Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Genesis 4:17-24 Boring Genealogies? Part One

And Cain knew his wife, and she conceived and bore Enoch. And he built a city, and called the name of the city after the name of his son, Enoch. And Irad was born to Enoch. And Irad fathered Mehujael. And Mehujael fathered Methusael. And Methusael fathered Lamech. And Lamech took two wives to himself. The name of the first one was Adah, and the name of the other was Zillah. And Adah bore Jabal; he was the father of those who dwell in tents, and with cattle. And his brother's name was Jubal; he was the father of all those playing the harp and the organ. And Zillah also bore Tubalcain, the hammerer of every engraving tool of bronze and iron. And the sister of Tubalcain was Naamah. And Lamech said to his wives, Adah and Zillah, Hear my voice, wives of Lamech, listen to my speech. For I have killed a man because of my wound, and a young man because of my hurt. For Cain is avenged seven times, and Lamech seventy-seven times.

How many times have you come to a genealogy and got glossy-eyed from boredom? This one isn't bad. How about when you got into the book of Numbers? I used to think, "What a snoozer." However, ever since a great bible teacher, by the name of Chuck Missler, taught me how to allow the Holy Spirit to guide me through the scriptures, it's been a different story. It the case of genealogies, we need to find out what is the root meaning of every name and lo and behold, a supernatural message to those who are willing to diligently search out G-d. The first message says exactly that. Let's look at the names and their meanings of the first genealogy, the genealogy of Cain.

quickly, mourn as a woman. get over your sorrow quickly.
initiate, discipline, train, teach
fugitive, sequester, something that is hidden, hidden things
those smitten of G-d, in love with G-d, sold out to G-d
man who is of G-d
ornament, adorn
shade, covering, defense
stream, to bring with pomp, rejoice
stream, to bring with pomp, rejoice
offspring of Cain

Putting it all together, we get the following message:

Get over your sorrow quickly and teach the hidden things of those who are in love with and belong to G-d. That is, the despairing shall have a covering or mark that should be displayed with great joy. Rejoice descendants of Cain, be at peace.

Wow. Here, we are told not to wallow in our sin, but to reveal to others that we have a covering, which was supplied to us by the blood of Yeshua. We are not only to reveal but to eagerly share G-ds salvation plan (his covering for us) with others.

In Proverbs 25:2, it is written:

[It is] the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings [is] to search out a matter.

In Revelation 1:6, we are told:

And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him [be] glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

These two verses tell us that we are kings and G-d has hidden things for our pleasure. We have a responsibility and honour to seek them out and share them.

If this isn't enough to blow you away, check out tomorrows entry because it continues with Adam to Noah genealogy and another message.

We have an amazing G-d or is it just coincidence? :-)



  1. Absolutely beautiful. It appears to me as a Spiritual prelude to the second part of the final verse in Genesis ch. 4 :-
    'And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the Lord.'

    1. Thanks Brenda. I agree!!! It is amazing what God will reveal to you, if you open yourself up to him. That's my hope for all get away from a single dimensional view of the Scriptures.