Genesis 4:25-26: The great divide.

“25 Adam made love to 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.  At that time people began to call on the name of the Lord.” NIV

In this fourth chapter we have started to see clearly the great dividing line that runs through humanity. On one side of it there is believing Abel; on the other side you have ungodly Cain. Cain was not an unbeliever in the sense that he did not believe in God. Clearly, he did. But he was not a man of faith. He was in rebellion against God. This line continues through the the world today. We are all on one side or the other. On which side are you?

‘Throughout the book of Genesis, great emphasis is placed on offspring, especially on the offspring which will result in the founding of Israel and, ultimately, in the birth of the Messiah, Christ (see Genesis 3:14-15…) From among the offspring, it is God who chooses which one will carry on the family line leading to Christ. Adam and Eve’s third son, Seth, was the chosen. As Seth’s descendants increased in number, they began to call on the name of the LORD (verse 26) – that is, to depend on the Lord, to believe in Him. This was in contrast to the descendants of Cain, who showed no such dependence or faith. Yet Cain’s descendants developed many useful skills (verses 20-22), which contributed to the beginnings of modern civilization. Today we pride ourselves on such skills – modern technology, gleaming skyscrapers, the exploration of space. Yet if we turn from God, all our accomplishments will in the end come to nothing, just as Cain’s city and all of his descendants came to nothing in the Flood (Genesis 7:17-23). The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever (1 John 2:17).’ Tom Hale: ‘Applied Old Testament, p.140.

We may do many wonderful things, employing the remarkable gifts God endows us with, but we have to ask, ‘What is the profit, to gain the whole world, and lose one’s soul in the process?’ Many, obviously living on the wrong side of the great divide, have done that; and others, right now, are in the process of doing it.

May God have mercy.