Episode 4-Genesis chapter 4
Genesis Chapter 4: Cain and Abel
A story of inadvertent killing?
Genesis 4 is crucial because its where the onset of man committing major sins, the first biblical recorded murder, shedding innocent blood and the need for atonement from those sins is introduced.
Was this premeditated murder?
Remember up until now no one had EVER been killed before, no one had ever died before up to this point that was not recorded, They did not have the knowledge per say to know how to kill someone at this time we might even be able to suggest by scripture.
What supports a theory about Cain?
Cain is indeed an inadvertent murderer and not a premeditated one is what happens to him afterward, how the Lord handles this.
God does not kill him, the Torah speaks of capital punishment for murder, premeditated along with some others
The Lord for this murder of Able says to Cain:
Verbiage in Hebrew: (na vanad tihyeh baaretz)
You will be a wanderer throughout the land, you will never be able to settle down.
Condemned to live outside his territory on foreign turf, exiled far from his home, much like the inadvertent murderer who according to Torah law would be exiled as his punishment instead of death.
Now the city of refuge protected the inadvertent murderer from something called a revenge killing by a family member of the deceased, because avengers would rise up within families to attempt to avenge the death of the family member who was inadvertently killed.
An inadvertent murder basically means one that was not premeditated, one that is accidental in nature HOWEVER there is some suggestion through Scripture that Indeed Cain had time to mull this over. The Lord only knows however what is in Cain’s heart.
So, After Cain commits this heinous ACT, he is more concerned about the his own person, there seems to be little to no remorse for killing his brother. Cain is more worried about his punishment than what he has done!!
Look how he answers the Lord here:
Genesis 4:9-10: Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” And he [lied and] said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?” 10 The Lord said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s [innocent] blood is crying out to Me from the ground [for justice].
In Genesis 4:11-12 we see the Lord as the Righteous Judge giving the Verdict and sentence: READ
Cain is very worried about being killed himself, thus the city of refuge to shield him from the possibility that another family member would avenge Abel’s blood.
Now there are really not many other humans around. So, who is Cain so worried about that would kill him?
Abel was a shepherd and he loved his animals these animals are loyal to Abel, so the likelihood of Cain being attacked by the animals is high. As it appears the animals loved Abel.
Now there were not many cities for Cain to go seek refuge as an inadvertent killer so what does the Lord do, he provides Cain a movable a mobile city of refuge, the mark of Cain.
He treats Cain as an inadvertent killer in a sense. This is a protective Mark; this is not a curse at all.
Genesis 4:15 -Hebrew: (vayomar lo hashem).
God says: (lichen kol-horeg Kain shivatayim Vayasem hashem lekainot)-God placed a mark of his forehead.
Hebrew: (Levilti hakot-ot kol motzo)- so that no one would kill him.
Genesis 4:15 translated: 5 And the Lord said to him, “[Therefore, whoever kills Cain, a seven fold vengeance [that is, punishment seven times worse] shall be taken on him [by Me].” And the Lord set a [protective] mark (sign) on Cain, so that no one who found (met) him would kill him. The land of nod which means wandering which was part of the punishment the Lord gave Cain for the death of Abel.
Romans 6:23: For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God [that is, His remarkable, overwhelming gift of grace to believers] is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
(Now Cain in Hebrew Means: Acquired) The definition of acquired: To buy or obtain for oneself.
Eve Acquired Cain by paying through the pains of childbirth, one of the consequences for her eating of the tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil, she paid through that pain to bring forth Cain her firstborn Son.
Abel in Hebrew: A Breath of Vapor, now it was the breath of God that gave them life.
Abel was a shepherd who brought the firstborn of His flock in time to present before the Lord while his older brother Cain brings fruits and vegetables from the field.
What Abel did was a foreshadowing and prophetic Act of what the lord would do when He took His firstborn Jesus His only son and allowed Him to be sacrificed for our sins.
So, Abel was truly demonstrating the heart of God, the love the Lord had for humanity as His son Jesus was the spotless Lamb.
Abel presenting the firstborn of His flock was a greater sacrifice for him to give up the life of that Animal to God where Cain was more interested in fruits and vegetables and thought that was “Enough.”
I find it interesting today how Vegans make it all about fruits and vegetables and grains the Doctrine of their belief system and forgo the animal, its similar is some ways to what Cain did!
The Lord showed Adam and Eve the principle.
In the lord’s great and Divine Mercy, the depths of which we cannot even fathom:
The lord then ALLOWED keyword the blood of innocent animals to pay for men’s sins, however the animals blood was just a covering for men’s sins.
The sin was very much still there, it was just covered up like the covering the Lord made for Adam and eve, to cover their nakedness, out of the skins of the first animals that had to be killed to atone for what they had done.
Our clothing we wear is just a means to disguise our nakedness hiding underneath, our sin is still there. It did not get rid of it because under that covering or disguise the sin was still there.
However, atonement using the blood of animals did bring Divine Forgiveness, for centuries the Lord allowed this ACCEPTABLE keyword, divine covering over the sins of those who placed their trust in and served the lord God Adonai.
