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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Lamech: The Original Rambo

August 3

(Genesis 4:17-24 NIV) "Cain lay with his wife, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Enoch. Cain was then building a city, and he named it after his son Enoch. {18} To Enoch was born Irad, and Irad was the father of Mehujael, and Mehujael was the father of Methushael, and Methushael was the father of Lamech. {19} Lamech married two women, one named Adah and the other Zillah. {20} Adah gave birth to Jabal; he was the father of those who live in tents and raise livestock. {21} His brother's name was Jubal; he was the father of all who play the harp and flute. {22} Zillah also had a son, Tubal-Cain, who forged all kinds of tools out of bronze and iron. Tubal-Cain's sister was Naamah. {23} Lamech said to his wives, "Adah and Zillah, listen to me; wives of Lamech, hear my words. I have killed a man for wounding me, a young man for injuring me. {24} If Cain is avenged seven times, then Lamech seventy-seven times.""

(Matthew 5:9 NIV)  "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God."

The spirit of “Rambo” infects our culture today. This is not a new spirit -- it is as ancient as the line of Cain – a family line littered with violence and disobedience to God. Lamech epitomized the line of Cain. Using violence to attain what he wanted was normal behavior. But Cain’s line was also very prosperous and powerful. This means that prosperity and power are not necessarily indicators of God’s blessing, and that the church should never hold them up as proof of God’s favor. Sometimes the rich and powerful are godly, sometimes they are not. Lamech’s way is seductive, but it is not the way to God. One can be prosperous, powerful, and wealthy, and still be a moral and spiritual failure. On the other hand, one can appear to be lowly, poor, and homeless, and prove to be a spiritual giant with the power to change the world. Think Jesus! -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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