God is Kind & Merciful

Genesis 4:25-26

25 And Adam knew his wife again, and she gave birth to a son, and she called his name Seth[1], (saying,) “Because God appointed one seed for me after Abel, because Cain killed him.” 26 And to Seth… he also was father to a son, and he called his name Enosh[2].  At that time[3] (people) began[4] to call on the name of (The Lord) Yahweh.

Application

God is kind and merciful.  He gave Eve another son after the murder of Abel by his brother Cain.  She called him Seth, which means “put,” or “set” or “appointed,” because Eve’s understanding was that The Lord Yahweh had appointed Seth to take Abel’s place.

Whenever one godly man falls, God will always appoint another to fill the role.  God’s plan is above an individual, and not dependent upon all going well from the world’s (or even the Christian) perspective.  God is still in control.

The name of Eve’s third son was Seth, and he also had a son, whom he called Enosh, which means “man.”  Interestingly, it was at that time when people began to call on the name of Yahweh.

There’s no detail as to why people might have begun to call on the name of Yahweh… but perhaps, with people like Cain and Lamech around, things didn’t feel so secure.  Whatever the case, it doesn’t take a genius to know that God wants me to call on His name and to rely on Him.

Prayer

Father, I call out to You, in the name of Jesus, and I come boldly before Your throne on the basis of His precious blood freely given for me at Calvary.   I call on You, because without You I realize I’m lost and worthless.  I call on You, because, with You living in me, I have Your mind, Your Spirit, and Your vision.  Please let me understand the reality of Your presence as I offer my whole elf freely to You.

In Jesus’ name.  Amen.


[1] שֵׁת – sheth – Strongs 8351 – (n . m proper) – “Seth, name of a person, son of Adam and Eve… Genesis 4:25 = “put/appointed/set’”

[2] אֱנושׁ – ʾenowsh– Strongs 583 – “Enosh, nme of a person – son of Seth, grandson of Adam = man/mortal man/mankind/person/humankind/human/ordinary/usual/common’”

[3] אָז – ʾaz – Strongs 227 – (adverb) – “then/therfore/at that time/meanwhile/if … then/earlier/in that case/that (being so)

[4] חָלַל, חָלַל, חָלַל – chalal – Strongs 2490 – (v) – “begin/begin to use its fruit/profane/defile/pollute/violate/desecrate/profane oneself/defile oneself/violate/treat as common/bore through/pierce/be slain/to wound/be wounded/fatally wounded/play the flute of the pipe”