4. Cain, Abel and Seth: Blood Brothers

Bible Stories for Big People

A Supernatural Overview 

The Bible is a fascinating read for many people. Others see it as irrelevant and contradictory. Still others think they know what’s inside, but they’ve never opened the cover to find out for themselves. And then there are those who actually experience it daily.

My sincere hope is that my new series, “Bible Stories for Big People,” will provide unexpected insight for all of the above, in a uniting kind of way. In a supernatural kind of way. — P.M.Y.

Previously …

3. Adam and Eve: Truth and Consequences  (Based on Genesis 2 and 3, New International Version 1985) https://prophecyconnections.wordpress.com/2015/04/30/adam-and-eve-truth-and-consequences/

“The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. And the Lord God said, ‘The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.’ So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life. (Genesis 3:21-24, New International Version)

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4. Blood Brothers (Based on Genesis 4:1-26)

After leaving the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve (Havah) experienced the formation and birth of their first child — a son named Cain, who became a farmer (“worked the soil”). Once again the writer of Genesis does not tell us how much time passed between Cain’s birth and the addition to the family of another son named Abel, who became a shepherd (“kept flocks”).

Apparently it had become customary for each member of the first family to bring offerings to the Lord. So Cain brought an offering from the vegetation that had grown from the soil he had worked. Abel also brought an offering — “fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock.”

For a reason that is not specifically made known by the writer of Genesis, the Lord “looked with favor” on the younger brother’s offering but NOT on the older brother’s offering. The result: Cain was VERY angry.

Here is how the Lord dealt with the situation, giving us a clue about his expectations:

Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your doorit desires to have you, but you must rule over it.” (Genesis 4:6-7, NIV)

Rather than learning and benefitting from the Lord’s teaching, this is how Cain reacted:

Now Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go out to the field.” While they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.

Just as the Lord had known about their biological father and mother’s original sin in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:8-9), he also knew about the sin committed by Cain:

Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?”

“I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?”

The Lord said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground. Now you are under a curse and driven from the ground, which opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. When you work the ground, it will no longer yield its crops for you. You will be a restless wanderer on the earth.” (Genesis 4:9-12)

But as the Lord had demonstrated his mercy and grace toward Cain’s father and mother (Genesis 3:12-24), he also provided physical protection for their son:

Then the Lord put a mark on Cain so that no one who found him would kill him. So Cain went out from the Lord’s presence and lived in the land of Nod, east of Eden. (Genesis 4:15-16)

And life on planet Earth continued on …

Adam made love to his wife again, and she gave birth to a son and named him Seth, saying, “God has granted me another child in place of Abel, since Cain killed him.” (Genesis 4:25)

Digging Deeper …

The writer of Hebrews, in the New Testament, gives insight into what happened between Cain and Abel:

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.

By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

By faith Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did. By faith he was commended as righteous, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead. (Hebrews 11:1-5, NIV)

It’s all about the blood!

In my humble opinion, THE MOST IMPORTANT FACT for individuals to grab and hang onto from Genesis 2-4 is that THE BLOOD (and DNA) that ran through Adam’s veins also gave life to thousands of his direct descendants. Let’s continue to follow that genetic “blood trail” …

COMING NEXT: Adam to Noah: Climbing the Family Tree

Copyright 2015, Paula Meiners Yingst

 

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