Who is Enosh?

Who is Enosh?

Luke 3 v 38 “the son of Enosh”

Genesis 4: 26 “Seth also had a son, and he named him Enosh. At that time people began to call on[i] the name of the Lord.”

The grandson of Adam lives in a time when people are beginning to pray to the Lord..

He is named ‘mortal’ perhaps because Seth realised that as the replacement brother of Cain who had killed Abel (4:25) life was indeed very fragile. His name also means ‘people’ and could be referring to the great increase of the population.

The devastation of Cain killing Abel was felt deeply in that the Cainites turned their back on the Lord. But the Sethites, those people like Enosh, despite the turbulence of their world and the increasing sinfulness as the population also increased, they called on the name of the Lord.

Never let a day go by without calling on the Name!

The Apostle Paul quotes Joel 3 in Romans 10:12-16

As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.”12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” 14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? 15 And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

Let us pray that this Easter weekend Christians everywhere will have beautiful feet, bringing good news of Jesus Christ and that many more new people will begin to call on the name of the Lord and be saved!

Light of the World
You stepped down into darkness
Opened my eyes
Let me see
Beauty that made this heart adore You
Hope of life spent with You
Here I am to worship
Here I am to bow down
Here I am to say that You’re my God
You’re altogether lovely
Altogether worthy
Altogether wonderful to me
King of all days
Oh so highly exalted
Glorious in heaven above
Humbly You came to the earth You created
All for love’s sake became poor
I’ll never know how much it cost
To see my sin upon that cross.
Call upon the name of The Lord and be saved

Who is Kenan?

Who is Kenan?

Luke 3 v 37 “the son of Kenan”

The great-grandson of Adam has a name which means ‘possession’ or ‘to build a nest’.

There is nothing about him except his name and that he died before the flood but would have seen the rising prophetic voice of Enoch and Noah.

Kenan is identical to that of Cain but with an added ending. That ending means to chant a dirge. So maybe Enosh thought that his son would be like the cry of an eagle high in a nest reminding the people of lamenting.

It is all speculation of course and playing with meaning of words.

But what I believe is certain is that in the 3 centuries after creation mankind as they knew it had grown from a small family to 2 tribes who were already deep rivals. The tribe of Seth (the line of Christ) of which obviously Kenan is from was trying to walk with their Creator as best they could. Enosh would never have named his child after the rebel and wayward son of Adam, Cain. Cain had founded the rival tribe in Nod. But the Seth family were different and Enosh knew it.

Far from perfect I am sure but we like Kenan are the prophetic symbol of being like Cain’s family, a possessor. However, we are high in the nest crying over what we see far in the distance. Lamenting over people who have walked far from their Creator. We possess but not like Cain’s family. We don’t possess at all costs. We don’t kill our brother to possess. We walk in line with Christ.

We must learn:

To build a high nest. We must see what God wants to show us. We must view the possession, the inheritance that is ours in Christ. We must get to the top of the hills surrounding our cities, we must map out our towns and look at the demographics and the needs and challenges of the people. We must see people who Christ died for.

To lament. We must learn to weep. Weeping not only because we have had fires in our buildings. Weeping not only because of persecution. Weeping not only because of Christianity being marginalised continually in the freedom of speech etc. All that is good weeping. But we must find our voice to lament and wail that still today Christ’s presence is on the earth but they do not recognise Him. We must weep over those who are lost. We must weep over the desperation of people’s lives. We only hang on a cross for people if we have first learnt how to weep for them.

To possess. We must move. We must do something. We must say enough is enough. I have a Pastor in Birmingham who is 67 years of age and full of passion, more than I have seen in those half his age. He had 3 teenagers of parents saying they didn’t want to come to church anymore. That was the sum total of his youth generation. He didn’t have a youth club. He couldn’t afford to buy into a national pioneering youth initiative to launch a youth work. So because he knew what it is to work hard, because he had been down the pits as an engineer and knew that at times life gets tough and if we are going to possess anything we have to roll our sleeves up, this is what he did. He got a snooker table and a table tennis table and this 67 year old Pastor started a youth group on a Friday night for the 3 teenagers. He moved in and possessed their futures within the Church. It causes me to weep with joy. The Church in the UK need more of these men and women who will get up and possess.

We need a move of Kenan people. May they rise up today!

Who was Mahalalel?

Who was Mahalalel?

Luke 3 v 37 “the son of Mahalalel”

This strange name means ‘God shines’ and also ‘praise of God’.

At a time where the light of God in people’s lives seemed to be growing dimmer there comes a man called ‘God shines’.

