He laid awake and said the name into the night. Lamech knew that he was not supposed to say this name, as it was sacred and not to be uttered by anyone. Methuselah was the only person that God gave permission to write His Ineffable Name and he never dared to speak the true name of God, ‘YHVH’, Yod, Heh, Vav, Heh as Methuselah felt that would be cause for certain death.
Methuselah’s son Lamech who would eventually become the father of Noah, saw the name that his father wrote and he wanted God to lift the curse that he had put on the ground after Cain committed his transgression of killing his brother. Lamech looked up at the heavens and thought that enough time had passed for God to have gotten over his anger and he figured it was time to say something because he was tired of toiling in the ground to cultivate his crops. Lamech uttered the Ineffable name and God spoke back to him, knowing what he wanted, and He said, “Since you spoke my name, you will die in the flood, but your son will survive and I will remove the curse that I placed upon the ground.
Written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie First Line Friday hosted by Dylan.