Divine Spark | Genesis 4:25-26
And Adam knew his wife again, and she bore a son and called his name Seth, for she said, “God has appointed for me another offspring instead of Abel, for Cain killed him.” To Seth also a son was born, and he called his name Enosh. At that time people began to call upon the name of the Lord.
Genesis 4:25-26 | ESV
“And Adam knew his wife again.” Murder and tragedy did not become the terminal point for Adam. He knew his wife again. She bore a son again. And in the bearing she saw a fresh Divine appointment, a new turn of blessing. And one turn led to another, as her newly placed son (“Placed” is not a bad translation of the name “Seth”) has his own son in turn. Significantly this son is named “Enosh” – which becomes another common Hebrew word for “human being.” Unlike “Adam” which means “human being” as a creation of the ground and dirt (Hebrew adamah) – i.e. Earthling, “Enosh” means “human being” as a creation subject to weakness, sickness, and frailty – i.e. Weakling. And while most of us wouldn’t counsel new parents to name their son “Weakling,” isn’t it revealing that while Cain who was Gain, the man of Profit, spawns a race of successful overachievers who are filled with themselves, it is the Weakling who gives birth to a tribe that calls on the name of the Lord? What a delightful anticipation of the beatitude of Jesus: “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” What an illustration of the Apostle Paul’s key life lesson that God’s “strength is made perfect in weakness.” It is in naming and claiming our poverty, our hollow, frail and sickly human state that we become vessels ready to be filled with the Divine. It is in embracing our dryness that we find tinder for the Divine Spark of life. Gain has the more impressive resume, but Weakling becomes the place where God dwells.
How can tragedy in your life instead of being a dead end become the launching pad to new discoveries, new life? Where do you need to experience a new turn right now?
God, thank you for putting your divine treasures in frail earthen vessels. Thank you for being the divine spark in this so often touch-and-go venture called “my life.” Dwell here. Instead of looking out for myself, give me the grace to call on your name today. Through Christ.
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