October 1, 2022
“Adam knew his wife intimately again, and she gave birth to a son and named him Seth, for she said, ‘God has given me another child in place of Abel, since Cain killed him.’”
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“Adam knew his wife intimately again, and she gave birth to a son and named him Seth, for she said, ‘God has given me another child in place of Abel, since Cain killed him.’ A son was born to Seth also and he named him Enosh. At that time, people began to call on the name of the Lord.” Genesis 4:25-26
Many, especially those in Eastern religions, believe the World must be held in a BALANCE of Good & Evil. The World is not designed for such balance. It runs most efficiently on Goodness alone. We see this scenario displayed in the latter chapters of the Revelation, where all evil is expelled, and sin is nowhere to be found. Yes, for a season, there are Evil and evil men, but God’s desire is for ALL to come to repentance.
“The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some people understand slowness, but is being patient with you. He does not want anyone to perish, but wants everyone to repent.” 2 Peter 3:9
So, is there balance in the World today? Is “Good” held in check by an “Evil” counterweight? No. There is only the perception of balance because God’s Spirit restrains humanity from becoming completely evil. This restraint is only for a season and expressly to call men unto repentance & submission to God. John 16:8-11
Perhaps, Eve believed that Cain & Abel provided that balance of Good and Evil. The Bible doesn’t say. After Cain’s murder, she named her next son Seth. (Hebrew: Placed; appointed) Seth may have been a wonderful guy, but humans will never provide a moral balance because, at our core, we are ALL sinners. There will never be enough “Mother Theresa’s” to offset the “Hitlers.”
Furthermore, while we all wish to bestow names to our children that pronounce a blessing for their future, our fates are not determined beforehand. We each must choose to receive God’s grace. This means of salvation through faith was God’s design, not mankind’s.
“Yet to all who RECEIVED Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God - children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.” John 1:12-13.
Seth’s son, “Enosh” in Hebrew, can be translated as “mortal man” or “sick.” In one of the most misunderstood statements of the Bible, Enoch’s birth is considered by many theologians to have brought about revival as a balance to Cain’s sinful family traditions. The word interpreted as “BEGAN to call on the name of the Lord” in Hebrew is “huchal.” This word is also interpreted as the homonym “PROFANED.” Looking at the degradation of society leading up to Noah, it could be that Enosh may not have brought about such an expected revival. Instead, men began to PROFANE God’s name through idolatry. Perhaps, this was part of God’s reasoning for the first three Commandments.
Salvation comes not from a balance of good men but exclusively from the righteousness of the “God-man,” Messiah Jesus.