It matters not how dark the world can get nor who rules the land we live in. In the midst of fear from the threats of man and the lies and manipulation of selfish people there can live lights shining bright, waiting and available to the story of God. Faithful names holding on to a much more faithful God. People of God who hold worship as the foundation of their life.

Even only 4 generations down from Adam and the creation is groaning and yet there are signs that some people are at least carrying hope in their hearts. Lights in the darkness, praise in midst of the cursing. Maybe Mahalalel’s demeanour is different to all the rest of his generation. Maybe he really does shed the light of God. Though his circumstance was dark and dismal, maybe he is the one who constantly praises God despite and in all circumstances.

No matter what you face today your face can reflect a picture of the divine. This is not make-up, a pretend that all is going to be okay attitude. This is an assurance that whatever happens you belong to Him who died for you.
So let your enemies look intently as you shine the glory of the Lord in a dark world.

John 8:12 ““I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Who was Jared?

Who was Jared?

Luke 3 v 37 “the son of Jared”

There are 2 Enoch’s. The one fathered by Cain and the one fathered by Jared. Jared’s name means ‘descent’ and one of the reasons why his parents could have named him this is because since Adam and the fall there had been a continuous decline from the standards and values of Eden.

Other interesting thoughts are this:

There was a city named Enoch which Cain built as a protection for himself and family in line with the curse on his life. Jared would have known that city when he named his son.

Adam died within Jared’s lifetime. When the first man who walked with God in Eden (His Presence) dies then perhaps everyone is affected.

He no doubt searched for his son who God took away but as we know never found him.

He is the man who lived the second longest in Bible history.

Yesterday we celebrated Palm Sunday in the Churches across the world. We also commenced the descent into the darkness of Gethsemane and the cross knowing that this coming Sunday we will rise in victorious resurrection light!

Philippians 2 speaks of Christ:
Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!

We will soon celebrate the ascension of Christ however because since the time Adam and Jared to the present day man has descended from His Presence, Christ came, God came down. He descended to be man amongst us to die for us. To lead us into a glorious ascension ourselves.

As we move into this Holy Week let us remember and be grateful that though we live in a descending sinful world, Jesus, descended for us.

Lent day 40: Who is Enoch?

Lent day 40: Who is Enoch?

 

Luke 3: 37 “the son of Enoch”

 

Methuselah’s father had a name meaning ‘Dedicated.’

 

The following verses are where Enoch is mentioned:

Hebrews 11:5 “By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death; he could not be found, because God had taken him away. For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God.”

 

Jude 14-15 “Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men: “See, the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of his holy ones to judge everyone, and to convict all the ungodly of all the ungodly acts they have done in the ungodly way, and of all the harsh words ungodly sinners have spoken against him.”

 

Genesis 5:24 “Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.”

 

From these verses we see:

He walked with God

He pleased God

He did not die

He was searched for but was not found.

He prophesied.

 

He completed what Adam failed to do, he walked with God. He did what Noah had done and what Abraham would do. Before we rush on, slow that down.

Enoch was I am sure walking by faith, something we hear a lot of today. But he was demonstrating an even more beautiful life, he was walking with God, an indicator of intimacy that God still waits from us today. It was this intimacy that pleased God. Even more so because life was tough for someone walking with God. Jude has his prophecy to the ungodly and we also know from the life Lamech that the environment Enoch lived in was one of sinfulness, arrogance and selfishness.

At a time when values were totally broken down and everyone did their own thing, when families were divided and the order that had been created was in chaos, there was a man who walked with God.

God ‘took’ the man who walked with Him. This was his reward. And whether we die on this earth or we are taken when He comes again, it is the reward for all who walk with Him.

 

 

Lent day 39: Who is Methuselah?

Lent day 39: Who is Methuselah?

Luke 3 v 37 “the son of Methuselah”

He is of course the oldest man that ever lived. His name means ‘man of the sword’, a name indicating death was coming. Ironically it didn’t come for him. He lived 969 years.

Many have understood that his father, Enoch, gave this name to his son when prophesying of the coming death to the earth (the Flood) and that Methuselah died in the year of Noah’s flood, helping to build the ark. That prophecy is quoted in Jude 14-15.

This week I attended a Church service and into the Church strolled quite quickly a lady who was apparently 97 years of age. She was walking faster than those 20 years younger than her. Whatever pills she was taking seemed to definitely be helping her!

When you get old will you still be building an ark of salvation for others? Even if you never get to see your dreams fulfilled will you still build so that others will see it?

Will you still run into the Church building as quickly as someone 20 years younger? Will you still have passion for Church services?

