Men Call on God

Genesis 4:26  

And as for Seth, to him also a son was born; and he named him Enosh. Then men began to call on the name of the LORD.

As we explained in yesterday’s post, after the death of righteous Abel, God replaced him in Adam and Eve’s family with Seth. God hoped Seth would continue the way of life that Abel previously characterized. Here we are told that men “began to call on the name of the LORD.” There are two possible meanings of this. Some interpret “began to call on the name of the LORD” as a reference to men polluting or defiling of His name (Hebrew chalal, as in Genesis 49:4 and Exodus 20:25). Others believe this refers to men worshipping or praying to the true God, although two are specifically identified as such.  

Only two of Seth’s descendants, Enoch and Noah, clearly worshipped the true God.

A study of biblical history shows that God’s pattern is to call a few individuals to represent Him in every age. God has almost always had a small group of people He was working through (1 Kings 19:18; Isaiah 1:9; Matthew 16:18; Romans 11:5).

To learn more about the group of people God is now working with, read “The Church: The Body of Christ.”

Tomorrow on the Daily Bible Verse Blog: “Adam’s Sons and Daughters.”

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