We sure don’t know much about Enos in a literary sense. He is introduced in the Bible in Genesis 4:26, where it says:
“And to Seth,..was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the Name of the Lord.”
The Bible is quite the concise book. It is remarkable in this fashion. However terse and laconic the text is though, one of the interesting features of the Bible, not at all recognized by its scholars and men of exegesis, is the many implications inferred by its compact descriptions.
Indeed, there is a good deal to be implied and inferred from the Bible, than to be literally understood, by its succinctness.
Certainly, for example, the shortest verse in the Bible, can be extrapolated a good deal more than its brevity, by reading into the implications and inferences from this verse ….which reads:
“Jesus wept” (John 11:35).
This simple, yet incredibly brief remark, gives pause and vent to any objective reader who can then envision the pathos and poignancy of Jesus when contemplating the tragedy that had befallen his very good friend, Lazarus. We cannot imagine quite, the grief visited upon Jesus or his thoughts, particularly preceding his own death soon afterwards, and how deeply Jesus might have been shaken emotionally by this loss, by only, the words, “Jesus wept.”
But we could more easily extrapolate implications and inferences from the context of this account so that we can see into the very heart of Christ, that as his sister pointed out, if Jesus had been there earlier, Lazarus would have never died.
It was then that we learn that a much greater hope emerges from this untimely death which Jesus addressed, “I am the Resurrection and the Life: he that believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.”
Yes, the physical presence of Jesus would have saved Lazarus about three days earlier, though Lazarus later would die again later, because of his human mortality. But the greater point is, that with the spiritual presence of Jesus the Quickening Spirit, the dead will be raised by resurrection unto Life, in which death will not ever occur again.
Thus, with the instance of Enos, we can then determine by textual implications and Biblical and extra-Biblical sources, additional inferences.
The Genesis 4:26 text implies that before Enos, there was no standard nor orderly fashion of preaching established. The practice of prophesying or preaching, had not yet been established as a systematic method of reaching humankind for being awakened unto the Lord God. Since mankind’s sin of eating the Fruit of the Knowledge of Good and Evil that occurred in the Garden of Eden, unless man’s sins were acknowledged and amended, the great separation from man and God defined the state of man’s condition.
Hence, Enos became the first preacher.
It was by this preaching by Enos, that men who heard him, became convicted by sin, and started then to repent, and “call upon the Name of the Lord” (Genesis 4:26). This practice of “calling upon Yahweh,” the Monotheistic God, was already in contrast with the polytheism practiced by Cain, in the Land of Nod.
Singularly as well, ancient Jewish rabbins and sources indicate that men then rationalized, around that time, that since God had created the heavenly lights, stars, and heavenly bodies, that these planetary and space phenomena had to have some role in controlling the world, or cosmos of men, and corresponding events. Thus, mankind then started ascribing qualities of deity to such marvels of the atmosphere. This practice extended well beyond the Antediluvian Age, into the Patriarchal Age following Noah. It is noted that Abraham himself, was an astrologer, or star gazer, or Magi (the same Magi society existed of which later members gave homage to the Christ-child) of some repute in Ur of the Chaldees, before YWHW called him.
The deacon Stephen cites this idolatry later in more modern times when he referred to “the star of your god Remphan”…(Acts 7:43).
Enos, who was a son of Seth, who became the very “first Preacher of righteousness” when he preached that men “should call upon the Name of the Lord.” It is also implied by the meaning of the text, that…“men were to call themselves by the Name of the Lord.” This very notation, derived from the Easton’s Bible Dictionary, is in many of the margins in our larger or what are called marginal Bibles. In other words, the hearers of Enos became followers of Yahweh (or, YHWH, for purists), which is the Name of the Lord.
The Lord God had to then, “raise up a standard,” in which His Worship had to be re-introduced, or renewed, to withstand further apostasy. The Lord did so with the “foolishness of preaching” (1 Corinthians 1:21).
