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December 9 – Enoch & Lamech: where loyalty leads

By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, ‘and was not found, because God had taken him’; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God.” – Hebrews 11:5

Scripture reading: Genesis 4:13–5:6,18-24

The spiritual fault-line established in Genesis 3:15 divided humanity into two sides: Satan’s side and the Saviour’s side. Where does loyalty to Satan lead? Where does loyalty to the Saviour lead? Let’s see by looking at the lives of two individuals who stand seven generations down the line on opposite sides of the fault-line.

Why seven? Because the Bible uses the number seven not only to specify quantities, but also to symbolize fullness or the full extent of something. The life of the seventh man in Cain’s line and the life of the seventh man in Seth’s line shows us where our loyalties ultimately lead.

Seven generations down Cain’s line is Lamech (Genesis 5:18). Lamech defies God’s norm for marriage by taking two wives. He kills a man who wounded him and memorializes the murder by composing a poem about it. Multiple wives. Murder. What a mess! That’s where loyalty to Satan leads.

Enoch is the head of the seventh generation in Seth’s line (Gen.5:18). His life shows us where loyalty to the Saviour leads. Enoch walked with God, meaning he obeyed God’s commands. As a result, he was ushered into the presence of God without experiencing physical death.

Lamech and Enoch stood on opposite sides of the spiritual fault-line. As seventh in their respective lines, they symbolize the full extent of where one’s loyalty leads. Loyalty to Satan leads to eternal death. Loyalty to the Saviour leads to eternal life. Where does your loyalty lie?

Suggestions for prayer

Pray that God would give you a heart that deeply loves Jesus and is wholeheartedly devoted to Him, for He is a Master worthy of our deepest love and loyalty!

This daily devotional is available in a print edition you can buy at Nearer to God DevotionalRev. Brian Zegers has been serving the Lord by working with Word of Life Ministry as home missionary to the Muslim community in Toronto, Ontario since 2015.


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