Sunday, May 10, 2009
Genesis 4 talks about the first sons of the line of Adam, whom Eve gave birth too, Cain and Abel. Cain was the older of the two and he worked and toiled with the soil, while Abel kept watch the flocks of sheep. They both brought offerings to the Lord, but God looked down with favor upon Abel and his offering but He did not look down with favor upon Cain and his offering. This caused Cain to become angry and downcast. 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 door; it desires to have you, but you must master it." God was not pleased with Cain's attitude toward service and He told him to master sin and humbly give his offering. Cain did not do this but instead took his brother Abel into the field and brutally attacked and killed him. 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." Cain said this punishment was more than he could bear so God gave him a sign that if anyone who wanted him killed would receive vengeance seven times over. At the end of the chapter Adam and Eve had another child and named him Seth. Seth was given to them by God to take the place of Abel.