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Cain and Abel

4 “Adam[a] made love to his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain.[b] She said, “With the help of the Lord I have brought forth[c] a man.” Later she gave birth to his brother Abel.

Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord.And Abel also brought an offering—fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast.

Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”

Now Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go out to the field.”[d] While they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.

Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?”

“I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?”

10 The Lord said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground. 11 Now you are under a curse and driven from the ground, which opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. 12 When you work the ground, it will no longer yield its crops for you. You will be a restless wanderer on the earth.”

13 Cain said to the Lord, “My punishment is more than I can bear.14 Today you are driving me from the land, and I will be hidden from your presence; I will be a restless wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me.”

15 But the Lord said to him, “Not so[e]; 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. 16 So Cain went out from the Lord’s presence and lived in the land of Nod,[f] east of Eden.

17 Cain made love to his wife, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Enoch. Cain was then building a city, and he named it after his son Enoch. 18 To Enoch was born Irad, and Irad was the father of Mehujael, and Mehujael was the father of Methushael, and Methushael was the father of Lamech.”

Recently someone has come to me with a regret that they wronged me. They first were not regretful. It was similar to this situation. As I read Cain and Abel’s story, I wonder if Abel would have survived Cains attack would he eventually have forgiven Cain? Would Cain have been sorry? Would he regret what he had done? Or would he still be angry? What causes someone to be so angry that they need to physically put their hands on another human being? Do we understand the destructiveness of this? Do we grasp when we put our hands on another human we are lessening their existence?  The only thing Cain says to the Lord is that “his punishment is too much to bear.” There is no remorse for the life he took.  I don’t know if Cain would have forgiven Abel and I am still working on forgiving the person who hurt me .Forgiveness is not an easy thing to do or an easy thing to ask for but it is key in our relationship with Christ and our relationship with other Christians. I am not saying we have to do it perfectly, I am the perfect example of a work in progress, but I am saying we have to try. 

Ms. Allison White

Ms. Allison White

"For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord; Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans for a hope and future" (Jeremiah 29:11).