Lesson 14 第十四课

The Bible tells about Cain's descendants and Seth’s descendants.

Scripture:  Genesis 4:16-26  Genesis 5:3-5, 22-32

1.            Cain’s descendants followed Cain’s example and had no interest in God.

Read Genesis 4:16-24

16 So Cain left the Lord’s presence and settled in the land of Nod, east of Eden. 17 Cain had sexual relations with his wife, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Enoch. Then Cain founded a city, which he named Enoch, after his son. 18 Enoch had a son named Irad. Irad became the father of Mehujael. Mehujael became the father of Methushael. Methushael became the father of Lamech.

19 Lamech married two women. The first was named Adah, and the second was Zillah. 20 Adah gave birth to Jabal, who was the first of those who raise livestock and live in tents. 21 His brother’s name was Jubal, the first of all who play the harp and flute. 22 Lamech’s other wife, Zillah, gave birth to a son named Tubal-cain. He became an expert in forging tools of bronze and iron. Tubal-cain had a sister named Naamah. 23 One day Lamech said to his wives,

“Adah and Zillah, hear my voice;
    listen to me, you wives of Lamech.
I have killed a man who attacked me,
    a young man who wounded me.

24 If someone who kills Cain is punished seven times,
    then the one who kills me will be punished seventy-seven times!”

   The lives of Cain’s descendants were filled with money and material things.

Cain’s descendants followed Cain’s example and had no interest in God. They filled their minds and time with doing the things they wanted to do. They built towns, raised cattle, and made tools and musical instruments. They had no interest in or time for God and the things He wanted them to know. They were under the control of Satan.

   Think about what a terrible effect disobedience to God had already brought into the world.

  • Because Adam and Eve sinned, all of their descendants were born sinners, separated from God and without oneness of mind with God.
  • Adam and Eve’s first son,Cain,murdered their second son, Abel.
  • Cain turned away from God and would not listen to His words.
  • When Cain had children, he did not teach them about God. As a result, Cain’s children did not know God and the truth.
  • Each generation of Cain’s descendants lived according to their own sinful ways instead of God’s way. They were guided by Satan and his lies.

   This should be a warning to any of you who may refuse to take time to listen to God’s Word.

Maybe you are more interested in working and making money than you are interested in listening to God’s Word. It is good to work, but you should also take time to listen to God’s Word so you can learn to know God and understand the way to be delivered from Satan’s control and everlasting punishment.

If you parents turn away from God’s truth and refuse to listen to God, probably your children will never listen to the Word of God either. You are responsible, not only for yourselves, but for your children too. You should listen carefully to God’s message and make sure your children also hear the truth.

God’s message should not only be important to you when we meet to read God’s Word and to be taught, but it should also be the most important thing in every area of your lives. You can talk about God’s message in your homes and when you work, fish or hunt.

2.           God gave Seth to replace Abel.

Read Genesis 4:25

Adam had sexual relations with his wife again, and she gave birth to another son. She named him Seth, for she said, “God has granted me another son in place of Abel, whom Cain killed.”

In the Garden of Eden, God had promised that He would send a Deliverer who would overcome Satan. Satan knew that God's plan was to send the Deliverer as a descendant of Abel, so he guided Cain to kill Abel. In this way he was trying to hinder God's plan to send the Deliverer.

Did Abel’s death mean the end of God’s plan and promise to send the Deliverer? No! God always does what He promises. He doesn’t give up or change because of the things Satan does.

In place of Abel, God gave Seth to Adam and Eve. Seth was also born separated from God, but he trusted in God just as Abel did. God planned that the Deliverer would come into the world through the line of Seth.

3.           When Enosh, Seth’s son, was born, people once again began to believe in God and to worship Him.

Read Genesis 4:26

When Seth grew up, he had a son and named him Enosh. At that time people first began to worship the Lord by name.

Seth grew up and married. His wife gave birth to a son. They named him Enosh.

God’s Book tells us that, when this child was born, Seth’s family line began to remember God and their great need of Him. They began coming to God to worship, calling on Him to accept them.

   Seth and his family line came to God just as Abel had come to God.

Think about what we've learned concerning how Abel came to God. What did Abel bring as an offering to God? Why did God accept Abel and his offering? God accepted Abel because he agreed with God that he was a sinner, he trusted in God’s promise to send the Deliverer, and he brought the offering which God had told them they must bring.

This is how Seth, his son Enosh, and their family line began to come to God. They came as Abel had come. They came to God in faith, bringing the sheep whose blood they had allowed to run out. God accepted them because they came to Him the way He had said.

