Genesis Chapter 4 (Review)

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  1. And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain [gotten, or acquired], and said, I have gotten a man from the Lord.

Now Adam “knew” his wife. Now before the fall, there was no record of this. When the fall came, the idea of intercourse came to them and then for the first time, sexual intercourse occurred. The Bible uses “know” to signify that it is beyond the normal knowing someone. It is intimacy with a deep relationship and experience beyond the normal thing. Knowing intensely (if that makes any sense to you). Adam knew who? – His wife. Not some person off the street. Then after the “knowing”, she conceived and bare Cain. – I have gotten a man from God.

  1. And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.

Then she bare again -another son. She was thakful for one son, and she got another. Now Abel was a shepherd and Cain was somewhat similar to a farmer.

  1. And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord.

In the process of time, Cain brought out of the fruit, an offering. There comes a time “in the process of time” where everyone has to bring an offering. (I ASSUME that this was the time of the first fruit). This process of time where time passed, Cain and Abel had grown and other humans began to exist on the surface of the earth.

  1. 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:

Abel brought an offering also (as said in the previous verse, the time had come for offerings) -though Cain brought his first, after which abel followed. And he brought the first born of the flock (the first born, older than the rest, stronger, bigger, and more vital for food) and their fat. And for this reason, God respected Abel and his offering. it is not about who brings it first. its much more. Nothing significant was said about Cains offering, except that it was an offering.

Do you have an idea of what it would be like if God respects/regards you? Do what has not been done which comes from your heart and see.

  1. but unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.

But he did not respect the Cain or his offering. the offering was just ordinary. And so, Cain got sad and angry.

  1. And the Lord said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth ? and why is thy countenance fallen ?

Even as his offering wasn’t respected, God still spoke to him (who would have even expected a conversation after the fall?) “why are you angry and sad?”

  1. 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.

IF YOU DO WELL, WILL YOU NOT  BE ACCEPTED?

This phrase stands anywhere, regardless of religion. Do well, and you shall be accepted.

And if you don’t do well, sin lies at the door (jealousy, envy, backdoor sins, looking for false ways to be accepted, dubiousness and all that) and these “Sins” desire to have you, but you should rule-over/master it. Cain could have asked God for help to rule over these sins.

  1. ¶ 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.

Cain told Abel that they should go to the field, there and then, Cain attacked and killed his brother out of envy/jealousy. Now these sins mentioned then ruled over Cain and he struck his brother dead in the field.

  1. And the Lord said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper ?

Then God asked (similar to what he asked Adam) “Cain, where is Abel your brother?” once again, God opened another door for simple confession but then he said “I do not know” – a lie. That was even worse than Adam’s response. Sin multiplies.In trying to cover up on thing, more sins are added. then he asked? ‘am i my brothers keeper?’ like ‘why are you asking me?’

  1. And He said, What hast thou done? The voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground.

Once again, (similar to what he asked woman) “what have you done?”. The voice of Abel’s blood cries out to me from the ground (cries, asking God to avenge his blood). Blood is life. And God is the holder of life. And blood always cries out when shed (sometimes for pain and sometimes revenge, possibly). And no wrong was recorded against Abel.

  1. And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand.

And just like the time of Adam and woman, God addressed the problem instantly, from the root of the problem. Cain. “you are cursed” (it is an automatic curse for anyone who smites his ‘neighbour’). Because the earth opened its mouth to receive the blood of your brother which came by your hand (also, land is defiled by blood). A curse is automatically placed on those who shed blood. And figuratively, the earth has a mouth. – a figure that is used quite a number of times in the Bible.

  1. 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.

The ground will not yield the way it should. Double curse. That of Adam in Genesis 3:17 was first. The ground was cursed. Now TWICE. Then He continued, “you shall be a homeless wanderer/roamer and will forever flee -never be settled in life”.

  1. And Cain said unto the Lord, My punishment is greater than I can bear.

😀 he wanted to negotiate his punishment with God by saying it is too much for him to bear. God still related with him even after what had transpired.

  1. 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.

He then verified Gods curse upon him and also said from thy face shall i be hid.it was just certain. another separation from God and Man. He then told God that “whoever finds me will kill me” because that is the response/repercussion of killing someone also, (this verifies the fact that other people had began to exist on the eart). He knew it was bound to happen.

  1. 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.

But the Love of God is great, even in such situations. And God said that whoever kills Cain, vengeance of Seven Fold will be made manifest. then he was marked by God. if he was not marked, whoever saw him would have taken his life. Regardless of whom it would be. It is a life of “kill and be killed”.

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

Then he left the presence of God (voluntarily) (and as was explained in Genesis 3:8, sinners always leave/hide from the presence of God) and he dwelt on the east of Eden (I assume that it wasn’t far from the garden, considering that it was also in the east of Eden) Nod means ‘wandering’. How punny again. ‘you shall be a wanderer all the days of your life -be a citizen in the city of Nod and an actual wanderer.

  1. ¶ And Cain knew his wife ; and she conceived, and bare Enoch : and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch.

Cain also, in sin, without being taught, “knew” “his wife”.- his wife also. Not just anyone. And she conceived and bare a son named “Enoch” and he built a city and named it after his son.

  1. And unto Enoch was born Irad: and Irad begat Mehujael : and Mehujael begat Methusael : and Methusael begat Lamech.
  2. And Lamech took unto him two wives: the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah.

He “took unto himself”, God didn’t give him. He took them. – two wives. God will never give you two wives like that. Adah and Zillah.

  1. And Adah bare Jabal: he was the father of such as dwell in tents, and of such as have cattle.

Jabal fathered those who dwelled in tents -had no particular place to stay, so they move from place to place, camping in tents,(they were wanderers) and they had cattle/livestock.

  1. And his brother’s name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ.

Jubal fathered those who played the harp and flute.

  1. And Zillah, she also bare Tubal-Cain, an instructor of every artificer in brass and iron: and the sister of Tubal-Cain was Naamah

Tubal-Cain became an instructor of craft men (he possibly even created the art)

  1. And Lamech said unto his wives, Adah and Zillah, hear my voice; ye wives of Lamech, hearken unto my speech: for I have slain a man to my wounding, and a young man to my hurt.

Then he called his wives to himself to tell his secrets. His wives. No one else. As should be (not the wiveS part) and he knows the rule of “kill and be killed” and he had already killed two men. Double of what Cain did. Sin multiplies. and he said it boastingly also.

  1. If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, truly Lamech seventy and sevenfold.

He quickly keyed into Gods word over Cain (since they are of the same blood) and he said whoever kills him would be avenged seventyseven (77) fold.

  1. ¶ And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth [appointed, or put]: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew.

And Adam “knew” “his wife” again (as it should be) and she bore Seth. Like a replacement for Abel who had passed on.

  1. 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.

Seth then grew and “knew his wife” and bore Enos(h). then shortly after that, men began to call upon The Lord (YAHWEH). Prior to this, God wasn’t called on. He showed up Himself and spoke to everyone as he spoke to Adam and Eve. But from this point onwards, people then began to call on Yahweh.

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