The designation of “men of Yahweh,” or “sons of God,” was to make distinct and discrete the differences that they had with the Seed of Cain, or those having his “mark.” A “mark,” in Biblical terms, denotes a special identity. In this case, the “mark” of Cain denoted the “seed of the Serpent,” and the children of Seth, the “seed of the woman” (Genesis 3:15). It is apparent from the text then, that the children of Cain, who resided in the Land of Nod, may not have kept altogether separate from the children of Seth, or vice-versa.
Enos was calling out this apostasy then. He preached an event, or events, of certain destruction if this was to continue. This is borne out by the fact, that both Adam and Seth, foretold of a “water,” and a “fire” judgment, long before Noah talked about it, and very long before, the Apostle Peter wrote about a fire judgment in his epistle.
Thus, as Paul called it, the “foolishness of preaching” started with Enos.
This “preaching” business requires some study.
THE BUSINESS OF “PREACHING”
A lot of Christian folk believe that their respective church leader, or pastor, “preaches” every week. This is not necessarily true, at all. Preaching, as an activity in the Bible, involved public proclamation of either a truth, or a revelation of a truth, and/or a significant future event, and then prophesying about it, with a hoped-for result of avoiding the consequences of not obeying the revelation or truth of God, marked by an upcoming event impacting those who do not believe the message of the preacher.
We see examples of this throughout the Bible narrative. But when it comes to modern “preaching” in comparison to the Bible narratives, we dismiss the obvious discrepancies and “cop-out,” by varying degrees of excuse-making and outright unbelief that our present preaching is really… not preaching,… and woefully insufficient.
The conundrum about “modern preaching” is that, well, no “prophesying” is involved.
Biblical preaching involved “prophesying,” that is, speaking in a prophetical or miraculous manner, whereas, “current” preaching does not at all subscribe that their preaching as being miraculous, or for that matter, not particularly inspirational… THEN WE DO NOT HAVE REAL PREACHING, or in reality, …any preaching at all…
To “prophesy,” is to foretell future events. To have an inspired Message, is to foretell future events to occur so that men and women can prepare for such events and changes.
Enos had such a Message.
However, no modern or current preacher, and most of the preaching in Gentile Church history, has never featured this quality of prophesying, or preaching with divine unction, in predicting with accuracy, future events.
Nor do our modern preachers have any kind of pertinent “message.”
The word for “preaching” in English, comes from the Latin word, praedicare. In breaking down this word, we find that:
prae = BEFORE, or BEFOREHAND.
dicare = declare, or proclaim.
Literally then, to “preach” is to “proclaim or declare something before it occurs.” It also signifies simply, to “declare before…an audience.” But anyone can proclaim some declaration in a public setting… but who is going to listen to that? What is the significance of such?
Modern preachers do that every week, and their listeners go to sleep in the pews on them!!!
Actions speak louder than words then… The “preaching” of modern preachers is NOT significant, nor inspirational to the extent of transforming lives and unbelief into genuine faith. Indeed again, it is NOT BIBLICAL PREACHING!
However, if they are “proclaiming some event before it occurs,” and warn of impending destructions, then that is sure to attract some attention particularly, if the sins and faults of a people under such a judgment or destruction are addressed as the root and problem of such a correction and repentance is offered, to amend behaviours and to ameliorate the destructions or judgments.
This latter is exactly the Biblical meaning.
The same Latin word, praedicare… can be altered slightly to praedicere,… and that means…”to make known beforehand,” or the English word, “to predict.”
A good example of preaching nowadays, was my last blog…
In this blog, I made the reader aware of things that I declared…eleven years ago…
Times and things NOW are exactly what I said that they would be THEN… And that reader, is what “preaching” entails…
If you upheld this standard of true preaching, then you would see very quickly, how few, very few, do preach, or for that matter, know how to…preach… A lot of people have put false hopes into such a preaching corps: whom, don’t know anything about preaching; do not how to preach; and cannot,… preach.
