The Way of Cain, (8) Enoch Versus Lamech

Thus far, the comparison between Cain and Seth’s descendants has revealed that there were two distinct groups, which remained more or less separate from one another for four generations. In the sixth generation, however, the two groups began to marry, which initiated a decline in worship. The increased interaction between …

Rottenness

The sons of Levi Have you ever had something go “bad” in your refrigerator? It hits you as soon as you open the door. You know what to do: you throw it away. But what do you do when part of your family becomes “spoiled”? What actions should you take …

Joy

“And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:10-11). Introduction When I was somewhat …

Boasting In the Lord

Jeffrey Gitomer, while giving advice to salesmen, noted, “My experience has shown me that if you have to say what you are, you probably aren’t. Think about that for a moment. ‘I’m honest,’ ‘I’m ethical,’ even ‘I’m the boss,’ or ‘I’m in charge,’ usually indicates just the opposite. Doesn’t it?” …

Scriptural Discipline: (4) Rebuke and Correction

In the last article we looked at some fundamentals of forgiveness associated with Scriptural discipline. Clearly, all Scriptural discipline is aimed at restoration. Our God delights in mercy and we must too. The first step in forgiving our brother is to have a personal awareness of our own need — …

The Way of Cain, (7) More Contrasts

Enosh versus Enoch Enosh (or Enos), the son of Seth, was born in the third generation. As has been discussed, his name means “mortal.” The word enosh or enos is rooted in the Hebrew word nsh, which is associated with man or mankind, while its derivatives, “mortal, frail, weak,” are …

Kindness

Use words with kindness Breaking News! Did you hear that scientists have finally found the cause of global warming? The cause has been determined to be Kindness! While that may sound like a silly opening for an exhortation, kindness can really accomplish much, and it has been said, “That just …

No Man Is an Island

“No man is an iland, intire of it selfe; every man is a peece of the Continent, a part of the maine; if a clod bee washed away by the Sea, Europe is the lesse, as well as if a Promontorie were, as well as if a Mannor of thy …

Are We Learning From Our Experiences?

“Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterward,” major league pitcher Vernon Saunders Law observed. The test may not be enjoyable, but the important part is learning from the experience. While it is possible to have grown in wisdom from 20 years of experience, …