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Then Lamech took for himself two wives: the name of one was Adah, and the name of the second was Zillah. … And as for Zillah, she also bore Tubal-Cain, an instructor of every craftsman in bronze and iron. (Genesis 4:19, 22)

The Lamech mentioned here is not to be confused with the father of Noah mentioned later in Genesis 5. This man was a descendant of Cain who, by the way, is the first person mentioned in Scripture to have multiple wives. His second wife, Zillah, bore a child named Tubal Cain, which means “to issue forth from Cain.” More importantly, the Hebrew text suggests that this man was the “forger of every cutting instrument of copper and iron.” In other words, apparently he improved upon what Cain had started; taking things and transforming them into weapons. Tubal Cain, a metal smith, created iron and bronze weapons of war.

In fact, there are some who argue that his name might be the inspiration for the  mythological god Vulcan (Vul-Cain). The word volcano (where Vulcan supposedly forged his weapons) comes from this word. But if Tubal Cain was a maker of weapons, who were these weapons to be used against? I will argue that they were fashioned in order to wage war against God’s people because, again, Tubal Cain was improving upon what Cain had started — striking against the righteous seed.

Couple this with the fact that the word translated “bronze” or “copper” is נחשת  n’choshet, stemming from the root נחש nachash or “serpent.” This strongly implies that, early on, the Adversary and his seed worked to fashion weapons that were designed to destroy God’s people. His strategy has not subsided with the years; he continues to form weapons against us. But we have a promise from the Father that:

“No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from Me,” Says the Lord.” (Isaiah 54:17)

In the coming days, it will be important to remember this promise so, that in the day of adversity, we will be able to stand against his attacks.

Blessings and Shalom,  





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