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And Lamech took unto him two wives: the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah. And Adah bare Jabal: he was the father of such as dwell in tents, and of such as have cattle. And his brother’s name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ. And Zillah, she also bare Tubal-cain, an instructer of every artificer in brass and iron: and the sister of Tubal-cain was Naamah. (Genesis 4:19~22)
Farmer Who Bears Fruits of Thankfulness
There is a lady who has recently begun to attend our church. She gave a testimony during the women’s meeting saying that she was divorced two years ago. One day, while I was having spiritual counseling with her, I came to know why she was divorced. She said that things her husband was doing did not fit her at all, and she could not take it anymore. But afterwards, this lady received salvation and changed, thinking, “I was so arrogant to my husband! I tried to fit my husband into my mold!” She deeply regretted having done this. I called her husband and arranged a meeting with the couple. The wife begged for forgiveness from her husband and the couple decided to reunite. They were so happy to be together again, and the husband joyfully comes to our church every Sunday. It was so good and it was so beautiful. The sister said, “Pastor, my children are so happy and excited about this! My mother-in-law and my own mother are also happy!” She could not hide her joy and thankfulness. Her mother, who lives on Jeju Island, came on an airplane to see me and thank me. That day, I preached the gospel to her and she rejoiced as she received salvation. Now she is serving God at the Jeju church. In my ministry, I always have the heart, “God is a farmer who bears fruits of thankfulness.” Our church members had always lived inside of their own ambitions and desires, but one day they met Jesus. I see how their lives have changed through Jesus entering their hearts and how thankful-things continually happen. A farmer, who grows apples, prepares to produce good apples and works tirelessly to produce them. One who grows oranges prepares to produce good oranges and works tirelessly to produce them. God works to produce fruits of thankfulness in our lives. It is so amazing that whoever meets God has a thankful heart springing up inside of them. Before I knew Jesus, I thought I was great and acted arrogantly though there was nothing I knew how to do. I lived being led by the ambitions of the flesh. Therefore, I caused much harm and hardship to those around me and I hurt their feelings. But after Jesus entered my heart, a peace others could not know of entered my heart. I could not defeat plagues, sins, temptations, or fears, but Jesus defeated all plagues, sins, temptations, and fears. And He allowed peace to take a place in my heart. Therefore, my heart could only be at peace and be joyful.
The Path the Three Sons of Lamech Walked
We try to find peace through ourselves not committing sin and through trying to do well. Sure, you can work hard and make money. You can gain a high position, have a good home, and buy a good car, but there is no peace there. You will be joyful for about a year if you buy a new house. You will be joyful for a few months if you buy a new car. You will be happy for a few days if you wear a good suit. However, those things are not joys that arise from the center of your heart. They quickly fade and you once again feel thirsty. God is showing us our lives through the lives of the sons of Lamech, who lived outside of God, in Genesis chapter 4. It was a life after Adam and Eve departed from God. The lives of the sons of Lamech are clearly showing us the kind of life we will walk. It is teaching us something extremely important. Lamech had three sons. The first son was Jabal, the second Jubal, and third was Tubal-cain. Jabal became the father of all who dwelled in tents and herded sheep, Jubal became the father of those who handle the harp and organ, and Tubal-cain became an instructor of every artificer in brass and iron. In other words, Jabal became a rancher, Jubal a musician, and Tubal-cain a blacksmith.
1) Jabal’s Choice
I thought about why Jabal became a rancher. As he grew up, he saw that his family was living in need and that his parents had difficulty raising his younger siblings. Jabal’s priority was to eat and survive. In order to eat and live well, Jabal diligently herded sheep and fed cattle. He built tents from cow hide and it was his joy to provide his parents with comfort and to provide his siblings with a place in which they could comfortably live. Jabal was joyful when he made clothes from wool that kept his brothers warm. And he was happy when his family would feast on lamb meat and cow milk. Jabal lived for food, clothing, and shelter.