Genesis 4:17-24 – The way of Cain Through the Ages

17 And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch.18 And unto Enoch was born Irad: and Irad begat Mehujael: and Mehujael begat Methusael: and Methusael begat Lamech.  

 19 And Lamech took unto him two wives: the name of the one [was] Adah, and the name of the other Zillah.20 And Adah bare Jabal: he was the father of such as dwell in tents, and [of such as have] cattle.21 And his brother’s name [was] Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ.22 And Zillah, she also bare Tubalcain, an instructer of every artificer in brass and iron: and the sister of Tubalcain [was] Naamah.  

 23 And Lamech said unto his wives, Adah and Zillah, Hear my voice; ye wives of Lamech, hearken unto my speech: for I have slain a man to my wounding, and a young man to my hurt.24 If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, truly Lamech seventy and sevenfold.  

The civilization that grew out of Eden looked to Cain, who builds the first city and names it after his son “Enoch” which means “dedication”

This urban project was no doubt an attempt to counteract the curse from God.

Cain is the start of people who turn their backs on God.

1)      The social failure.

We see things get worse and worse. (23-24)

Gen 4:23  And Lamech said unto his wives, Adah and Zillah, Hear my voice; ye wives of Lamech, hearken unto my speech: for I have slain a man to my wounding, and a young man to my hurt.

Gen 4:24  If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, truly Lamech seventy and sevenfold.

Cain was glorified in this society.

2)     The moral failure

Sexual impurity and excess became the norm.

Gen 4:23  And Lamech said unto his wives, Adah and Zillah, Hear my voice; ye wives of Lamech, hearken unto my speech: for I have slain a man to my wounding, and a young man to my hurt.

Cain had gone his own way (Jude 11)

Jud 1:11  Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.

 

Prov 14:12  There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

Today man is still trying to leave the presence of God. He is still trying to go his own way.

We hide our faces from him .

Isa 53:3  He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

We love the darkness more than the light

John 1:1-13

Joh 3:19  And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

1Jo 3:11  For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.

1Jo 3:12  Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous.

We see this rejection of God even in the names of Cain’s offspring:

Enoch – Dedicated

Irad – Fugitive or Wild Ass

Methujael – Blot out that Yah is El (Blot out the name of God)

Methusael – Those who believe in God are dead

Lamech – Poor and lowly

So his family names could give us what might have been Cain’s motto:

A dedicated, fugitive, who will blot out the name of God, because those who believe in God are dead, poor and lowly

Now Abel is dead and it seems as though the Godly line is finished while the ungodly line seems to be flourishing.

In Marketing

Gen 4:20  And Adah bare Jabal: he was the father of such as dwell in tents, and of such as have cattle.

Tents and cattle

In music

Gen 4:21  And his brother’s name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ.

In material things

Gen 4:22  And Zillah, she also bare Tubalcain, an instructer of every artificer in brass and iron: and the sister of Tubalcain was Naamah.

This fellow developed metal working

Finally in marriage

Gen 4:23  And Lamech said unto his wives, Adah and Zillah, Hear my voice; ye wives of Lamech, hearken unto my speech: for I have slain a man to my wounding, and a young man to my hurt.

Gen 4:24  If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, truly Lamech seventy and sevenfold.

Satan is still working through these things

Music, so-called pornographic art, materialism, and finally in trying to break up the family.

We see it even now in certain people through the ages

Jude 1:3—13

3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort [you] that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.5 I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.  

 8 Likewise also these [filthy] dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities. 9 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.10 But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves.11 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.12 These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds [they are] without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;13 Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.

 

Those who followed the way of Cain:

Aleister Crowley was perhaps one of the first well-known and most notorious occultists of his day. He was self-styled as “The Beast 666, ” who  wrote a good number of occult textbooks, as well as headed many fraternities

He became a major influence in music as well as the occult circles.  This influence can still be seen today.

 According to legend, In 1918, Crowely began a series of magical workings with the intent of invoking certain “intelligences” to physical manifestation through a magical portal, or rip in the fabric of time and space.

This portal created a gateway through which extra-cosmic influences could enter the known universe, and most particularly, our earth-world.

According to occult lore, the Portal was further enlarged by one of Crowley’s followers.

A Jet Propulsion Laboratory founder and rocket fuel scientist named Jack Parsons, and Scientology and Dianetics founder L. Ron Hubbard in 1946.  This is also believed to have created a shift in human consciousness.

 

 Whether this is fact or fiction, some strange happenings can’t be ignored in the year 1947 following these occurances:

1.       The wave of strange possible UFO sightings that began with the Roswell crash.

2.      The Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered.

3.      Israel became a nation

4.      Aleister Crowley dies.

5.      Anton Lavey, another admirer of Crowely, becomes founder of the church of Satan on June 6, 1966.

6.      Since then, there has been a significant rise in interest of the paranormal, especially in the last few years. 

7.      Hubbard becomes founder of Scientology.

 

No matter if these are all just coincidence, or if these people just wanted to shock others, they lead scores away from Christ and into hellfire.  These verses in Jude describe each of these men fully:

Jude 1:4

 

 4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

 And judging by the next few verses, their dark lives will result in darkness after death:

8 Likewise also these [filthy] dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities. 9 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.10 But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves.11 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.12 These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds [they are] without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;13 Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.

 

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About Clint Rodgers

I am a father of 2 wonderful children and the husband of a beautiful woman who has taught me more about compassion for goofballs than I could have ever learned. I have know Jesus for many years but about 5 years ago I truly met Him and now I do my best to follow Him as I walk in this world
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