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GOD’S STORY: How Society emerged

Genesis 5 sites the genealogy of Adam all the way to Noah. On the last post I jumped forward from Seth to Noah, because I wanted to touch on the complete corruption of mankind. After the birth of Adam’s son Seth and his son Enosh, “men began to call on the name of the LORD” (Genesis 4:26). Yet, by the time of Noah, all of humanity had become unrighteous — except Noah. 

What about the in-between? Where did society come from? This post is about how society emerged from Adam and Eve and their two sons, Cain and Seth.

Preparing the Bride for GOD’s Story

How do we prepare as the Bride of Christ? One aspect is to learn GOD’S STORY. He created us in His image…. Piece by piece, and peace by peace, we learn to walk as He has walked. And we learn His perspective.

How society emerged

“This is the book of the genealogy of Adam. In the day that God created man, He made him in the likeness of God.He created them male and female, and blessed them and called them Mankind in the day they were created. And Adam lived one hundred and thirty years, and begot a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth. After he begot Seth, the days of Adam were eight hundred years; and he had sons and daughters.” (Genesis 5:1-4)

Adam lived a very long time. As you will see as you read through Chapter 5 of Genesis, the lifespan of all those recorded was hundreds of years. 

Before the flood, mankind had great longevity, almost a thousand years. Only after the flood, do we see life expectancy gradually diminishing. 

Moses lived 120 years: 40 years in Egypt, 40 years in Moab, 40 years in the wilderness.

Simple explanation

Humanity developed from Adam and Eve as the first persons on the earth. They had children, their children had children, and so on. As Adam lived hundreds of years, this is a simple and viable explanation…. However, if that’s the case, where did the sons of Adam find their wives?

One last question in my mind

Where Cain found is wife is a question I still ponder. He had a wife after he left the Garden. Where did she come from? And Lamech had two wives (Genesis 4:19). Where did he find them?

The only explanation I can come up with is time lag. The time from which Cain was sent from GOD after murdering his brother Abel, to marrying, may well have been hundreds of years, plenty of time for Adam and Eve to have more children. Does that mean that Cain married his sister? Yes, it would imply that. But this would have been before the Law and before the concept of incest. Procreation had to have emerged from Adam and Eve and the origin of mankind and society from them.

That’s my take. Any other suggestions are most welcome. I always field and reply to your comments.

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GOD’S STORY part 51: Birth, Sacrifice, Murder

Preparing the Bride for GOD’s Story

How do we prepare as the Bride of Christ? One aspect is to learn GOD’S STORY. He created us in His image…. Piece by piece, and peace by peace, we learn to walk as He has walked. And we learn His perspective.

Genesis 4:1-9 New life through the first Birth, Sacrifice, Murder

“Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, and said, “I have acquired a man from the Lord.” Then she bore again, this time his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the Lord. Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the Lord respected Abel and his offering, but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell.

“So the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen?If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.”

“Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him.

Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?”

He said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?””

GOD reveals to us the weakness of our humanity

We see the first human family torn apart with jealousy, violence and shame. First, there is new life which is wonderful.

The first birth of the human race

Eve conceives and gives birth to Cain. How wonderful! Then she gives birth again to Abel. A double blessing… but not for Cain.

The boys grow, Abel offers a sacrifice to the GOD whom He recognises. Here is sacrifice, a sincere desire to worship the Creator.

But Cain’s sacrifice is deemed unworthy. Perhaps it is because he is copying his brother and it isn’t a heart-felt sacrifice. Perhaps it is because there is no blood shed that Cain’s sacrifice is not recognised. But GOD shows compassion as he seeks to teach Cain, ““Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen?If you do well, will you not be accepted?” He warns Cain to do well.

GOD is GOD. And he who is humble is a blessing and is blessed while he who is insecure, proud and rebellious will reap what he sows. In Genesis 4, we see sin is in Cain’s heart and it leads to fury, jealousy, murder. Cain first strikes, then he shirks responsibility, and finally he must be outcast. Yet, even though he is cast out, we see later that GOD shows him mercy, giving His own mark of protection upon Cain.

Pain of parenthood

And the story doesn’t mention Adam or Eve at this point. What suffering do they endure as one son is killed, the other has caused the parents’ grief, and then he is banished for it.

What does GOD want us to understand?

Moses wrote down Genesis under GOD’s instruction. Surely there were many stories but GOD chose which stories to share, where to give detail, and what will be remembered across time through His Word.

In this aspect of Biblical history we learn the importance of relationship to Creator GOD. We discover there are godly ways to honour Him and ungodly ways. We learn that GOD sees, He receives, and He teaches if only we will learn. We learn the bitter heartache that selfish pride causes. And we learn that in spite of our sin, He seeks always to teach, guide and protect us even from ourselves.

Conclusion

The story of Cain and Abel is crucial to GOD’s message to us: He values sacrifice and yet it is valued on His terms. He sees into our hearts and exposes pride which is so destructive and does not escape GOD’s gaze. He always seeks to show mercy, grace and justice. Amen.