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Call upon the Name of the Lord

August 05, 2019
By Martin Luther

To Seth also a son was born, and he called his name Enosh. At that time people began to call upon the name of the LORD.

GENESIS 4:26

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Call upon the Name of the Lord

Here a most excellent definition is given of what it means to worship God, namely, to call upon the name of the Lord, a work or act of worship in the First Table, which contains the commandments about the true worship of God [Exodus 20:3-8]. But calling upon the name of the Lord includes the preaching of the Word, faith or trust in God, confession, etc. . . . Thus after the commotion occasioned by Cain in Adam's household the generation of the godly gradually increases, and a small church is formed in which Adam, as high priest, rules everything by the Word and sound doctrine. . .. Furthermore, the fact that Moses does not say "calling upon the Lord was begun" but "upon the name of the Lord" is correctly regarded as a reference to Christ. . .. From this arises the excellent thought that at that time men began to call upon the name of the Lord, that is, that Adam, Seth, Enosh exhorted their descendants to wait for their redemption, to believe the promise about the woman's Seed and through that hope to overcome the treachery, the crosses, the persecutions, the hatreds, the wrongs, etc., of the Cainites; not to despair about their salvation but rather to thank God, who one day would deliver them through the woman's Seed.

 

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