Monday 21 September, 2015

Genesis 4:17-26

17 Cain loved his wife and slept with her. She became pregnant and gave birth to Enoch. At that time Cain was building a city. He named it after his son Enoch. 18 Enoch had a son named Irad. Irad was the father of Mehujael. Mehujael was the father of Methushael. And Methushael was the father of Lamech. 19 Lamech married two women. One was named Adah, and the other was named Zillah. 20 Adah gave birth to Jabal. He was the father of people who live in tents and raise livestock. 21 His brother’s name was Jubal. He was the father of everyone who plays stringed instruments and wind instruments. 22 Zillah also had a son. His name was Tubal-Cain. He made all kinds of tools out of bronze and iron. Tubal-Cain’s sister was Naamah. 23 Lamech said to his wives, “Adah and Zillah, listen to me! You wives of Lamech, hear my words! I have killed a man because he wounded me. I have killed a young man because he hurt me. 24 Anyone who would have killed Cain would have been paid back seven times. But anyone who hurts me will be paid back 77 times.” 25 Adam slept with his wife again. She gave birth to a son and named him Seth. She said, “God has given me another child. He will take the place of Abel, because Cain killed him.” 26 Seth also had a son and named him Enosh. Then people began to call on the name of the Lord.

Epilogue: The Birth of Seth (4:25-26)

Adam had sexual relations with his wife again, and she gave birth to another son. She named him Seth, for she said, “God has granted me another son in place of Abel, whom Cain killed.” When Seth grew up, he had a son and named him Enosh. At that time people first began to worship the Lord by name.


Adam and Eve’s kids – include 3 that we know by name. Cain, Abel (murdered by Cain) and Seth. Cain (remembered for his violence) has descendants including Lamech. All we know about him is what is written here – but it is not good, particularly the boasting threat in v 23-24 “… I have killed a man who attacked me, a young man who wounded me. If someone who kills Cain is punished seven times, then the one who kills me will be punished seventy-seven times!” All puffed up with self importance and threatening violence there is no mention of the Lord.

In contrast, Seth’s son Enosh, Adam and Eve’s grandson is born and it is noted in v26 ” At that time people first began to worship the Lord by name.”

There is no other information to go on other than the evidence of their recorded actions, comments. But I know – that when I become me-focused, when self-importance drives self-preservation, then I am not walking close to the Lord – I am not calling on the name of the Lord.

Lord – help me heed the caution in these verses and like the people in Enosh’s time – may I call on Your name, The Name that saves, heals, sets free, forgives, restores, transforms.

Written by Ps. Linda Quinn

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  1. David Newton says:

    Interesting, verse (24). Jesus referenced it in Matthew 18:22. What a difference in attitude there is between Cain and Jesus. It is worth pausing and considering this may be a comparison of the attitudes that emanate from Heaven compared to the general attitudes found on Earth.

    Thanks Linda

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