New Beginnings (Genesis 4:16-26)

Sin has entered the world through Adam and Eve’s sin.  Curses have been meted out.  Adam and Eve have been banished from Eden.  The world’s first murder is in the books, and Cain has been judged, banished, and marked.  Everything is different, and not for the better.  Cain, though, began a new life in the land of Nod.

17 And Cain knew his wife, and she conceived and bore Enoch. And he built a city, rand called the name of the city after the name of his son—Enoch. 18 To Enoch was born Irad; and Irad begot Mehujael, and Mehujael begot Methushael, and Methushael begot Lamech.

Everything seems to be getting back to a normal existence until Lamech kills a young man!  It seems that the sins of the father carried down to his progeny.  How do our actions affect our children?  Perhaps it is much more important that we set a powerful example of godliness than we ever knew!  We must show the way with our walk, and not just with our talk.

On another note, Adam and Eve had another son and called him Seth, which means “appointed.”  Although Adam and Eve had sinned and been banished from Eden, they were stilled the father and mother of humanity, and God gave them another chance to populate the earth.  From Seth came Enosh, and then a simple, but powerful statement is made:  “Then men began to call on the name of the Lord(4:26).”  This statement seems a bit obscure, and begs for further explanation, but is just simply stated with no editorializing.

The moral of the story?  In tough times of sin and failure, disappointment and grief, men can call on the name of the Lord and be saved.  What are you facing today?  Call on the name of the Lord!

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