Alas, that is the corporate system of Christianity… so far removed from the New Testament and Biblical pattern…
If your faith is built upon man; if your faith is built upon error… then what kind of faith is it?
The way most people act, their faith is less than that of devils, or demons, according to the Apostle and Lord’s brother, James (James 2:19). This means that their measure of faith does not even come up to the standards of Evil Spirits. Who needs demon-possessed people, when such a quality of faith is substantially less than, that of demons?
I mean, the devils “tremble.” But certainly there is NO FEAR OF GOD NOWADAYS…among such professors.
Reader, we do LIVE IN PERILOUS TIMES. In fact, the world of its inhabitants are more mentally ill, morally depraved, and spiritually unsound, than at any other time in human history!
Real faith is not… maybe so, cudda-be, wudda-be, wannabe, or “hope so,”… or fake assumptions with false assurances. Real faith is a deep, abiding, great conviction and greater assurance that the revelation that you have from God is, absolutely GENUINE.
Real faith comes… “from hearing the Word of the Lord.” Just like Paul said in Romans 10:8 and Romans 10:17.
Now note, that when Paul wrote this, and preached this, he did not quote from a manuscript of scripture, as the many rolls of manuscript were not practicable to carry around….
…NOR DID ENOS…
They both spoke by the inspiration of the Spirit of God.
Here is a brief chart below describing what I am talking about.
|Preacher, or one called out, to “prophesy”||Particular revelation or truth revealed.||To avert a coming event:||Result of such preaching.|
TO CALL OUT A PEOPLE FOR THE “NAME OF THE LORD.”
TO ADMONISH THE PEOPLE OF SETH NOT TO INTEGRATE WITH THE SEED OF CAIN.
THE PEOPLE BECAME CORRUPTED.
TO CALL OUT A REMNANT.
FOREWARNED OF A “FLOOD” THAT WOULD DESTROY THE WORLD.
|THE WORLD WAS OVERCOME WITH WATER.|
|JONAH||TO CALL A CITY TO REPENTANCE.||OF AN IMMINENT DESTRUCTION.||THE CITY REPENTED AND AVOIDED DESTRUCTION.|
|ISAIAH/ JEREMIAH||TO CALL GOD’S PEOPLE TO REPENTANCE.||OFFERING REFUGE FROM IMPENDING JUDGMENTS UPON THE JEWISH POLITY.||THOSE WHO RESPONDED WERE PROTECTED BY GOD.|
|MINOR PROPHETS||TO CALL GOD’S PEOPLE TO REPENTANCE.||OFFERING REFUGE FROM IMPENDING JUDGMENTS UPON THE JEWISH POLITY.||THOSE WHO RESPONDED WERE PROTECTED BY GOD.|
JOHN THE BAPTIST
|TO CALL GOD’S PEOPLE TO REPENTANCE AND REMISSION OF SIN.||OFFERING REFUGE FROM IMPENDING JUDGMENTS UPON THE JEWISH POLITY.||THOSE WHO RESPONDED WERE PROTECTED BY GOD.|
|JESUS OF NAZARETH||TO CALL GOD’S PEOPLE TO REPENTANCE AND REMISSION OF SIN BY HIS GOSPEL COVENANT.||OFFERING REFUGE FROM IMPENDING JUDGMENTS UPON THE JEWISH POLITY. TO SECURE SALVATION OF THOSE WHO BELIEVE.||THOSE WHO RESPONDED WERE PROTECTED BY GOD, AND SAVED FROM THEIR SINS TO A FUTURE LIFE|
Hence, all these who were “called out” to preach, were given a Message, a Mission, and the gift of prophesying and prophecy, to warn a constituency, to tell of an impending reckoning, and to secure those who would believe the Message to a refuge of safety, or to be sealed unto life eternal.
You see then, that “real” preaching is not a “light” matter, but involves the greatest gravity and sobriety of purpose and mental powers.
Which kind of preaching, would you really want to hear, if your life depended on it?
Which kind of preaching, would you really want to hear, if your eternal life depended on it?
Thanks for reading.
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