Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Genesis 4:12-16 Where Did The People Come From?

When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth. And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment [is] greater than I can bear.

Cain, the first murderer, is also the first man to be ousted completely out of the presence of the Lord. Think about it. Even Adam and Eve, who were kicked out of the garden, still were in the presence of the Lord. Cain knew what was about to happen and for the first time in his existence, he didn't know what the future had in store for him. The one thing he did know for sure was that the other people would do him harm. Why?

Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, [that] every one that findeth me shall slay me.

What people? Why would these people do him harm? How did Cain know that without a doubt these people would slay him? The answer? Because these people, who were created on the sixth day, also enjoyed living in a sinless environment and in the presence of G-d. They also would have enjoyed life everlasting if it weren't for Cains parents. However, they are now living under a death curse because of Cains mother and father. I'd be afraid for my life too.

And the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.

It's amazing that G-d would still protect Cain after what he's done...but he does. This begs the question, why? I would understand if the Messianic line, through which we are saved and bored Yeshua, but it doesn't. The Messianic line goes through Seth.

I believe the answer is that G-d wanted to keep Satan and he cohorts guessing as to how his plan of salvation was going to pan out. This was one of those times that G-d was winking at those of us who are given the gift of knowledge of his Word. More on this as we travel through G-ds Word.

And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.

Nod means wandering. All wanderers, including you and me, are descendents of Cain. The good news is that G-d is calling us back via the descendents of Seth which produce the human Messianic line and the path of our salvation. Praise G-d for the Messiah and his perfect sacrifice for our sins which will finally put an end to our wandering.

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