The First Children Are Born
So far we have only covered the lineage of the curse of the serpent and its impact on Adam and his wife, Eve. Here we are going to see the curse and how the actual hostilities begin as we inspect the birth of the first children born. Adam and his wife Eve have their first child whose name is Cain, then shortly after is the birth of Able. We see the births of both Cain and Able in Genesis 4.1 & 2 "1: And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the Lord. 2: And she bare again his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground." Here we not only see the birth of the two children but scripture presents us with two children who are performing a livelihood; Abel is a sheep herder and Cain tills the ground. Quickly the plot thickens in just a few verses. Let's see Genesis 4.3 to 4.8. "3: And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord. 4: And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering: 5: But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. 6: And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. And the Lord said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? 7: If thou doest well shalt thou not be accepted? And if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him. 8: And 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 slew him." We have just read the very first documented murder by the very first children ever born. When we look closer we see hostility between the one who did not please God (Cain) and the one who did (Abel). This first evidence is the beginnings of hostilities and rivalries between them that love God and them that do not. What's that? You think Cain loved God? Well, if he loved God' his love for God was less than his love for his own property. Let's go back to Genesis 4.3 "3: And in process of time it came to pass," This verse explains that the process of time passed. What it really means is the children were trained by their father Adam to present offerings to the Lord. If Cain was a person of love toward God and his father Adam, he would have presented proper offerings, he would have looked for correction from God and his father, perhaps even his brother, in the hopes of pleasing both his God and his father. Interestingly, God himself explains to Cain the following: 7: If thou doest well shalt thou not be accepted? And if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him. God , therefore, explains to Cain that he would be accepted if he simply does what is expected of him. The fact is Cain didn't want to do what was expected of him. Cain wanted to do his own thing. Cain now compounds the problem by going away angry and doing his own thing again. Cain kills his brother. When looking at the names Cain and Able we see the following: Abel = 1893 (son of Adam) from 1892 (empty, transitory), and Cain 7014 (the name of the first child) from 7013 (fixity, a lance, as striking fast, a spear). The names themselves explain the outcome of hostilities. Cain struck fast like a spear and Able died empty and his life was transitory. It's important to understand how the hostilities begin. People who desire to please God are less interested in themselves and more interested in pleasing God. In other words, self is secondary to pleasing God. Just as Adam fell to his own self will and brought about the destruction of his offspring; Cain fell and slew his brother. In both cases neither was interested in pleasing God. Therefore, there are hostilities when these to groups are in mixed company. Jesus further confirms this case when he explains in Matthew 10.34 "Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I am not come to send peace, but a sword. 35: for I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother-in law. 36: A man's foes shall be they of his own household. 37: He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38: And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me is not worthy of me. 39: He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it. 40: He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me." So, here we see the true hatred due to hostility. The first seed type who are only interested in fulfilling the lusts of their own flesh are hostile toward God and people who seek to please him. Furthermore, this group makes the ones who try to please God the target of their aggressions. This is the essence of enmity between the seed of the serpent and the seed of the woman. Therefore, the battle rages between these two groups that emerge from the first seed type. Finally, we see it clearly in the story of Cain and Abel.
Abel's Worthy Substitute
When you read the scripture we see that Adam and Eve had other children by the time Seth was born. Cain took one of these other children to be a wife and was sent out of the land for his own protection. Eve would give birth to another son. His name would be Seth. And he would become Abel's worthy replacement. In fact, the name Seth means (put, i.e. substitute 8352). Therefore, it will be through Seth's lineage that the unique child would be born. So, Seth's lineage produces the child who bruises the serpents head. The Scripture shows us the following about Seth Genesis 4.25 "25: And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew. And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the Lord." Here we see in the eyes of Eve Seth was Abel's replacement. Furthermore, once Seth's child Enos was born men began to call upon the name of the Lord again. It appears as though since Abel's murder there may have been fear among Adam and some of his children to call on the name of the Lord for fear of hatred and hostility toward them from among Cain and the other seed (children) who sought to please themselves (I only bring this up as a possibility) . Clearly something happened causing people (seed) to stop calling on the name of the Lord.
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