Then Lamech said to his wives: “Adah and Zillah, hear my voice; Wives of Lamech, listen to my speech! For I have killed a man for wounding me, even a young man for hurting me. 24 If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, then Lamech seventy-sevenfold.” Genesis 4:23-24
I’ve started re-reading my Bible starting with Genesis 1. I have tended to research the Bible for instruction on different issues to do my best to write accurately for God’s purposes. I just haven’t been reading it like I suggest people often should; read it from start to finish like any other book.
I started doing that years ago for the exercise of writing my own Biblical timeline. Time references are amazingly abundant on the Old Testament. It’s tedious but not difficult to construct a timeline of who lived and died when, etc.
So…back to re-reading starting with Genesis. After the Fall of Adam and Eve, the first real sin of note is Cain murdering Abel. He was punished and received a mark that showed no one should lay a hand on him for his sin. There weren’t that many people in that day, and they were all related. Everyone knew everyone and talked. It was probably not too different from a small town with all the attending small town gossip.
Continuing in the “family tradition,” Cain’s great-great-great-great grandson Lamech killed a man too as seen in today’s verses from Genesis. Lamech was born 874 years after Creation. Sometime after that was when he committed the world’s second recorded murder. Lamech was Noah’s father, born 1056 years after Creation.
Genesis 5 is the Genealogy of Adam and his offspring. Then we get to Genesis 6, which is the prelude and explanation for the Flood, which happened 1656 years after Creation. Genesis 6 describes how the sons of God, who the Book of Enoch identifies as the Fallen Watchers (angels) decided to mate with human women, producing what we now call the Nephilim.
There were giants on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown. Genesis 6:4
God saw how wicked mankind had become and resolved to kill everyone except Noah and his family. The wickedness mention is not detailed, although I have no doubt it included sexual sins and all types of violence, including murder.
So, aside from The Fall, the only sin that gets specific mention is murder. More murder is implied in Genesis 6:4.
Why is it important to recognize this? Jesus told us so in Matthew 24.
For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39 and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. Matthew 24:38-39
End times will be preceded by events very like those described in Genesis 6; murder and overall wickedness.
What do we see happening right now? Increased lawlessness and murder. Crime rates and shootings have skyrocketed in the shadow of pandemic racial tensions. Matthew also provides some other detail about end times.
Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. 10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Matthew 24:9
Such things are happening now. See my recent article Thought Police, which describes a Massachusetts school board’s official, published policy of encourage students and faculty to rat out anyone over incidents of bias and microaggression. Obviously, those are subject to interpretation.
Murder. It’s how things really started going south after The Fall. It’s how things are degenerating now. Are we looking at harbingers of end times? It pays to watch as Jesus instructed us all to do, and then put our faith and our peace in God.