This is my first new post since I’ve started this blog. Anyway, no real need for an introduction, so Let’s a Go!
Today, we arrive at the aftermath of the big boot of Adam and Eve out of Eden. Adam and Eve birthed their first child Cain and soon after Abel. Now Cain was a farmer and Abel was a shepherd. I believe back then, there weren’t any ranking over such job titles, especially since there were apparently only four humans alive at the time. I don’t know exactly how it works though. Because of how the Bible is read, one would assume only four people, but I’m not exactly set on that. I feel it could possibly be more than just Adam and Eve’s people, but I’m not set on one side. For writing purposes, we will go along with only four people, though.
Now is the time to give an offering to God. Since they were aware to do this, I’m sure their parents thought Adam and Eve(or God) about offerings to God, else why would they do it? Abel gave the firstborn of his flock, which was very meaty(yum), and Cain gave some crops to God. God honored Abel for his worthy sacrifice, but was disappointed in Cain’s. But why? Abel’s offering was a great sacrifice as the firstborn of anything in the past was probably the most important. They’d probably have better breeding and it is more than likely a leader. It was also very meaty, let’s not forget that. God honors sacrifices more than anything. The best way to show Him love is by giving up something you really care about. That’s one reason some people(including me) give up other things on Lent besides food, meat, etc. I once gave up chips and soda at the same time. That was rough… Anyway, Cain only gave God some crops. It wasn’t his first harvest or his most plump, but just part of his everyday supply. God was not pleased. Cain got mad because God did not honor his offering, but greatly honored his little brother Abel.
God asks Cain what is his problem and Cain really doesn’t give a good answer, nor does he realize why God didn’t appreciate what he gave. Thus birthed the first hater and murderer. Cain killed his little brother because of rage and jealousy. When God asks where is Abel, Cain tries to play it off like he didn’t know what was going on. The infamous line “Am I my brother’s keeper” was said and I’m sure that angered God. Abel’s soul cried out to God and God cursed Cain. Cain is exiled and I don’t really understand the “earth shall not yield to your strength” part, but it may mean that this is the birth of farming being considered actual hard work. I read somewhere that this is the first curse in the Bible, but I always thought of what happened to Adam, Eve, and the snake to be the first curse. But then I thought about it; curses can be broken, but God completely reformatted the bodies and lives of the Adam, Even, and the snake, so it really can’t be considered a curse. So, God exiles Cain, but did not kill him. The Old Testament is sometimes dubbed as the Wrath of God era, where God does not play those games and if you go against him, you shall surely die. God still has sympathy as this point in time and allows Cain to live. Even after Cain cries and beg selfishly after receiving his curse (My punishment is more than I can bear), because he didn’t want to die after killing his little brother, God is lenient and protects him from anyone that may come after his head and they will be punished sevenfold if they dare(another reason why I feel there are more people on the Earth, but then again, maybe Adam and Eve had more children by this point. Who is to say?).
Now, Cain leaves and starts his own village in Nod. So either Cain married one of the unmentioned humans or he married his little sister or niece. Now comes one of the “boring” parts of the Bible where they just state the lineage of certain people. Begot…begot…begot. I used to think these were unimportant parts of the Bible, but now I feel something different. These parts state a time-skip of sorts; just showing how time has passed and fast forwarding to the next important storyline hero. Aside from that, we can also infer about things, depending on how the passages were worded. This particular part at the end of Genesis 4 tells how although Cain left the protection of the Lord, he still was allowed to produce a civilization which had farms, music, technology, and more. At the end, we see Lamech who is a jerk like his ancestor Cain and feels that God will just protect anyone who does wrong, so he killed, has two wives(which is only frowned upon back then), and hurts anyone he pleases. No sir, you shall pay…hopefully.
So we go back to Adam and Eve, they have another son named Seth and Eve is so happy that she has been blessed with another son, since her other two have left. It also seems like she doesn’t claim Cain anymore. Now heres the begot part again going from Seth all the way down to Noah. Please note the difference in this lineage vs Cain’s. This one has the amount of time they lived and when they died, Cain’s just continued from one man to the next. To me, it seems like Seth’s lineage is actually thought to be important, while Cain’s is just an addition to the world. One other thing to note is that some people in Seth’s lineage are told to have “walked with the Lord.” Pretty important, right? So at the end of chapter 5, we get to Lamech… Wait, again? This comparison is pretty strange. At the end of both, there was a Lamech. One who had two wives and hurt people and another on Seth’s side that walked with God. I don’t know the deal with this, but I personally think it’s pretty cool. We find out that good Lamech birthed Noah and Noah birthed his 3 sons and that is the end of Cain and Abel.
A few things I want to state that I didn’t earlier is the part with Cain and Abel. Many people go through life just giving God what he asks. “Oh he wants money, 10%? Ok, I’ll give him 10% of what I got in my bank account or 10% of what I allotted myself to spend and not save. Oh be nice to one another? Ok, I’ll be nice to my family and people who I want to be around, but that kid with no direction that I see everyday? He’ll be ok. Go to church? Sure I’ll go on important days or when I feel like it. All of these are basically the same thing as giving God any fruit you get out of the ground. We as a people should really start giving sacrifices to show God we really care. Not everyone will be able to reach the same levels in life and no one expects you to start instantly, but you and God know when you’re actually trying and when you’re just putting up face.
Another thing I want to mention is how caring God is and how He gives us so many chances to turn around and fix our mistakes. God informs Cain why his offering was not appreciated to the highest and the only thing Cain cared about was that it was not accepted. God also did not be angry with Cain until he killed Abel. Cain talked back to God, complained, and even lied to His face. Yet, God still showed his love and kept calm. Even when He finally exiled Cain, He still has pity for him and allowed him to live the rest of his days without worry. A lot of us take God for granted and I wish for everyone to just rethink your ways. Remember, God gives us many chances, so use them wisely and just work hard to improve daily.