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Lesson # Genesis 4:25-26
Study Material - Genesis 4:25-26
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25 And Adam had relations with his wife again; and she gave birth to a son, and named him Seth, for, she said, 'God has appointed me another offspring in place of Abel; for Cain killed him.' 26 And to Seth, to him also a son was born; and he called his name Enosh. Then men began to call upon the name of the LORD.
Here Adam is mentioned for the first time by name in this chapter. Earlier he is referred to as the 'man', which was rather an impersonal reference. But now as we will see in the next chapter, Adam is 130 years old when he had Seth.
But here Seth is mentioned as a conclusion of the story of Cain and his descendants. Adam and Eve lost their two sons early on in life. No doubt they may have blamed themselves for the events that occurred between Cain and Abel. After all it was they who committed this first sin in the garden which unleashed the human history we have become a part of.
But they seemed to have recovered, if they even suffered at all. And God blessed them with another son who is not mentioned here as being the third actual son, but was another son who was positive toward God and became the second listed name in the genealogy of Christ.
And Seth had a son named Enosh. Seth was 105 years old when Enosh was born, and with some quick math we can determine that this was 235 years into history. Adam had already had sons and daughters. Cain had a wife and he certainly had sons and daughters.
'Then men began to call on the name of the Lord', this reference to men is plural and refers to many people. In this third generation men began to revive their interest in God. This implies that there was somewhat of a negative attitude toward God during this first couple of centuries. This also indicates that people lived a rather long time and that God was certainly patient with mankind. God did not simply obliterate man because man was not passionate for doctrine. Adam had a legacy to give his offspring, a legacy of faith and that was carried by Seth and then Enosh, but over a long period of time.
Where there is even but a few faithful, God will spare the many. Even Cain and his descendants enjoyed their freedom to reject God until God finally drew the line after about 16 centuries. No one can say that they did not have an opportunity to get their lives straightened out.
Seth means 'settled, set in place', while Enosh means frail. What Satan or sin through the actions of man seek to remove from God, God can in turn replace them many times over. No one can terminate the plan of God or even interfere with His plan. Seth replaced the line of Abel. Though Abel was in the lone of faith and was removed by the actions of Cain, Seth was raised up to settle the issue, to put in place the line that would secure the line to Christ.
Enosh was a reminder that man is but a frail creature. Despite the arrogance that was displayed by the line of Cain, man is not in charge of his own destiny. Man cannot control the forces of nature. Man cannot make plants grow, despite our modern agriculture methods. If God were to but speak, then all plant life could die immediately and we could not prevent it. Remember that plant life existed prior to the sun. God furnished the light, not the sun. Our sun is only a temporary light for the sustaining of life in this world.
Cain led the rebellious cause and led the building of a city for those who rejected God, looking to their own resources for life. Cain was a overt person, rather intimidating and violent in his nature. This tendency continues through to the days of Noah as we will see in chapter 6.
But with the birth of Enosh, the frail and oppressed began to revive in their courage and in their attitude toward God. This 'call' was a public call, not just a hidden worshipping for fear of reprisals by those who were negative toward God and those who followed Him. But a call, out in the open with courage not fear.
So we have now the development of the two sides in history. Those who would seek God in a positive fashion and those who would reject God totally. Later on we will se a third category and that will be those who believe in God but subsequently fade in their attitude and become negative. Saved but imitating the actions of unbelievers. Man was not his own maker therefore he cannot be his own master.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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