   Anyone who comes to God in the way He says to come will be accepted by God.

God always treats everyone alike regardless of their color, or whether they are rich or poor, young or old, man or woman. God doesn’t have any favorites.

Even though people from Seth’s line believed God, the majority of people did not come to God. They lived only for the things of this life. They didn’t care that they were separated from God and that they would die and be separated from God forever.

4.           Adam died.

Read Genesis 5:3-5

When Adam was 130 years old, he became the father of a son who was just like him—in his very image. He named his son Seth. After the birth of Seth, Adam lived another 800 years, and he had other sons and daughters. Adam lived 930 years, and then he died.

Adam lived until he was 930 years old. Both Adam and Eve died.

When God created Adam and Eve, God did not plan for them or their descendants to die. There was no death in the world in the beginning. But when Adam and Eve sinned, the result was death. Sin separated Adam and Eve from God. After Adam and Eve sinned, God removed them from the garden so that they couldn’t eat from the tree of life and live forever. Their bodies eventually died.

People still continue to die because all people are the descendants of Adam, and all people sin.

5.           Enoch walked with God.

Read Genesis 5:22-23

After the birth of Methuselah, Enoch lived in close fellowship with God for another 300 years, and he had other sons and daughters. 23 Enoch lived 365 years,

One of Seth’s descendants was a man named Enoch. Enoch was born a sinner, but he believed God and came to God in the way which God had said.

Enoch also obeyed and pleased God in the way he lived his life.

   Enoch was God’s messenger to the people of his time.

The Bible was not written at that time, so God told Enoch what to say to the people. Enoch warned them that God was going to judge and punish them for their unbelief and their evil ways. But the majority of the people did not believe God’s message through Enoch.

   God took Enoch.

Read Genesis 5:24

walking in close fellowship with God. Then one day he disappeared, because God took him.

Even though Enoch was a sinner and didnt deserve God’s mercy, God loved and accepted Enoch. God took Enoch out of this world and into Heaven.

   Heaven is the special, wonderful place where God lives.

Although God is everywhere, all of the time, Heaven is His home. Heaven is the place where all the spirits lived with God in the beginning and where the obedient angels are still living. Heaven is a beautiful place. There is no fear, sorrow, sickness, or death in Heaven. God provides everything for those who live in Heaven. Heaven is not here in this world. It is far away, past the moon, the sun and the stars. Heaven is a real place, even though none of us have been there or seen it.

Heaven is a real place, even though we have never seen it. In His Book, God, who lives in Heaven, tells us what it is like.

God took Enoch into Heaven. Enoch did not die physically.

   All people rightfully belong to God.

Because Enoch belonged to God, God had the authority to take him to Heaven. God can do what He wants with people. God doesn’t need to ask anyone when He wants to do something. He wanted to take Enoch into Heaven, and so He did. God could do this because He is greater than everyone and everything.

6.           The Bible lists some of Enoch’s descendants.

Enoch was the only one taken to Heaven without dying at this time. Other people during those years lived for a long time, but they eventually died.

Enoch’s son, named Methuselah, lived longer than anyone else.

Read Genesis 5:25-27

When Methuselah was 187 years old, he became the father of Lamech. 26 After the birth of Lamech, Methuselah lived another 782 years, and he had other sons and daughters. 27 Methuselah lived 969 years, and then he died.

Methuselah’s grandson’s name was Noah.

Read Genesis 5:28-32
When Lamech was 182 years old, he became the father of a son. 29 Lamech named his son Noah, for he said, “May he bring us relief from our work and the painful labor of farming this ground that the Lord has cursed.” 30 After the birth of Noah, Lamech lived another 595 years, and he had other sons and daughters. 31 Lamech lived 777 years, and then he died.

Noah was a man who believed God. The story of Noah and his three sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth, is very important. We will learn about them in our next lesson.

 


Questions

1.     Cain and his descendants did not care about God and what He said. What were the things that interested them?

2.     It is good to work and to have money, but what is also very important for us to take time to do?

3.     Who did each generation of Cain’s descendants follow?

4.   Did Abel’s death mean the end of God’s plan to send the Deliverer?

5.     Why did God give Seth to Adam and Eve?

6.     From what family line would the Deliverer be born?

7.     Why did Adam and Eve die?

8.     Why do people still die?

9.     How did Seth, Enosh, Enoch and others come to God?

10. What unusual thing happened to Enoch?

11. What have we learned about Heaven?

12. Why did God have the authority to take Enoch to Heaven without dying?