Calling on the Lord (Genesis #16)

Calling on the Lord

Text: Genesis 4:19-26

Success by any worldly standard, but without salvation

  • At the beginning here in Genesis you’re covering a lot of ground, thousands of years in just a few chapters. This means that whatever is included is VERY important to note. The last phrase in Genesis 4:26 – call upon the name of the Lord – will show up a few more times in the Bible. Each time it is the means of salvation of souls.
  • Lamech is the one the Lord picks out to define the state of things for a thousand years.
    • Lamech dishonors marriage
    • Lamech kills a man and boasts about it
    • Lamech says his sin is more noble than his great great great great grandfather Cain’s sin
    • Cultural advancements in the line of Cain and progress without God
  • The contrast will be that everything Cain’s lineage produces, all the culture and technology without God, will be wiped out in the flood. Noah will come from Seth’s line.
  • And that also means that everyone in Seth’s lineage dies too except Noah and his family.

God’s requirement for salvation of a soul

  • By the time of Seth’s birth Adam and Eve are probably broken but have come to accept sin having witnessed human history without sin and then living in sin.
  • David on his deathbed says in Psalms 116:1-4, 13, 17 that he’s called on the Lord and the Lord has heard him.
  • Zephaniah 3:8-13 and applied by Paul in Romans 10:13

A preacher of salvation

  • Enos apparently means weak, incurable, frail, and sickly. It certainly describes how a soul must see itself before it calls on the name of the Lord.
  • Peter preaches it in Acts 2:21 applying Joel 2:28-32
  • Jesus said in John 5:38-40
  • The point is there is a man associated with people calling on the name of the Lord!