Parson to Person - Jabal, Jubal and Tubal
Over the years, I have always been attracted to humor and comedy teams like “Larry, Moe and Curly” or “Groucho, Harpo and Chico”. I myself had a comedy band of country bumpkins named Fred, Moe and Zeke.
Recently, I read a passage of scripture in Genesis 4 about a man named Lamech. Lamech was seventh generation from Adam. He had three sons named Jabel, Jubal and Tubal. The names attracted my comical side, but these three sons were not to be taken as humor.
Jabel was the father of those who live in tents and raise livestock (Genesis 4:20). Now, Abel started caring for sheep, but Jabel, his nephew, developed shepherding. He cared for and raised cattle, sheep and who knows what else. Here, we see the first nomadic living and the pattern of shepherding.
Second, we have the brother Jubal. He was the father of all who played stringed instruments and pipes (Genesis 4:21). All who have a love for music should appreciate the one who started it all. Some commentators say he wrote music as well.
Later, we will see other scriptures such as the Psalms giving instructions for worship and praise. Psalm 98:4, “Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth, burst into jubilant song.”
We have been blessed with the gift of music through many concerts and bands yet to see it begin with a man named Jubal.
Third, there was a man named Tubal, or actually Tubal-Cain. We are told he formed all kinds of tools out of bronze and iron (Genesis 4:22).
Here, we see the first blacksmith who formed many of the early tools for farming and probably for war.
These three brothers’ gifts and talents have affected all mankind with shepherding, music and tool making.
We often look at scripture for spiritual gifts, but look at the gifts and talents here. How are we using our gifts and talents for the glory of God?
A concert violinist had a brother who was a brick layer.
One day, a woman rushed to the bricklayer, “It must be wonderful to be in a family with such a famous violinist.”
Then, not wanting to insult the bricklayer she said, “Of course, we don’t all have the same talents, and even in a family, some just seem to have more talent than others.”
The bricklayer said, “You’re telling me! That violinist brother of mine doesn’t know a thing about laying bricks. And if he couldn’t make money playing that fiddle of his, he couldn’t hire a guy with know-how like mine to build a house. If he had to build a house himself he’d be ruined.”
If you want to build a house, you don’t want a violinist. And if you’re going to lead an orchestra, you don’t want a bricklayer.
None of us are exactly alike. None of us have every gift and ability. Our responsibility is to exercise the gifts we have, not the ones we wish we had.
Praise the Lord for our everyday gifts and talents. Let us use them for the glory of God.