September 17, Sunday

jason2The AMI QT Devotionals from September 11-17 are provided by Pastor Jason Sato who serves at OTR in Cincinnati. Jason, a graduate of UC San Diego (B.S.) and Westminster Theological Seminary in California (M.Div.), is married to Jessica, and they have two young children: Jonah and Lily.

Devotional Thoughts for Today

“It comes down to who knows you!”

Genesis 4:17-22, 26

Cain knew his wife, and she conceived and bore Enoch. When he built a city, he called the name of the city after the name of his son, Enoch. [18] To Enoch was born Irad, and Irad fathered Mehujael, and Mehujael fathered Methushael, and Methushael fathered Lamech. [19] And Lamech took two wives. The name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah. [20] Adah bore Jabal; he was the father of those who dwell in tents and have livestock. [21] His brother’s name was Jubal; he was the father of all those who play the lyre and pipe. [22] Zillah also bore Tubal-cain; he was the forger of all instruments of bronze and iron… [26] 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.

Consider the legacy that great figures in history have left to their children:  How proud must the grandchild of Martin Luther King, Jr. feel?  How honored must the great, great grandchild of Einstein be?  How humbled must the child of Mother Theresa feel?  Haha, just kidding!  Mother Theresa was a nun.  But still, what wonderful legacies they have left for those who came after them!

Now consider, what kind legacy will you leave for those who come after you?

Despite being the first murderer in human history, Cain ends up having a number of significant descendants.  From the line of Cain comes Jabal, the inventor of raising livestock; Jubal, the inventor of music; and Tubal-cain, the inventor of metallurgy.  Cain’s descendants are commercial, cultural, and political pioneers!

And then we come to Seth, the third son of Adam and Eve.  His descendent Enosh does not invent anything.  He does not leave behind a cultural monument.  Instead, Enosh is the first person after the Fall to begin to call upon the name of the LORD.  

Enosh communicates with the God of heaven and earth—not just as a distant God, but as an intimate, personal God.  When LORD is capitalized in the Bible, this indicates that the original Hebrew reads Yahweh, the personal name of God revealed to Moses.

There are many good and worthy things to spend our lives on.  There are great things we could accomplish that would earn us the respect or the admiration of the world.  But there is nothing greater than to be one who knows and is known by the LORD!

Prayer: Father, help me to understand the greatness of the privilege of being a child of God.  May I rejoice in being forgotten by history if only I may know You in Your death and resurrection.  Thank You that I will spend eternity exploring the never-ending depths of Your love, beauty, and glory. Amen.

Bible Reading for Today: Isaiah 40

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