The blood of the animals served the spiritual purpose of atoning for sin and the skin of the animal was used to cover the nakedness of man, a physical covering.
This provides a very profound illustration of what was transpiring in the spiritual world to compensate for this sinful behavior.
Through the course of time as the Lord allowed His plans for redemption to unfold, Jesus, Yeshua, His one and only son would step in and change that!
Because unlike the blood of animals which merely covered as an acceptable substitute top atone for our sin, those animals would have to be sacrificed over and over and over again,
The blood of Jesus, Yeshua, did not just cover the sin, it nullified it Glory to god!
But until Jesus, Yeshua, sacrificial atonement for that sin done in the right attitude humbling themselves before Almighty God, brought forgiveness for that Trespass.
Leviticus 4:25-26: Then the priest is to take some of the blood of the sin offering with his finger and put it on the horns of the altar of burnt offering; and the rest of its blood he shall pour out at the base of the altar of burnt offering. And he shall offer all its fat up in smoke on the altar like the fat from the sacrifice of peace offerings; so, the priest shall make atonement for him in regard to his sin, and he will be forgiven.
So now back to Cain and Abel:
Cain has angry words with Abel, more like resented the favor of God upon the life of His brother, so Cain returns and kills Abel.
The earths first family birthed through Adam and leave are still living in the land of Eden, NOT the garden of Eden the surrounding land.
Eden was a special place that the Lord himself created for His people.
The Lord banishes Cain from this special place for the shedding of the blood of his innocent brother Abel.
Cain is banished and sent east to a land called Nod (Node pronounced) which translates to wandering, restless. This is very profound because of the punishment.
Genesis 4:12: When you cultivate the ground, it shall no longer yield its strength [it will resist producing good crops] for you; you shall be a fugitive and a vagabond [roaming aimlessly] on the earth [in perpetual exile without a home, a degraded outcast].”
So, the Lord pronounces judgment upon Cain and says he will be a vagabond, he will roam, and the city Cain is sent to means wandering thus solidifying the judgment.
Cain goes onto marry, have many children, descendants and even builds a city.
Now the mark put upon Cain by God:
Kol-translates-anyone, whatsoever, anything, all things. So, what indeed Cain was being protected from was not only humans because the Hebrew Word kol is used.
There had to be many people by now on planet earth. The perspective written is very male oriented and that is why you do not hear mention of a female for a while again, or significant mention we shall say.
Cain committed unjustifiable homicide however it is treated more as an inadvertent killing.
Cain from that point forward was associated with wickedness.
Genesis 4:16: So, Cain went away from the [manifested] presence of the LORD and lived in the land of Nod [wandering in exile], east of Eden.
Literally Cain is being sent away from Eden from the manifested presence of the Lord, is it not true that when we are separated from the presence of Almighty God we are in a state of wandering and unrest? We living ultimately a hopeless and meaningless existence and even in a state that is without true direction because true direction comes from Almighty God, for the Lord sees the end from the beginning and the beginning from the ending, He is the Alpha and Omega and can direct us from a whole perspective of our lives.
However, when we leave the presence of the Lord we truly are going blindly, for we surely cannot see our lives from beginning to end from a birds eye view perspective, and when things go array, where do we yield to get a truly solid perspective? You cannot get more omnipotent or omniscient than Almighty God. The only rest that exists for us, for humanity is when we are in the presence of God.
Matthew 11:28-30:“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavily burdened [by religious rituals that provide no peace], and I will give you rest [refreshing your souls with salvation]. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me [following Me as My disciple], for I am gentle and humble in heart, and your yoke is light (renewal, blessed quiet) for your souls. For My yoke is easy [to bear] and My burden is light.”
So, Cain is the beginning of the long line of wicked people who turn their backs on Almighty God.
When Jesus comes back and sets up the millennial Kingdom, towards the end of that satan is released again and men will wickedly rebel against Jesus, and they will be completely destroyed along with evil itself. Truly it is only then that this cycle of evil will truly once and for all be broken and eradicated.
The lord is His incredible mercy gives Eve another child, Eve thinks this child, Seth is in a way a replacement for the deceased Abel. Now she names this baby boy Seth because in Hebrew it translates to compensation as in a prayer that is granted.
We will see that Seth is regarded as the righteous line as opposed to his older brother Cain who represents the line of wickedness and evil.
Cain and his descendants just continued to wander further and further away from the Lord.
In verse 26 of Genesis Chapter 4 that it was through the line of Seth that people began to call on the name of the Lord, Adonai. NOTE: Adonai translates to Lord, or Master.
Seth, he and his line lead people towards the lord, to look to the Lord, Adonai for direction in their lives, also to praise the Lord, to Worship Him, came through the line of Seth.
What has been established:
The descendants of Seth are the line of righteousness and Good.
The descendants of Cain are the blood line of wickedness and evil.
NOW this DOES NOT mean that everyone from the line of Cain was predestined or predetermined to be evil or that the line of Cain would completely lack good or decent people.
Which means there are good and evil people in the line of Seth.
HOWEVER, the messiah Jesus, would come forth from Seth’s line not through the line of Cain.
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