This One

This One

02 January 2010


28 When Lamech was 182 years old, he had a son. 29 He named him Noah, saying, “This one will give us a break from the hard work of farming the ground that God cursed.” (Genesis 5:28-29 MSG)

It’s hard to tell from the text what kind of relationship most of these people had with God. Two generations earlier, Enoch had such a close and steady relationship with God that God took him to heaven alive, skipping death altogether. In Noah’s generation God saw that human evil was out of control.

But when a son was born to tenth-generation Lamech, Lamech named him Noah and prophesied that “This one will give us a break from the hard work of farming the ground that God cursed.” (See Genesis 3:17-19 for the curse)

I looked ahead in the story to the place where Noah brought his family out of the ark, after the flood, and worshipped God with a sacrifice and found that God reversed the curse, just as Lamech had spoken when Noah was born and named.

God smelled the sweet fragrance and thought to himself, “I’ll never again curse the ground because of people. I know they have this bent toward evil from an early age, but I’ll never again kill off everything living as I’ve just done.” (Genesis 8:21 MSG)

Spoken words are powerful. Spoken words, especially words spoken by one in authority or spoken into a relationship, have the power to create or destroy, to bless or curse, to set in motion powerful forces for good or bad. Lamech spoke words over his son Noah that were fulfilled by God himself hundreds of years later.

Words I speak can encourage, bless, strengthen, and empower. They can also discourage, demoralize, curse, and weaken those I speak to and about. I’ve been working on this for some time now, but this year I renew my commitment and I will intensify my efforts to speak words that bless and create, encourage and empower.


Father, I purpose to speak powerful, life-blessing words to those I serve, those I lead, those I love, and those I influence. I purpose to use my influence and opportunities to instruct, encourage, and empower those who hear. Fill me with your Spirit so that my words are Spirit words. I want to bless and create and build. In Jesus’ Name.

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