19 Lamech married two women. The first was named Adah, and the second was Zillah…. 22 Zillah also had a son, Tubal-Cain, who forged all kinds of tools out of bronze and iron. Tubal-Cain’s sister was Naamah.
Adah and Zillah are the first “sister wives” of the bible.
Both women were married to a man by the name of Lamech. He was part of Cain’s genealogy, last week we talked about Cain’s unnamed wife, read more here.
Zillah had a daughter named Naamah. She is the first daughter to be recorded.
Adah, Zillah and Naamah come as a packaged deal….
3-4-1 if you will.
It does not say how long they were married before he took a second wife.
I wonder if Adah was in agreement or if she put up a fight and lost. Or maybe they were all married at the same time. 1 or “ornament”2. Her name gives me the impression that she must have been a beautiful woman. This makes sense considering that it’s only been 6 or 7 generations since Adam and Eve so humans are still close to perfect beauty.
The passage doesn’t give much information about Adah except to mention that she had two boys. These boys are special because they had skills that advanced the civilization of their time. In verse 20 we read that her first born Jabal raised livestock. Jubal, the second son born to Adah is named in verse 21; he is said to be a musician who played the flute and harp. Jubal was quite the cultured one.
Zillah is Lamech’s second wife. Her name is said to mean “shadow”3. What a dark name. The word shadow makes me think of darkness; of secrets lurking in the “shadows”.
Did Zillah feel that her life was a shadow? Maybe life as a sister wife wasn’t as bright as Lamech made it out to be.
Zillah also had a son. He is mentioned in verse 22. His name was Tubal-Cain, a reminder of who their ancestor is. He created tools out of bronze and iron. It’s interesting because the passage says that Lamech boasted of using his son’s tools as weapons to murder and that he’d be more untouchable than Cain.
Lamech’s ruthlessness makes me think that both Adah and ZIllah were not God fearing women. They married into Cain’s blood line which because of Cain’s decisions generations early was far from the Lord.
Naamah is Zillah’s daughter. Her name means pleasant. I like that meaning for a name. I hope she was “pleasant“3.
It’s interesting to me that she was recorded in the Genesis chapter 4. She’s the first daughter to be named. I trust that God placed her there for a reason however from my research it appears that scholars are unsure. There seems to be some controversy surrounding Naamah: who she really was and why she was mentioned in the scripture to begin with. If you would like to read some of the those theories check out the links below.
This grieves my heart because by association and family ties Adah, Zillah and Naamah are also condemned to God’s wrath.
It’s totally relateable to us today because how many of us allow others decisions and choices to bring us down? How often are we affected by the shrapnel that shoots into our lives cutting and bruising us as a result of an explosion in someone else’s life?
The good news is simple! There may be explosive material flying around you but when you are in Christ you will be protected by His hand. Someone else’s condemnation does not need to be yours.
God has promised us that “there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” Romans 8:1!
Are you in Christ?!
If your answer is YES! Then no matter what comes, no matter your family ties, associations or lineage, YOU ARE FREE IN CHRIST!!!
If your answer is NO! Then let today be the day that you cry out to God and ask Jesus to set you free! He will! He died to set you free!My Prayer for you:
Lord help us set up boundaries in our lives to protect us from others decisions. I pray Father God that you may cover those reading this today. That Adah, Zillah and Naamah’s story may speak to their hearts. Lord I pray for those reading this who do not know you as their savior, I ask that as you knock on the door of their hearts they may open their hearts to you and allow you to transform their lives. Thank you Jesus for your sacrifice, your forgiveness, salvation and protection. In Jesus name, Amen.
Memory Verse: Romans 8:1
Romans 8:1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.