Thursday, August 04, 2016

Line of Cain

19 Then Lamech took for himself two wives: the name of one was Adah, and the name of the second was Zillah. 20 And Adah bore Jabal. He was the father of those who dwell in tents and have livestock. 21 His brother’s name was Jubal. He was the father of all those who play the harp and flute. 22 And as for Zillah, she also bore Tubal-Cain, an instructor of every craftsman in bronze and iron. And the sister of Tubal-Cain was Naamah.
23 Then Lamech said to his wives:
“Adah and Zillah, hear my voice;
Wives of Lamech, listen to my speech!
For I have killed a man for wounding me,
Even a young man for hurting me.
24 If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold,
Then Lamech seventy-sevenfold.”
Genesis 4:19-24, NKJV

Line of Cain

Verses 19 through 24 of Genesis 4 continue the narrative with general information about the line of Cain. We see that God granted to the people a variety of abilities and interests which determined the direction of their lives.

Jabal was the father of those who dwell in tents and have livestock. Jubal was the father of those who play the harp and flute. Tubal-Cain was an instructor of craftsman in bronze and iron. Note that whether these were followers of the Lord or not, God blessed them with abilities which helped in the advancement of man upon the earth. Even in our day, we note the various abilities God grants to all people. We should remember that all of our abilities are gifts from God. One should not take undue pride in one's gifts, for they are exactly that: gifts from God.

Verses 23 and 24 are a sad commentary on the true heart of a man. Like his ancestor, Cain, generations before him, Lamech committed murder. Even though Cain's entire life was marked with ignominy by God, Lamech foolishly declares that he is unafraid of the threat of revenge, making a taunting remark about God (Whom he does not serve or fear) avenging him seventy-sevenfold.

So we see the true heart of man at it continues in pride and arrogance, not considering or needing God to rule over them. Such is the usual course of those alive in our day who see no need of God. Yet God, in His great mercy and grace, still continues to save a people for Himself. Left to ourselves, we would all follow in the footsteps of Cain and Lamech. Though we might not actually commit murder, we would certainly see no need of a God to rule over us.

Let us then, as children of God, thank God daily for the grace and mercy He grants to His children. Here we are in this, the 21st century, living thousands of years after Lamech and his wives walked upon this earth. Yet we see that God is still faithfully preserving a remnant of people who will follow Him. Why? We are not saved because of our own merit or exceptional understanding, but only due to the wondrous grace of God. Though nothing in us grants us any merit before a righteous and holy God, yet He has saved us for His own glory.

This day, may we faithfully live before God in a manner pleasing to Him. Let us cry out to the Lord Jesus Christ to lead and guide us, and may we faithfully tell others of the amazing grace of God. May we encourage them to cry out to Christ for salvation. Now is the acceptable time--now is the day of grace.

God Bless You,

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