Sensing a Need for God-Genesis 4:19-5:1

Genesis 4:19-5:1 “Lamech married two women, one named Adah and the other Zillah. 20 Adah gave birth to Jabal; he was the father of those who live in tents and raise livestock. 21 His brother’s name was Jubal; he was the father of all who play the harp and flute. 22 Zillah also had a son, Tubal-Cain, who forged 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; wives of Lamech, hear my words. I have killed a man for wounding me, a young man for injuring me. 24 If Cain is avenged seven times, then Lamech seventy-seven times.” 25 Adam lay with his wife again, and she gave birth to a son and named him Seth, saying, “God has granted me another child in place of Abel, since Cain killed him.” 26 Seth also had a son, and he named him Enosh. 5:1 At that time men began to call on the name of the Lord.”
Genesi 4:19-5:1 “Lamec prese due mogli: il nome dell’una era Ada e il nome dell’altra Zilla. 20 Ada partorì Iabal, che fu il padre di quelli che abitano sotto le tende presso le greggi. 21 Il nome di suo fratello era Iubal, che fu il padre di tutti quelli che suonano la cetra e il flauto. 22 Zilla a sua volta partorì Tubal-Cain, l’artefice d’ogni sorta di strumenti di bronzo e di ferro; e la sorella di Tubal-Cain fu Naama.23 Lamec disse alle sue mogli: «Ada e Zilla, ascoltate la mia voce; mogli di Lamec, porgete orecchio al mio dire! Sì, io ho ucciso un uomo perché mi ha ferito, e un giovane perché mi ha contuso. 24 Se Caino sarà vendicato sette volte, Lamec lo sarà settantasette volte». 25 Adamo conobbe ancora sua moglie ed ella partorì un figlio che chiamò Set, perché, ella disse: «Dio mi ha dato un altro figlio al posto di Abele, che Caino ha ucciso».
26Anche a Set nacque un figlio, che chiamò Enos.  Allora si cominciò a invocare il nome del Signore. 5:1 Questo è il libro della genealogia di Adamo. Nel giorno che Dio creò l’uomo, lo fece a somiglianza di Dio;”
 
     The storyline of the two sons of Adam and Eve are contrasted in this section. Lamech is the seventh son from Adam through Cain. Lamech altered God’s plan and married two women. Although it seemed like he had a prosperous life, the sin of murder surfaces once again. He justifies his actions as self-defense but also boasts that he has immunity citing that God’s protection of Cain would apply to him seven times over against any retribution. In other words, he is basically not worried about it.
     Now consider Seth, the third son of Adam and Eve. It is the descendants of Seth who paint a completely opposite atmosphere. Enosh was the grandson of Adam and his generation sensed a need for God. When all evidence points to a downward spiral, God stirs the hearts of people who see the decay and want answers from God. The original language implies that they began to proclaim the name of the Lord.
     Sometimes we look at the continual decay of this world by ungodly, boastful men and women and forget that God has always had a people who have carried on the name of the Lord. The descendants of both Cain and Seth demonstrate one line that led to further depravity while the other led to possibly the first preacher. Your stand for God, even when you feel like you might be alone, makes a difference.
Pray with me:  Lord, I see how You have not given up on humanity’s constant rebellion to You. Help me to remember that You will always have a people who want more of You.


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