The Significance of Jabal and Jubal


Related both to The Significance of Tubal-Cain and Schism or Resurrection?

With Tubal-Cain as an artisan of the false Tabernacle, Jubal becomes the music director. This Tabernacle is at Firstfruits in the Adam-to-Noah pattern, which means that to be true it should have been a tent of silence. The Tabernacle of Moses is silent because it sits and listens to God. It is the submission of the “head.”

This Mosaic tent is always torn apart in the wilderness and rebuilt as a Tabernacle of David, with music and dancing and Gentile worshippers. A rebuilt Tabernacle sings a song of victory, like Miriam and Deborah on the other side of the trial. It is the response of the worshipping “body.” [1] This process transforms Siniatic Law into Deuteronomic Wisdom.

But this Tabernacle of Cain is already complete. Like Rome, like Protestant creed-idolaters, it thinks it needs no death-and-resurrection, no growth from childhood to maturity. It is already heaven on earth.

Perhaps Jabal’s tents and livestock are also significant here. Joseph’s exodus also follows the Feasts pattern, and he returned after great trials with a great caravan. Jabal had his kingdom without trials. He was an Esau, not a Jacob. Neither he nor his livestock would put their heads on the altar stone for a greater kingdom that was a ladder to heaven.

Lamech’s worship is the temple of Adam, the man who seizes the kingdom and forfeits true kingly wisdom.

[1] See also The Sacrifice of Praise and Hear, Think, Speak, Sing.

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2 Responses to “The Significance of Jabal and Jubal”

  • Angie Says:

    Children quite naturally run and jump, shout and chant and sing. One step on the way to maturity is, as Jesus says, to become as a little child, which includes humbling ourselves in His presence as we clap and sing and chant, kneel and raise our hands. It’s not easy for the cerebral creed-centered Presbyterian. But we are called put to death our own glory in order to glorify God–even when the Michals of the world watch with contemptuous sneers.

  • Mike Bull Says:


    Well said. I think the key is, as you mention, which glory it is that is our reason for singing.