So, yeah, wow, is there a LOT of confusion surrounding these verses in Genesis…“And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew. And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: (Now here comes the confusing part...) then began men to call upon the name of the Lord.” Genesis 4:25-26
So again, "Then began men to call upon the name of the LORD." Genesis 4:26. Now, if this refers to Divine worship it is not true. What was really BEGUN here was the profanation of the Name of the LORD. They began to call something ELSE by the Name of the LORD. The majority of the ancient Jewish commentators supply the omission of what is implied by the words "their gods"; basically saying that they called the stars and self made idols, which were their gods, by The Name of the LORD...and then worshipped them.
The Targum of Onkelos explains it like this, "then in his days the sons of men desisted from praying in the Name of the Lord." The Targum of Jonathan says, "That was the generation in whose days they began to err, and to make themselves idols, and surnamed their idols by the Name of the Word of the Lord." Then there is Kimchi, Rashi, and other ancient Jewish commentators who agree with this. Rashi says, "Then was there profanation in calling on the Name of the Lord." Jerome says that this was the opinion of many Jews in his days. Maimonides, in his Commentary on the Mishna (a constituent part of the Talmud), in A.D. 1168, in a long treatise on idolatry, gives the most probable account and that is of the origin of idolatry in the days of Enos. And, actually the name Enos agrees with this idolatry; for his name means frail, weak, sickly, incurable. The sons of men, as "Enosh", are so called for a similar reason (Job 7:17; Job 15:14. Psalm 9:20; Psalm 103:15. Daniel 2:43).
And think about this...If Jonathan, the grandson of Moses, became the first idolatrous priest in Israel (Judges 18:30), is it any wonder that Enos, the grandson of Adam, introduced idolatry among mankind. And then what ungodliness did Enoch, the seventh from Adam have to prophesy about in Jude 14-15, IF purity of worship was begun in the days of Enos, instead of profanation in calling the false gods by the Name of the Lord? Surely this is sufficient evidence that this profanation of the Name of the Lord was the reason why Enoch was raised up to prophesy against it.
Now with that said...know this...Saturn, Baal, Molech, and Nimrod (who can be found in Genesis 11), are identical in their myths and worship. Albeit Nimrod was an actual man, whereas the others are either fallen angels or high level demons, in any case they are ALL false gods. Throughout the Old Testament, beginning and during the conquering of Canaan in Numbers 25, and then persisting through the exile to Babylon, the LORD God warned and scolded the people of Israel for their worship of the hosts of heaven, and Saturn, Baal, and Molech, AND for making cakes to the “queen of heaven” (the wife of Baal) and weeping for Tammuz (their son). Ancient Israel’s fondness and devotion for the false god Saturn (et. al.) is well documented within the Word of God.
In Amos we read, "Have ye offered unto me sacrifices and offerings in the wilderness forty years, O house of Israel? But ye have borne the tabernacle of your Moloch and Chiun your images, the star of your god, which ye made to yourselves." Amos 5:26-27. And then the Holy Spirit thru Stephen in his address to the leaders of Israel said, "Then GOD turned, and GAVE THEM UP to worship the host of heaven; as it is written in the book of the prophets (Amos), O ye house of Israel, have ye offered to me slain beasts and sacrifices by the space of forty years in the wilderness? Yea, ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your god Remphan (Another name for Chiun, the false god represented by the planet Saturn), figures WHICH YE MADE to worship them..." Acts 7:42-43.
So we see that all the way back in the wilderness, and most likely prior to that in Egypt, some of the Israelites were worshipping the false god Saturn with the Black Cube, Saturn's star, the 6 pointed star, today commonly known as the star of David or the Seal of Solomon. David had no star! Solomon is another matter, as Solomon later in life went whole heartedly after the worship of this false god Saturn. Also they were taking up the tabernacle of the false god Moloch, causing their innocent children, as a process of Moloch worship, to be burned alive...this known in Scripture as passing thru the fire. Hence the LORD actually had to put this in the Law. Leviticus 18:21.
LORD willing, now you all have a better idea of how and when idolatry was introduced to humans.
In Ephesians 1:13 the Holy Spirit through the Apostle Paul declares that men are saved and sealed by hearing and BELIEVING the Word of Truth, the Gospel of your Salvation. Therefore, here, now, is declared unto you the Word of Truth, the Gospel of your Salvation: "that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures" 1 Corinthians 15:3-4. BELIEVE today. The time is short.
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The Lion and Lamb Ministry
Pastor David Picos, D.D.
Minister and Ambassador for Christ in the Ministry of Reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18-20)