This week I spoke with an 80 year old man, a believer, who told me a verse in the Bible spoke to him and though he had stopped going to the Sunday evening service, the verse challenged him and for the last several weeks he had started going again. He goes in the morning and goes to the evening service. All because of a verse. I admired him.

In your old age will you still let the Bible change you and what you do with your life?

Isaiah 46: 4 Even to your old age and grey hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.

Lent day 38: Who is Lamech?

Lent day 38: who is Lamech?

Luke 3 v 36 “the son of Lamech”

 

Martin Luther King, Jr. stated that: “The old law about ‘an eye for an eye’ leaves everybody blind.”

In Genesis 4:23-24 we read an event confirming the reason why the law of Moses stated “an eye for an eye” for it was to make sure that punishment was not harsher than it deserved to be.

Lamech, the father of Noahhas a name meaning ‘strong man’ or ’wild man’. Not only was Lamech the Bible’s first recorded polygamist (v19) he seemed to be even worse than his ancestor Cain. It was not because he took more than one wife. But it was because he presumed on God’s grace after he took revenge.

We don’t know what happened but it would appear that the punishment did not fit the crime. He truly believed that those who tried to take revenge on him for his revenge will receive the vengeance of God 77 times over. A huge presumption on the mercy of God.

Interestingly when Jesus teaches Peter to forgive he says that he should forgive not 7 times but 70 times 7 (Matthew 18:22).

People with a deep desire of justice. Those who carry a sense of right and wrong are prone to revenge and retaliation.

Has there ever been a time in our life that we wanted to take revenge? Of course! How we retaliate is dependent on where we are in God. However, all retaliation is wrong, whether that be in words or actions.

“Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.”
1 Peter 3: 9

Lamech’s son, Tubal-Cain, invented what was the first primitive sword (4:21), weapons of war are seen for the first time. Lamech came home not only boasting to his wives of how he took revenge on some person who wounded him but worse than that. Lamech believed that with his son’s swords in his hands though Cain would be avenged 7-fold, for him it would be 77-fold. The sword would now bring about greater retaliation from any attack of the enemy.

Lamech was now self-confident and self-sufficient because of the weapon he had in his hand. The sword meant he did not have to trust God even if it was still a thought of doing so.

So how strong are you and is it in you to be ruthless with people?

What is in your hands can be a blessing or a curse.

We have all seen how position and power can inflict a retaliation that is way beyond what is equal to any mistake or pain inflicted on you. We have seen that in the regime leaders around the world, government leaders and sadly we have seen it with Church leaders.

The abuse of power. Justified in the eyes of those who hold the sword in their hands but not in the sight of God.

Let’s be different today. Where there is hurt let us bless. Where offence comes let us take every barrier down. Where there is war let us bring peace. Who do you struggle with today? Bless them. Show kindness. Demonstrate the cross. Die for them. Do not pick up the sword no matter what they have done.

Lent day 37: Who is Noah?

Lent day 37: Who is Noah?

Luke 3 v 36 “the son of Noah”

The name means ‘rest’ and his father named him so in Genesis 5: 27 prophesying that, “He will comfort us in the labour and painful toil of our hands caused by the ground the Lord has cursed.”

Change can happen so quickly.

Genesis 4: 26 “At that time people began to call on the name of the Lord.”

To

Genesis 6: 3, 5 “I can’t do this anymore, this has become too much.” What He actually said was, “My Spirit will not contend with humans forever, for they are mortal; their days will be a hundred and twenty years.” The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.”

Sometimes we have to start again with ourselves. The path we were taking, the way we were living has become something we never intended.

You can start again … because God did!

How?

From the following verses in Genesis 6: 9-22 we see what Noah (REST) did.

V9 Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.

V14 “So make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out.

V17 I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish.

V18 But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark—you and your sons and your wife and your sons’ wives with you.

V19 You are to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you.

V20 Two of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive.

V21 You are to take every kind of food that is to be eaten and store it away as food for you and for them.”

V22 Noah did everything just as God commanded him.

 

  • Begin with integrity, be real, honest, truthful, v9
  • Begin with connecting to God, v9
  • Let things die, v17
  • Build something new even something you have never seen, v14
  • Plan for a new beginning, v 19
  • Hold on to the promises of God, v18
  • Be positive, choose life, v19
  • Receive what God sends to you, v20
  • Eat well, v21
  • Follow all the instructions, v22

 

The ark was the symbol of the Saviour. Today we can hear the same words God said to Noah in 7:1 “Go into the ark”

Today GO into the safety of the relationship with the Saviour.

