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It’s good to see you and I hope you are enjoying the site! This will be part 4 in this series of posts. If this is your first visit to the site, you may benefit by reading the first three posts of this series. You will find them in the sidebar to the right under recent posts!
Last post, we left when God places the cherubim to guard and keep Adam and Eve from returning to the Garden and eating from the tree of life. Let’s return, shall we, and see what happens next? Yes?
Ok! Here we go!
“Well,” Adam sighs as both Eve and he look back towards the entrance to the Garden, which is slowly disappearing in the distance, “Looks like we messed up bad, huh?” He hitches his load and begins to slowly make his way up the incline and through the barren, rocky terrain they find themselves entering.
“I suppose so,” Eve responds, in a breathless expulsion of air, as she struggles with her smaller but necessary load of fruit and berries. “Do you think God will ever speak to us again?” she questions as they both trudge onward.
“No idea, but I hope so. We best find someplace to settle and build shelter because it’s gettin’ late,” he suggests, as the sweat begins to run down his forehead and into his eyes for the first time in his life, “The animals seem different somehow, and I feel that they are looking at us in a way that is discomforting to me.” They continue onward as the sun begins to get closer to the horizon.
“Yeah,” Cain mutters when they are deep into his field, “and just for making me look bad in front of God, I’m going to kill you!”
They keep up their pace for several hours until they are fearful to go any further. Darkness begins to cover the land and the chill in the air begins to seep more deeply into their bones.
“Let’s camp over there under that tree, build a fire, and eat some of that fruit before we try to sleep, I’m starving!” Adam suggests while Eve continues on towards the tree he had pointed to. She slowly and with unaccustomed stiffness — lowers her leather skin pouch — made from the leftover skins from which God had fashioned their first real garments. The next morning, they set out again and finally settle into a nice area beside a stream that appears large enough to be flowing year around.
Much later, Adam and Eve are intimate and they later have a son from that union whom they name Cain. Eve turns to Adam and joyfully exclaims, “God has helped me to produce a man!” After more time passes, she produces another son for Adam and names him — Abel. As Able grows older, his calling is to become a shepherd of his own flock. Cain is drawn to the fields and cultivates them. When the time comes, Cain takes some of the produce that he has cultivated from the soil of his field and presents it to Lord God as an offering. Abel also presents to God some of his most prized animals from his flock along with their portions of fat.
God is very, very pleased with Abel’s offering to Him and shows his pleasure in it. Cain’s offering, however, not so much — no, not at all. Cain becomes infuriated with God over this and becomes very sullen, hostile, bitter, and morose.
After a time, God speaks to Cain, “Hey, what’s causing you to look so down in the mouth? Change your attitude and motivations, son, for offering your sacrifices to me and won’t I accept you also?” Then God continues, “But Cain, listen to me now— if you don’t change that selfish and self-seeking attitude, you are going to fall deeply under the power of the sin that is ready to pounce right on top of you and devour you.”
God continues to look at the prideful and arrogant look on Cain’s features and continues, “Cain, sin would like nothing better than to take complete control over your thinking for that is its purpose and desire. The choice is completely yours and it’s on your head to master it.”
For some reason this just seems to set and hard-mold Cain’s attitude completely for the worse.
Later, Cain is talking to his brother Able and invites him to follow along into his field. Able says, “Sure, big brother, I have my flock fed and nothing really to do for the rest of the day so this will be a good time for us to get together!” Able then continues, “Actually, we need this because you and I haven’t had much fellowship together since we both prepared our sacrifices for God!”
“Yeah,” Cain mutters when they are deep into his field, “and just for making me look bad in front of God, I’m going to kill you!” Cain promptly overpowers his younger brother and kills him, shedding his blood right then and there. Later, God calls out to Cain, who isn’t exactly overjoyed to hear His voice.
“Cain…Cain, where is your brother, Able?” God questions when he comes up on him. Cain feels the all-knowing gaze of God’s all-seeing eyes upon him as he looks at the ground in absolute dread and replies sarcastically through false bravado, “How would I know, do I look like my brother’s keeper?”
“Cain, what is it that you have done!” God announces with the tone of righteous accusation, “I hear your brother’s blood calling out to me from the very ground beneath your feet!”
Cain can only stand there, frozen in silence and dread but holding onto his sullen arrogance and pride as God continues, “You are now cursed and alienated from this very ground that was soaked with your brother’s blood and that swallowed it up and took it into itself!” God then points His finger at Cain and finishes the curse, “This land will never produce a crop for you again so you will be forced to become a wanderer, restlessly moving from place to place throughout the world.”
Cain looks up at God, with eyes that plead for mercy — half whispering, half groaning through his still stubborn pride and arrogance — “This is too great a punishment to carry, Lord God!” He slowly casts a glance around him and continues, “You are banishing me from the land, You are making me hide my presence from You and You are causing me to wander aimlessly from place to place — no place to settle — and anyone who finds me will surely kill me!”
God responds to Cain’s plea for mercy and says, “If anyone kills you, Cain, you will be avenged seven times over.” God then places a mark to identify Cain — that if anyone finds him they will realize the punishment if they kill him.
Cain leaves the presence of the Lord, wanders until he enters an area east of Eden called the Land of Nod, and begins to wander that area—foraging to make his way.
I hope that you have enjoyed my narrative of the Genesis account of the Fall as well as the development of the two, separate lines extending from Adam and Eve. My prayer is that I was able to paint a mental, pictorial portrait of these lines for you. I also hope that the resulting two lines—the line from the first Adam to the second (the Messiah, Jesus Christ) that proceeds through the righteous line of Seth and the unrighteous line that progresses through the line of Cain will demonstrate the course of obedience and disobedience throughout biblical history. I am equally hopeful that the shadows of things that follow throughout the Bible until today have been made evident to you as well.
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QUESTION: CAN YOU SEE THE SHADOW OF A DISCIPLE’S WALK IN ABEL? CAN YOU SEE SHADOW OF THE UNSAVED BEING CAST INTO OUTER DARKNESS WITHIN THIS NARRATION FROM THE BOOK OF GENESIS? WHAT OTHER SHADOWS OF THINGS TO COME DO YOU DISCOVER?