This is the book of the generations of Adam. When God created man, he made him in the likeness of God. Male and female he created them, and he blessed them and named them Man when they were created. When Adam had lived 130 years, he fathered a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth. (Genesis 5:1-3 ESV)
To Seth also a son was born, and he called his name Enosh. At that time people began to call upon the name of the LORD. (Genesis 4:26 ESV)
Well welcome to today’s rabbit trail! Don’t you just LOVE the Word of God. It is so full of mystery and purpose. God has concealed just enough to keep us looking and striving after His truth! He has woven His great plan together with such beauty that it is a wonder to behold as you search the scriptures! What joy this brings to me.
So today I read through Genesis chapters 3 and 4. There is plenty in those two chapters to keep me busy for many hours. However my eyes took hold of that last verse of chapter 4. At that time people began to call upon the name of the LORD. It just seems to be such an odd placement, out of the blue and such a small glimmer of hope in a corrupt and wicked world.
Ok, so God creates the world and everything in it, he creates a garden and a man and a woman. Then the man and woman are deceived and disobey God to the point that they are cursed and removed from the garden. Then they start having children. Two boys. The first kills the second and gets banished leaving them with no children. But God in His great mercy gives them another son (and more sons and daughters after this) whom they name Seth.
Now after doing some research into the meaning of names and commentaries on this passage, I find that Seth’s name is highlighting the fact that he has been settled or fixed. A son from whom the Messiah shall come and from whom God’s church shall come. It is just after the mention of the birth of Seth’s son that we see that people began to call upon the name of the LORD. And this is followed by the beginning of Chapter 5 that lists the generations of Adam traced all the way to Noah and his three sons at the very close of chapter 5. But the beginning of chapter 5 does not mention Cain and Abel. (There is an 8 generational listing of Cain’s descendants in chapter 4. In it you see that murder continued. You also will see a very close similarity to names used. Wow can that get confusing! Huh…bad seeming to be like good. Sounds a bit familiar.)
Anyway, it seems that there is a bit of a return to God or revival in Seth’s family after the birth of Enosh. But it was a small one or at least it didn’t spread widely. I added up the years between the generations between Enosh and Noah and came to 1321. Chapter 5 is the generations from Adam to Noah and chapter 6 details the widespread wickedness of mankind. So much so that only Noah and his sons and their wives are saved from God’s flooding wrath. It sure didn’t take mankind long to make a mess of things over and over again! But there has always been a remnant, even if it is only one man, who continues to walk with God.
Praise God that He is faithful to His promises to us even when we are a mess! Let us continue to call upon the name of the Lord. Let us continue to search the scriptures and see how faithful and powerful and even wrathful our God really is. God is love. He pours out His great mercy on us and grace that abounds. Open up His scriptures today and be encouraged! His plan continues to unfold and it is amazing. Don’t miss it! Press on.