Cain and Abel
The First Brothers
When Adam and Eve left the Garden of Eden, they lived on their own and toiled for food. Then Eve conceived and gave birth to their first born son, Cain. She said, “With the help of the Lord, I have brought a man into the world.”
Cain is the first man to have been born of a woman -- not by creation. Later Eve gave birth to another son, Abel.
The two boys grew up and took two different career paths -- Cain worked as a farmer and Abel as a shepherd.
On the day that they were to make offerings to God, Abel made sure he gave the best to God. He selected the choicest portion from some of the firstborn of his flock for his burnt offering. It was chosen with care and love for the Lord.
Cain brought the fruits of the soil and offered them to God – probably without much care and consideration as to whom the offering was for. Probably he brought the offering out of duty and not out of love.
And God, who could see inside a man’s heart, looked with favor on Abel and his offering but on Cain and his offering, God did not look with favor.
This made Cain very angry and very jealous of his brother.
Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you so angry? If you do the right thing, will I not accept your offering? But if you do not do right, sin is creeping inside you and controls you... you have to overcome it."
So God knew what is inside Cain’s heart, that was why his offering was not favored and God warned him about it.
But anger and jealousy consumed Cain. One day, he said to Abel, “Let’s go out to the field.” When they were out in the field, Cain struck his brother Abel and killed him. That was the first murder committed.
Then the Lord asked Cain, “Where is your brother?”
“I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?” He was not only a murderer, he was also a liar.
The Lord said, “What have you done? Listen! The blood of your brother is crying out to me from the ground where you spilled it. You are cursed and driven from the land. You can no longer grow any crops from the ground. You will wander restlessly on the earth."
Cain said to the Lord, “This punishment is too much for me. You drive me away from the land and I will no longer be in Your presence. I will wander restlessly on the earth and whoever finds me will kill me.”
But the Lord said to him, “Anyone who kills Cain will suffer vengeance seven times over.”
Then the Lord put a mark on Cain so that no one who found him would kill him.
So Cain left the Lord’s presence and lived in the land of Nod which means wandering, on the east of Eden.
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