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April 19, 2022 at 5:40 am #341SulhazanKeymaster
Cain was the first Son of Adam and Eve whose jealousy led him to kill his brother, Abel. He was banished to the land of Nod where he settled and started his own family.
Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let us go out to the field.” And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel, and killed him. GENESIS 4:8 NRSV
Jealousy kills. And while Cain had intended only to kill his brother, the effects of his jealousy reached further than he could have imagined.
As the firstborn son of Adam and Eve, Cain became the third person to inhabit the earth. Together with his parents (and later his other brothers and sisters), Cain began to care for the earth and became a farmer (Genesis 4:2). But soon Cain – once the greatest achievement of Adam and Eve (Genesis 4:1) became the scourge of his family when anger and jealousy drove him to murder his own brother. Not only did Cain’s anger result in Abel’s death, but it also brought painful consequences in
his own life. God drove Cain away from his family to live as an outcast in the land of Nod. Cain’s jealousy first destroyed his brother’s life and the family’s unity, and then it shattered his own life as well. First John 3:12 records, “We must not be like Cain who was from the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own deeds were evil and his brother’s righteous” (1 John 3:12 NRSV)
Although Cain showed no remorse for his crime, he still received God’s gracious protection and was allowed to begin his own family and community in the land of Nod. Cain’s sons and grandsons became the fathers of music, cattle keepers, and craftsmen who worked with bronze and iron (Genesis 4:22).
The phrase, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” originated with Cain. He said this to God after murdering his brother (Genesis 4:9).
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