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Cain and Able: The Offspring of Creation and the Fall

I haven’t decided if this is going to be a weekly blog, daily blog, or blog as I can.  Since I work full-time, during the week I chew on the Scriptures I’ve read after posting and when God says it’s time to write, I write.  I hope you can understand.  I never want to be out of his will.

I’m still in Genesis, Chapter Four to be specific.  If you’re not familiar with the events of this chapter, feel free to click here to read it online or find your copy of the Scriptures.  Join me back here when you’re done.  Even if you’re familiar with Chapter Four, it doesn’t hurt to refresh your memory.  Don’t worry, I’ll wait for you.

Chapter Four begins with Adam knowing his wife, Eve, intimately.  She conceives and gives birth to Cain.

What surprised me when I read this chapter this week was that the Scriptures don’t tell us that after Cain was born that Adam knew his wife again, indicating to me that it’s very well possible that Cain and Able were Twins.

Twins.  With this knowledge, a whole new thought opened up.

Cain and Able:

The Offspring of Creation and The Fall.

Walk with me here {you were warned I tend to think outside of the box}.

Turn with me back to your Scriptures. I’m reading from the Christian Standard Bible.

“In the course of time Cain presented some of the land’s produce as an offering to the Lord.  And Abel also presented an offering – some of the firstborn of his flock and their fat portions.  The Lord had regard for Abel and his offering, but he did not have regard for Cain and his offering.” Genesis 4:3-5a

Going back to Genesis Chapters One through Three, we see that Adam and Eve were tasked with taking care of “The Garden.”  They were also tasked with overseeing the animals.  When Adam and Eve “Fell” bringing sin into our DNA, their tasks were made harder.  Somewhat of a blessing then a curse.

If you take a further look at the curse that was placed on Adam regarding the working of the land, it changed the way that Adam took care of the Earth.  He would have to work to get it to produce.  I’m sure that Adam might have been a little upset that he now had to work harder to get the land to produce what so graciously grew by itself before {think weeds}.

Abel grew up taking care of the animals.  There was no curse placed on Adam regarding the taking care of the animals.

Cain’s offering grew out of the curse.  I’m sure Adam told Cain all how hard he now had to work the land to get it to produce.  Hearing Adam’s complaining surely, it had an effect on Cain. {Watch your words, parents.}

When the offerings were presented, God was pleased with Abel’s offering but not with Cain’s.  God even tells Cain why he didn’t accept his offering.

“If you do what is right, won’t you be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it.” Genesis 4:7

Sin. The offspring of Creation and the Fall.

It’s always crouching at our door, waiting for us to take a bite.  It didn’t help Cain that his heart wasn’t in his work.  Doing “good” things to overcome the bitterness, anger, pride, etc., in your heart will not work.  It will not be accepted.

But as usual, God has already thought of a way to overcome Sin.

Remember in Chapter Three, God told the serpent that Eve’s offspring would strike his head.  We see a picture of that here with Abel’s offering.

Abel took the firstborn from his flock and sacrificed it.

God took His Firstborn – Jesus – and Sacrificed Him.  God accepted Abel’s offering, what makes us think that He would accept Jesus’ offering.

Jesus – the only way to overcome sin.  The only One who overcame the curse of the fall.  The Only Way to Heaven.  He shed His blood for us – for you and for me – so we could have eternal life, not death.

Unlike Cain who was marked for killing his brother, I want to be marked for giving life to others.  Walking with Jesus is the only way.

Join me?  Join me on this Sacred Halak?

Till next time . .  . Blessings.

 

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