Genesis 4:18

       Genesis 4:18 “Now to Enoch was born Irad...”

       That’s it. No wife’s name, no ages. Nothing. ‘Irad,’ turns out, is an obsolete term in these modern times. Spelled עירד, aird, it’s gematria sums to 284. It has vague meanings having to do with law, law makers and defenders. Its root is עיר, iyr, as a noun it means ‘city’ or ‘town,’ and as a verb, ‘to urbanize.’ With a letter interchange also summing 284, the word עדיר, adir, suggests land cultivation, like ‘hoeing.’


       The temurah of Irad reveals letters ז מ ג ק which sum to 150. One word with this number is כעס, kaas, ‘anger, wrath, fury,’ and with different vowel points the verb, ‘to be angered, vexed.’


       With Enoch as the root, Irad is another branch. While still carrying the accrued angst, shame and anger of the ancestors, we gather together to form clans into crude communities for defense and survival. We begin land cultivation and some sort of despotic civil structure with rules and laws (to protect the despot, naturally). All this is hard work over centuries for a rude existence which also cultivates the attendant frustrations and vexations with learning the harsh forces and laws of nature misunderstood.


       Genesis 4:18 (cont’d) “...and Irad was the father of Mehujael,...”

       This father and son list from the line of Cain is for the sole purpose of delineating spiritual forces with physical effects suggested as roots and branches and disguised as characters. What other reason for such a list that makes no mention of wives or other sons and daughters if it were a true descendancy of actual people?


       Mehujael, מחויאל, sums to 95 by gematria. The frustration, anger and vexation rooted from Irad now finds a new vein of expression in Mehujael. Number 95 calls up מאדים, mars, the mythical personification with root expressions in ‘strength, might and vehemence.’ The verb המן, hahman, ‘to be turbulent’. Paul F. Case suggests this refers to the restless activity associated with Mars. And, Hebrew letter Peh (פ), spelled out in plenitude as פה הה, PH HH, equals 95 and expresses total Martial activity in that all four letters of the full spelling of Peh are Mars related.


       The root of Mehujael is מח, mech, meaning ‘to protest, destroy, wipe out, efface, erase.’ Mehujael was later to evolve into the name Michael. Religions were later to equate the Archangel Michael with fiery strength and force.


       It would seem that the previous energies enumerated from Adam, through Cain and his line, who turned from the Spirit of the Creator and the voice of Conscience, would need fortresses and armies if they believed they were to survive. All around him early man perceived potential enemies and destruction, as he himself harbored the same toward others. Everyone was wary of their environment.


       Genesis 4:18 (cont’d) “...and Mehujael was the father of Methushael...”

       Methushael in Hebrew is spelled מתושאל, metushal (777), and the first two letters, מת, met, means ‘dead, deceased, lifeless, extinct, dying, corpse, necro, dust.’ The last three letters, שאל, shaal, is the verb ‘to ask, question, to query.’ Breaking down words, like this name, to discover root words is called Theosophical Articulation. A Literal Qabalist, when putting these words together, might conclude a query into death and dying and the meaning behind it; the early fundamentals of a religious or priest cult.

     It is interesting to note that 777 sums to 14 and reduces again to the root 5, the number of Sphere, Geburah, the sphere of Mars and continuing that Martial influence. Also summing to 777 is עולם הקליפות, olahm ha-qlippoth, ‘the World of Shells or Demons’. Qabalistic commentary records that this is another name for Assiah, the material world or the world of action. It is the world of matter, made up of the grosser elements of the other three worlds. In it also is the abode of the evil spirits, called shells by the Qabalah.


       The name מתושאל, metushal, may be a Babylonian root, and Antoine Fabre D'Olivet translates this name "death's fathomless pit", or "abyss of death" (i.e. שאל, sheol). D'Olivet (1767-1825) was an author and commentator of Biblical and Hermetic writings which influenced Eliphas Levi, Papus and others.


       What the original Qabalistic author might have suggested by this string of roots and branches is mankind’s natural tendency in the order of growing clans toward a crude civilization, and at some point coming to question the reasons behind his life, being, and the world at large. This account of the descendancy of Cain’s line does not imply that mankind is inherently evil. Cain’s line is still carrying the seed of God Almighty at his center, however latent. The line of Cain describes humanity when we humans turn from our conscience, the ‘voice’ that connects us with the Creator. Much was and is accomplished through mankind’s efforts, just look around, but the going gets more strenuous when we feel there is never enough for our precious selves and conclude we must fight and kill for our survival (just look around), and even beseech some god or gods to win favors with doing so. The ‘earthly’ gods and the primitive forms of worship were as violent as every other aspect of those very early cultures.


       Genesis 4:18 (cont’d) “...and Methushael was the father of Lamech.”

       Having carefully researched this term/name למך, Lamech, several dictionaries gave up the same suggestions: ‘good for nothing, fool, clumsy, lummox’ and ‘to become impoverished.’ Also summing to 90 is עזוז, yezuz, ‘strong, powerful’ and ‘force, fierceness’. It would seem that the Martial line continues with this Lamech albeit inhabited with a sort of dim wit. A lot of those around still today. Who says they all perished in the Flood? Following the next verses regarding this Lamech the definitions would seem indicative to proving out this aspect of the story. The name Lamech appears again under the descendants of Seth, Adam’s third son. This is the second time that a same name appears in both descendancies, Enoch being the first example. There is reason for this which will be elaborated upon when both names appear again under Seth. For now, there is this…

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