Descendant’s Descent

Genesis 5

In chapter four we examined the murder of Abel by his brother Cain and Cain’s banishment from the presence of the Lord. We have also seen a brief coverage of Cain’s descendants who were:

Enoch, Irad, Mehujael, Methushael, and Lamech; Lamech took two wives Adah and Zillah. From there it branched off into Adah’s children, Jabal and Jubal; an expert in livestock and an expert in the harp and the flute. Zillah was the mother of Tubal-Cain an instructor to every craftsman in bronze and iron.

From this we can conceive of a civilization which was advanced, industrious, artistic, and godless; and possibly well beyond the Greeks or the Romans in their civilization.

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Death of a Civilization

Genesis 4:16-26

“Then Cain went out from the presence of the Lord and dwelt in the land of Nod on the east of Eden.” Genesis 4:16.

Cain went toward the rising of the sun eastward from Eden away from the cherubim which guarded the entrance of the garden on the east. Adam and Eve were cast out of the garden and now their son is cast out from the presence of the Lord as the stain of sin deepens and spreads.

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My Brother’s Killer

Genesis 4:1-16

“Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, and said, ‘I have gotten a man from the Lord.’ Then she bore again, this time his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.” Genesis 4:1-2.

There is a whole lot about this chapter that most folks do not understand, or rather misinterpret. Let us start with the first problem, “Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived”. The term knew his wife, is a euphemism for sex, a euphemism is the substitution of a mild or inoffensive word for one which is thought to be, or have the possibility of being offensive.

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Death of Life

Genesis 3:8-24

“And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, ‘Where are you?’” Genesis 3:8-9.

Verse seven in this chapter tells us that the eyes of both of them were opened; they knew they were naked and tried to cover themselves.  The coverings were an admission of guilt, yet out of a growing sense of the frightful consequences of their sin they hid themselves.

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