We Need A “Then” Again!

And Adam knew his wife again, and she bore a son and named him Seth, “For God has appointed another seed for me instead of Abel, whom Cain killed.” And as for Seth, to him also a son was born; and he named him Enosh. Then men began to call on the name of the Lord. Genesis 4:25-26

God the Separator. He has been a Separator from the beginning, in Genesis 1 He separated the heavens from the earth and the night from the day. He separated the waters from the dry land and He separated the sea life from the land life. In His final act of creation He separated mankind from all other creatures and He separated mankind into male from female. He separated mankind from all other creatures so that He might fellowship with them in a unique way. Adam and Eve were created sinless but then they sinned against their Creator and in doing so created a separation themselves.

Their sin separated them from the land of Eden that He had given them and placed them into a hostile environment, an environment that came about because of their rebellion against God. Men began to populate the earth and another separation begins to take place. Not only had man separated himself from God but now man becomes separated from one another.

THEN… Then men began to call on the name of the Lord.

The light of God had just become a memory. The stories told of Adam and Eve walking with the Creator had become nothing more than a fantasy. Praise and worship unto Jehovah had been silenced.

That is until Seth was born. In the midst of the darkness God raised up a light. Seth—he would be the line that Enoch would be born through and the line that Noah would be born through—the same line that Abraham, Isaac and Jacob would be born through.

This family tree of Seth would produce the nation of Israel and out of that nation would come King David, Elijah and Elisha, Jeremiah and Isaiah and all of the prophets of old but most of all out of his family line there would come One called Messiah, the Prince of Peace, The Healer, The Son of God, Emmanuel—God with us, Jesus the Christ who would bruise the serpent’s head.

How did it all come about? The answer is simple—there came a time in a wicked and dark world that… men began to call on the name of the Lord.

The original language indicates that this “calling” was an intense emotion: Men began – they began to… bore through… , i.e. (by implication) to wound, to dissolve; to break, to begin (as if by an “opening wedge”);… to bore through simply means to force a break through into a different realm. They began to make a hole in the darkness.

Men (not all men—but some men touched of God) began to bore through the darkness by calling on the name of the Lord …

Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember the name of the Lord our God.

Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name!

Blessed be the name of the Lord From this time forth and forevermore!

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!

For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Arise and be baptized CALLING ON THE NAME OF THE LORD.

OH! That men would once again call on the name of the Lord!