Women of the Bible Series - Eve (Genesis 4:25-26) – PART 2
Genesis 4:25-26, And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew. And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the LORD.
The first woman-wife-mother carried a lot on her shoulders—Yet she found hope in the same promised Seed that we all look to. Eve was created in God’s image just like Adam (Genesis 1:27). She was his equal, yet she had a different role than her husband. God made Eve to be a “help meet for him (Genesis 2:18)”. Adam and Eve lived in the garden of Eden in perfect harmony. It may be hard for us to imagine today, but in the beginning their marriage was perfect - no disagreements, no harsh words, no comparisons. Eve didn’t hear about “how great a cook Adam’s mother was” and Adam didn’t have to hear about “how much money Eve’s father made”.
In Genesis 4, Adam and Eve’s children were grown and Eve had experienced the horror of her oldest son murdering his younger brother. The first two sons born to Adam and Eve bring them great heartache. It is easy to observe that sin leads to greater sin. What another huge blow this first mother faced. However, God blessed yet again and gave this first family another son (Genesis 4:25). Eve's final recorded words in Scripture are in (Genesis 4:25). Her words are words of hope and praise as she thanks God for Seth. She said, "God hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel." Again, her naming of Seth indicates hope. Seth was not the Promised One, but the Promised Seed Jesus Christ would come through the line of Seth. She believed that he would be the promised Seed.
The name Seth means substituted, set, or appointed; in this case another seed. Seth would take the place of Abel and be in the line of Christ. When Seth married, he had a son and named him Enos which means mortal man or frailty. The Bible says that men then began to call upon the name of the Lord. The word call in the Hebrew means to call out by name or proclaim. Revival of the need for God was breaking out as man realized how frail he was and that he did need the Lord in his life. Seth, the substitute was one of four substitutes in Genesis. NOTICE: With Seth’s line “then began men to call upon the name of the Lord (Genesis 4:26)”. I believe Eve, through the naming of her sons, showed that she believed God’s Word and was looking forward to the Promised Seed. Eve displayed her hope in God’s promised Seed through the naming of her sons. She was looking forward to Christ and the destruction of sin and despair that Adam’s sin had brought upon the world.
God blessed Adam and Eve with a child named Seth and then eventually he would have a son who was called Enos. When Enos was born then we see that people began to call upon the name of the Lord. We see that from this godly line that these people began to walk with God and were known as a people of prayer. This is truly what distinguishes us from the lost world. Until God's people pray, they will operate in their own strength and become very mechanical and frustrated as they fail in their own power.
It is clear that God is easing the fears of Adam and Eve. Through Seth, the human race will survive. His line is set aside for salvation. The ray of hope is in the children who are born from Seth. That is God's promise to Eve. Adam and Eve know that their life is to be based in faith. Their experience with Cain and Abel could easily destroy that faith. But, to all refusing to turn from God, He will have a word of comfort and rebuilding of faith. For Adam and Eve, it is Seth. He can't take away their sadness, but he does give hope. One of life's most precious possessions is hope. We learn here that hope is the product of God. The hope is in the 'seed of the woman' (Genesis 3:15). In the New Testament that same hope is seen, but in a different light. '...the glorious appearing of...our Saviour Jesus Christ' (Titus 2:13).
Just as Eve did nearly 6,000 years ago, we too have a choice concerning our own legacies. Will we choose to be like Eve at the Fall and not obey God’s Word, which leads to a legacy of sin and despair? Or will we choose to be like Eve when she named her sons and evidenced hope in the Saviour, Jesus Christ, who came to save us? The importance of choosing the right legacy becomes especially relevant to women with respect to the teaching of our children. Whether those children are biological or spiritual, our legacy affects them.
PRAYER: Thank You, Lord, that You are my Father. Thank You that You love me and want what’s best for me and for my family. I pray that godly mothers would continue to fear You and serve You. They would keep their eyes and heart focused on You. In Jesus’s name. Amen.
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