Genesis Chapter 4 The Story of Cain & Abel by Joan Chapin

The Bible is not written as a historical narrative. It is stories from God to teach us lessons on what life is like and what happens to us when we make our choices.

Such is the story found in Genesis Chapter 4, the story of Cain and Abel. The story of Cain and Abel mirrors life. It is also a story of the increase of sin and the growth of the human race.

Adam and Eve had two sons, Cain, the first born and then Abel. Cain was a farmer and Abel a shepherd. Cain brought some of his harvest to the Lord. Abel brought the first born lamb, killed it, and offered the best part to the Lord. The Lord was pleased with Abel’s offering, but rejected Cain’s (Genesis 4:4,5). Cain was furious.

The Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why that scowl on our face? If you had done the right thing, you would have been smiling. But because you have done evil, sin is crouching at your door. It wants to rule you, you must overcome it.” (Genesis 4:7)

Cain did not listen to the Lord. Cain was very jealous of his brother. He led his brother Abel out into the field and killed him.

When the Lord asked Cain where Abel was, Cain lied and said he did not know. “Am I supposed to know, am I my brother’s keeper.” (Genesis 4:9)

The Lord then bestowed a consequence on Cain. He cursed him and said you can no longer farm the soil. If you try, nothing will grow. You will become a homeless wanderer of the earth. Cain is afraid that he will be killed as he wanders the earth.

In Genesis 4: 13, 14 Cain said to the Lord, “This punishment is too hard for me to bear. You are driving me off the land and away from your presence. I will be a homeless wanderer on the earth, and anyone who finds me will kill me.”

The Lord answers in Genesis 4:15, “No, if anyone kills you, seven lives will be taken in revenge.”

Here the Lord shows that even when we do wrong, He still loves us. The Lord put a mark on Cain, so anyone who met him were warned that he was not to be killed.

Cain left God’s presence and went east of Eden to Nod which means wandering.

Cain married and had a son named Enoch and a civilization was created. Cain built a city and named it after his son.

God blessed Adam and Eve with another son, Seth.

Cain was still under God’s care and the advancement of civilization was begun


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