Summary: 1 of ? Genesis records the transmission of a legacy of righteousness. We must transmit a legacy of righteousness to our progeny. But how can it be done? A device for transmitting a legacy of righteousness is my..
TRANSMITTING A LEGACY Of RIGHTEOUSNESS—Genesis 4:25—5:5(32)
In the 1800’s it was discovered that a voice message could be sent over a series of electric wires to a distant location within a matter of minutes. The telephone’ would eventually supersede sending physical ‘letters’ by mail carrier on horseback, rail or boat.
An electrical telegraph device was developed & patented in the United States in 1837 by Samuel Morse.
1838—In Britain, William Cooke & Charles Wheatstone produced the first commercial telegraph in the world.
1876—Scottish emigrant Alexander Graham Bell was the first to be granted a US patent for a device that produced clearly intelligible replication of the human voice—an “apparatus for transmitting vocal or other sounds telegraphically.”
The first commercial US telephone exchange opened in New Haven, Connecticut in January 1878.
1915—With the invention of radio communication, the First U.S. coast-to-coast telephone call, from New York City to San Francisco took place.
1946—Motorola & Bell operated the first commercial VHS radio-based mobile telephone service in the US.
1980s—Due to improvements in radio microwave efficiency, Cellular telephones began as car or location-based system. “Satchel” units were offered that provided a “portable”(but impractical) option.
1973—The first fully mobile cellular phone call took place in NY City.
1983—Thus Motorola introduced the “DynaTAC,” a 2-pound hand-held unit that was about the size of a brick, & could be carried in a briefcase.
These inventors were concerned with transmitting their ‘thoughts’ to others.
As with the inventors, so with God’s people...they are concerned with Passing/Transmitting their Legacy of Repentance & Righteousness which they’ve received from God to others...particularly to their own progeny!
In the recent past we have discovered...
WHEN SIN ENTERED In—Genesis 3:1-24
The TRAGEDY Of UNREPENTANCE—Genesis 4:1-15
The LEGACY Of UNREPENTANCE—Genesis 4:16-24
Today we will begin looking at the obverse(other side) of these as...
Genesis records the transmission of a legacy of righteousness.
We must transmit a legacy of righteousness to our progeny.
How are we to transmit a legacy of righteousness to our progeny?
4 devices for transmitting a legacy of righteousness to our progeny.
1—A device for transmitting a legacy of righteousness is my...
To whom do you depend/call/rely on in time of crisis/trouble?
4:26—“And as for Seth, to him also a son was born; & he named him Enosh. Then men began to call on the name of the LORD.”
With Enosh’s birth, others now begin to call upon “the name” of YaHWeH. This is no mere occasional mention of YaHWeH’s name as in Cain’s lineage—[Note—1)Mehujael = “smitten by God” & 2)Methusael = “who is of God.”].
The word translated “began” signifies a boring or prying initiative. Thus this line’s “call” is an authentic seeking after YaHWeH’s will.
Thru the Sethites YaHWeH has produced a viable transferable witness.
This assumes that Cain’s line did not call on the name of YaHWeH. They did not see fit to profess the personal God, whom Cain had rejected.
This is a telling & pivotal statement & one which definitively sets apart &/or reveals the polarity between the lineages of Cain over against that of his brother Seth.
There is indeed hope for mankind in Seth/Enosh et al, as his legacy produces “comfort”/“rest” for mankind thru a man by the name of Noah(5:29; Chapts. 6-9).
“Enosh”—vwna 'Enowsh—Enos = "man." Strong—properly, A mortal(& thus differing from the more dignified Mda aw-dawm'); hence, A man in general(singly or collectively).
“Began”—llx khaw-lal'—1) To profane, defile, pollute, desecrate, begin. Strong—a primitive root; properly, To bore, i.e. (by implication) To wound, to dissolve; figuratively, To profane (a person, place or thing), To break (one's word), To begin (as if by an "opening wedge"); denom. To play (the flute).
“Call”—arq kaw-raw'—1) To call, call out, recite, read, cry out, proclaim. Strong—a primitive root [rather identical with arq through the idea of accosting a person met]; To call out to (i.e. properly, Address by name, but used in a wide variety of applications).
“Name”—Mv shem—1) Name—1a) Name, 1b) Reputation, fame, glory, 1c) the Name (as designation of God), 1d) Memorial, monument. Strong—An appellation, as a mark or memorial of individuality; by implication Honor, authority, character.
Ps. 46:1-3—“[A Psalm of the sons of Korah] God is our refuge & strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though its waters roar & be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah”
Ps. 60:11-12—[Of David]“Give us help from trouble, For the help of man is useless. Through God we will do valiantly, For it is He who shall tread down our enemies.”
Jn. 5:2-18—“Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool & stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had. Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, & knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed & walk.” And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, & walked. And that day was the Sabbath. The Jews therefore said to him who was cured, “It is the Sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your bed.” He answered them, “He who made me well said to me, ‘Take up your bed & walk.’” Then they asked him, “Who is the Man who said to you, ‘Take up your bed & walk’?” But the one who was healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, a multitude being in that place. Afterward Jesus found him in the temple, & said to him, “See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you.” The man departed & told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well. For this reason the Jews persecuted Jesus, & sought to kill Him, because He had done these things on the Sabbath. But Jesus answered them, “My Father has been working until now, & I have been working.” Therefore the Jews sought all the more to kill Him, because He not only broke the Sabbath, but also said that God was His Father, making Himself equal with God.”