Let God shut you into His presence and the experience of Jesus.

When the floods come you will rise above the storm.

Everything around you may die, but you will live.

Everything may pass away but you will remain.

The landscape may change forever, but you will be constant.

And what will happen?

God will remember you just as “God remembered Noah” 8:1

After 150 days of the waters flooding the whole earth.

After 150 days of no change to outside circumstances.

150 days of trust.

150 days of silence from God.

150 days of not being in control.

We all go through such seasons of the soul.

BUT GOD will remember you and act for you. He will send a wind to push back that which is trying to take over your life. And the 2 words that will become all important you will carry for the rest of your life ….

BUT GOD! And because of those 2 words we find REST, we are Noah people!

Lent day 36: Who is Shem?

Lent day 36: Who is Shem?

Luke 3 v 36 “the son of Shem”

Genesis 9: 20-23 “Noah, a man of the soil, proceeded to plant a vineyard. 21 When he drank some of its wine, he became drunk and lay uncovered inside his tent. 22 Ham, the father of Canaan, saw his father naked and told his two brothers outside. 23 But Shem and Japheth took a garment and laid it across their shoulders; then they walked in backward and covered their father’s naked body. Their faces were turned the other way so that they would not see their father naked.”

Shem’s name means ‘name’ but can also mean ‘esteemed’. Certainly what NAME is known for is the esteem of honouring his father with his brother Japheth.

Many have speculated on what happened inside Noah’s tent alluding to some sexual activity. What we are told is that Ham went into his father’s tent, saw he was naked and not only didn’t do anything but came out and spoke about what he had discovered.

My friend and colleague, James Glass tweeted at the start of the year regarding the story of Shem: “Sometimes you have to walk backwards to help others move forwards.”

It is a great line!

Walking backwards:

It is not condoning. Shem and his brother could have said ‘let’s leave our father till he wakes up from his drunkenness, he is inside his own tent, what happens there stays there.’

It is not making it worse. Shem and his brother could have replicated Ham’s approach by telling other family members. Deciding ‘not to tell’ of someone else’s downfall is to be esteemed above all traits when it is coupled with helping that individual make a recovery.

It is protecting. Their father was vulnerable being unprotected. They could not sleep themselves knowing anything may happen in that state.

It is making it right. Helping to make it right is better than telling someone they are wrong. Jesus didn’t come to tell the world they were wrong. He came to make it right.

It is honouring. Everyone can honour the honourable. Honouring the brokenness of humanity is something else. This honour is not about what the individual does but who they are.

Let us be Shem (and Japheth!) today and walk backwards to someone.

This is what it means to esteem.

Lent day 35: Who is Arphaxad?

Lent day 35: Who is Arphaxad?

Luke 3 v 36 “the son of Arphaxad”

His name means ‘one that releases’.

He was born 2 years after the flood and life was difficult as they began to re-populate the earth and expand into territories, building and planting, creating infrastructure. How was this going to happen? How would law and order prevail? How would people still follow their Creator?

The ‘one that releases’ may have been a call of prayer to hand the pressure of that over to God who can carry what man could not.

Today there are burdens you need to release that are too heavy for you to carry. He will sustain you and you will be moved so long as you release what is not yours to carry. Psalm 55:22

Today, you may see others with the weight of sin holding them down, either their sin or they are a victim of someone else’s sin. Release their burdens. Isaiah 58:6

God does want you to carry things in your life, but these burdens are light and easy. He wants to give you rest so release the heaviness that is around you today. Say NO, disappoint perhaps, alter your schedule, change the programme. There are no miracles without God so the question is: has God asked you to do this? Matthew 11:28-30

If God has commanded your work then He has your hand and He will help you to accomplish it even if it looks impossible and too difficult for you. Commanded work is not necessarily easy work but it is accompanied work. Isaiah 41:13

As I grow older and my hair gets greyer and less I realise I need to know the carrying God and delivering Saviour more than ever before. In my youth my immature energy and ignorant passion sustained me but now I know it is He who sustains. In my youth He sustained me when I didn’t know but now He expects more wisdom from me. Isaiah 46:4.

I will release the pressure today and I will do it in prayer with a prayer that I have prayed all my life, “Help me!” Psalm 34:17

The challenge to the release of these burdens is the fear that things won’t get done or I will disappoint. In short, the fear of man continues to be a snare. So with eyes lifted high I choose to hear the ancient words, “Fear not, for I am with you”. Isaiah 41:10

Join me as I choose to be Arphaxad today and release from my life what should not be there!