hebrew word בדא, bada, meaning ‘to form, to concoct, to fashion, to produce,’ also sums to 7. And, of course, the seven major Metals of the alchemists, the chakras or seven centers of spiritual power, would not be overlooked.
Number 85 unveils one hint with יסודה, yesodah, the feminine form of the noun ‘basis, foundation’. This also brings us back to the ninth sphere Yesod, Foundation, the body of sub-consciousness in Qabalistic psychology. Visualization coupled with the methods for honing the seven force centers is paramount to fashioning a resilient Glass Vessel, the invisible human aura about the physical body. Also at 85 is אפד, epid, ‘to bind, to gird,’ with connotations of constancy and steadfastness. For to concoct such a Vessel calls for protracted steadfastness and determination incorporated as a way of life.
Genesis 5:31 “So all the days of Lamech were seven hundred and seventy-seven years, and he died.”
As with the previous verses concerning Lamech above, 777 may be broken down again to three multiples: (3x259), (7x111), and (21x37). Of these the second and third pair involving numbers 7, 111, 21, and 37 offer so many hints and directions with their gematria as to generate a book. Note, too, that 777 reduces to 21, and that 3x7=21.
So important are these numbers around 7 that a quotation from Paul Foster Case’s Tarot: A Key to the Wisdom of the Ages is warranted here. In Chapter Two of that text, under the number 7, can be found:
“To exhaust the meanings of 7 would take as many pages as an encyclopedia (sic). It is the great Biblical number, many books in both the Old and New Testaments being written on a plan of sevens – seven chapters, seven subdivisions, and so on. On this point, see the literary introductions in Moulton’s Modern Readers’ Bible. The more important occult meanings of 7 are:
Rest, safety, security, victory. To the ancients 7 represented temporary cessation, not final perfection, as some have thought. In Hebrew, the word for “seven” and that for “oath” are closely related,1 since the security and safety of a sworn compact were represented in Hebrew thought by 7.”
If you are an aspiring Literal Qabalist please be sure to investigate as best you can Genesis 5:31. If you have trouble please contact me at the email address at the bottom of the Home Page of this site. But please also show me some initial effort on your part.
In the next and final verse we finish Adam’s lineage when we come to Noah.
1 Seven, שבעה, shiv’ah, at 377; and Oath, שבועה, sh’vuah, at 383.