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Names, Names, Names September 15, 2010

Posted by Michelle Knoll in Devotionals.
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Well, Adam and Eve had a third son, to take the place of Abel who was murdered by Cain.  This third son was named Seth.  So even though Abel was dead, and Cain was gone, there was still a son to carry on the family.

(Oh… just so you’ll know… Cain had kids too!  Isn’t it nice to know that God not only protected Cain from being killed, but also allowed him to find a wife and have children, and grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren, and even more beyond that!  Isn’t God’s Love wonderful?  He’s gives us more than we can ask Him for, don’t you think? None of us are deserving of His blessing, and yet… He blesses us anyway.)

So why does the storyteller in the Bible take the time to tell us all about the descendants of Adam and Eve?  Why did God feel this information was important, not only to remember but also to pass on to future generations?

Because names are important.

There is deep significance to each name in the ten generations of Adam, and when they are listed together, they tell their own story.

Here are the names of the generations of Adam’s family, through his third son Seth:

Adam

Seth

Enos

Cainan

Mahalalel

Jared

Enoch

Methuselah

Lamech

Noah

Now, here are the meanings of those names, in order:

“humanity, humankind”
“placed, put, granted”
“feeble, frail, mortality”
“a fixed dwelling place”
“praise of God”
“a descent, go down”
“to initiate or discipline, dedicate, train up”
“man of a dart”
“a blow, by implication, a wound; figuratively, carnage, also beaten, slaughter, smote, stripe, stroke, wound, wounded”
“rest, bring rest, quite peace”

And these meanings can be written as the following message:

Mankind
Is appointed to
A feeble, frail mortality
In a fixed dwelling place.
God Who is praised
Comes down
To instruct
As a man sent forth
To be beaten, smitten, and tortured
Bringing rest, a quiet peace

Another reference has translated the names to say the following:

“Man is appointed mortal, frail, and unto sorrow. The Blessed God shall come down to teach. His death shall bring to the despairing rest.”

Of course, we know that the “Blessed God” is Jesus, the Lord.  And His death and resurrection brought to all men the hope of His coming again, and also the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

So God had His eyes on the future, when each man in Adam’s generations was born, didn’t He?

And He has His eyes…. on you.

Rest in sweet sleep, everyone.  Good night.

“humanity, humankind”
“placed, put, granted”
“feeble, frail, mortality”
“a fixed dwelling place”
“praise of God”
“a descent, go down”
“to initiate or discipline, dedicate, train up”
“man of a dart”
“a blow, by implication, a wound; figuratively, carnage, also beaten, slaughter, smote, stripe, stroke, wound, wounded”.
“rest, bring rest, quite peace”
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