Friday, August 05, 2016

A Godly Seed

25 And Adam knew his wife again, and she bore a son and named him Seth, “For God has appointed another seed for me instead of Abel, whom Cain killed.” 26 And as for Seth, to him also a son was born; and he named him Enosh. Then men began to call on the name of the Lord.
Genesis 4:25-26, NKJV

A Godly Seed

Genesis 4 ends with these glorious verses of hope. Adam and Eve had another son whom they named Seth. Eve declared, "For God has appointed another seed for me instead of Abel, whom Cain killed."
Eve understood the significance of the birth of this child. Abel, a follower of the Lord who was killed by his brother before he could have children of his own, was replaced by God with Seth. Seth also had a son named Enosh. The Bible then states, "Then men began to call on the name of the Lord."

We realize from the number of people living by this time that God did not purpose to list each and every person born. Seth was included in God's list of people in Genesis as the representative head of those who would follow the Lord. 

Satan had a plan, and from his perspective, that plan was going very well. He managed to have the godly son killed before he could produce any children, and those still alive were too busy living life to take much notice of God.

Yet God was not overruled by the attempts of Satan to destroy the godly seed. Through the birth of Seth and the children after him, a godly line was again created. We note that even in the early days of this world, the godly and ungodly did not mix well. There is almost nothing that will cause a division in families more than a difference in beliefs about God. 

Even in our day, we see this tendency continue. There is a natural ambivalence in mankind toward God. Therefore, those who become believers are suddenly the new enemy. The ungodly are not content to simply live side-by-side with believers and agree to disagree. They would be more content if the godly could simply be wiped off the face of the earth.

We must remember, as believers, that Jesus said it would be this way. He called us to remember that it is not us they hate--it is God. Because we represent God, we are hated as well. For God's eternal purposes it is pleasing for Him that we live in this world which is often antagonistic toward us. Yet, we are to continue to point unbelievers to Christ.

Belief or non-belief in God does not make God any less true. The reality is that God does exist whether people believe in Him or not. And, God is still in the business of bringing more people into His kingdom. Because we cannot see into the hearts of people, we do not know who are those who will come to Him. So, our duty is to present Christ to all we meet.

It is God who will bring His children to a full knowledge and acceptance of Him. Thus we understand the true power of prayer. If God is the One who saves, then He is the One we should continually go to in prayer for others. For what we cannot do, God does. God can and does change the hearts of men, women, and children to come to Him.

Let us go this day with the help of the Lord Jesus Christ. May we present His grace, His joy, and His peace to all those we meet today.

What an amazing God we serve. He is still saving a people for Himself!

God Bless You,
Linda

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