Summary: 3 of 4. Cain’s legacy was a spiritually derelict/deficient progeny. Personal unrepentance leaves a legacy of spiritually dereliction/deficiency. What does such a legacy provide? Spiritually deficient populations seek...

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Likewise we will leave a legacy to our families. But what of any value will they receive?


Previously we had looked at Cain’s willful disdain of God’s direction for his life, & discovered the ‘Tragedy of Unrepentance’(4:1-15).

Today we are going to examine the descendants of Cain & the resulting transfer of belief.

“the genealogy[:16-24] shows how sin disqualified Cain’s line as the people of blessing”..... God blesses the line of Cain. But notice, He blesses them in a temporal way. That is, only connected to time. Only in the physical were they blessed; not in the sense of the spiritual, or that which is eternal.”—John MacArthur

“Secular culture is a provision from God for man’s life. It is a common grace.”.....“And that contributes to communication, it contributes to culture, it contributes to society.”—John MacArthur

Cain’s legacy was a spiritually derelict/deficient progeny.

Personal unrepentance leaves a legacy of spiritually dereliction/deficiency.

What can a spiritually deficient legacy provide?

8 desires/determinations of a spiritually deficient/derelict population.

Last time we discovered that

Spiritually deficient populations seek some of the same things Christians seek...

1. SEPARATION/Segregation(:16)

2. STABILITY/Family(:17-18)


4—Spiritually deficient populations seek...


Explanation: (:20)Ingenuity

:20—“And Adah bore Jabal. He was the father of those who dwell in tents & have livestock.”

Thru Lamech’s wife, Adah, Jabal & Jubal were born.

Jabal’s birth is significant in that his descendants were itinerant livestock keepers. A lifestyle which relied upon erecting & dismantling “tents” wherein their families traveled nomadically. This evidently was a new innovation for Cain’s descendants. Keeping livestock was Abel’s trademark occupation(Gen. 4:2).

Mankind is learning to express himself early on, within the first few hundred years(?) of his existence. Since Jabal is the “father” of nomadic animal husbandry, he obviously left this legacy to his immediate family as well as to any others who would observe. This innovation would have helped mankind to travel deeper into various types of previously impenetrable terrain & allow the land to repair istelf without man’s intervention or work.

“Jabal”—lby yaw-bawl’—Jabal = "stream of water"

From—lby yaw-bawl’—1)A stream, watercourse.

“Father”(See :21)—ba awb—1) Father of an individual; 2) Of God as father of his people; 3) Head or founder of a household, group, family, or clan; 4) Ancestor; 5) Originator or patron of a class, profession, or art; 6) Of producer, generator (fig.); 7) Of benevolence & protection (fig.); 8) Term of respect & honor; 9) Ruler or chief (spec.). Strong—a primitive word; Father, in a literal & immediate, or figurative & remote application).

“Dwell/Live”—bvy yaw-shab’—1) To dwell, remain, sit, abide. Strong—a primitive root; properly, To sit down (specifically as judge, in ambush, in quiet); by implication, To dwell, to remain; causatively, To settle, to marry.

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