Genesis Chapter 4
Let’s do some bullet points and summarize where we are right now:
● Father created all souls for His pleasure.
● Satan’s attempt to dethrone our Father ultimately fails.
● Father’s decision to redo the surface of the earth and populate it with human beings.
● The seven days of creation include the creation of the sixth-day man and woman.
● On the eighth day, He creates Adam and Eve.
● Through their disobedience, they have now been expelled from the Garden.
And that brings us to chapter 4.
Genesis 4:1 And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the Lord.
There is no record of where Adam and Eve are right now, although we can assume that they wouldn’t go very far from the Garden and they would probably be living among the sixth-day creation.
And Adam knew Eve his wife; As in knowing through carnal knowledge. For those that don’t get that, Adam had sex with his wife, Eve. You should also notice that there is a colon after this first part of the verse which indicates that this event is separate from what follows.
And she conceived, She conceived a child with Adam. Don’t forget what happened in the Garden between Satan and Eve, where Satan had carnal knowledge of Eve as well, and she conceived at that time also. There could not have been that much time passing between Satan and Eve and Adam and Eve for the children were born at the same time.
And bare Cain. Cain was the first born out of the womb.
Genesis 4:2 And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.
The important word in this verse is again, so let’s look at what it means in Hebrew…
Again_ OT:3254 yacaph (yaw-saf'); a primitive root; to add or augment (often adverbial, to continue to do a thing):
Immediately after giving birth to Cain, Eve continued in giving birth to a second child who is called Abel, which makes Cain and Abel twin brothers. I’m not going to go very deep into explaining how a woman can be impregnated by two different men and have a child by each one of them.
It’s a medical fact that this happens from time to time and in the medical field, it’s called heteropaternal superfecundation. Two different sperm contributors, two different eggs of Eve fertilized. Cain and Abel, therefore, were not identical twins, they were fraternal twins.
If you don’t understand this then Google it or talk to a doctor about it next time you have to go and see one.
Genesis 4:3 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord.
Any time an offering is made to the Father it must be the very best, whether it be from the ground…vegetables, wheat, barley or whatever, or from stock that grazes off the ground. It cannot be moldy if it’s a vegetable nor can it be blemished, as having something wrong with its leg or something similar, if the offering is an animal.
This is called a first-fruit. When you harvest a crop, you take the very best of it and dedicate it to our Father. In verse 3, it does not say that Cain offered a first-fruit. It simply says of the fruit of the ground. Why am I pointing this out to you? Next verse.
Genesis 4:4 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:
Abel, the true son of Adam and Eve, offered the best of his sheep to the Father, as he was no doubt taught to do from Adam. Cain did not care enough to give the best of his efforts to the Father and why should he? His father was Satan, not God.
Genesis 4:5 But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.
This word respect, as used here, is a little different than how we would normally use it today…
Respect_ OT:8159 sha`ah (shaw-aw'); a primitive root; to gaze at or about (properly, for help); by implication, to inspect, consider, compassionate, be nonplussed (as looking around in amazement) or bewildered:
Father inspected both offerings and only found Abel’s to be satisfactory. This upset Cain very much.
Don’t overlook the fact that both of these men came to maturity in the same year, giving their offering at the same time, again, giving credence to the fact that they were twin brothers.
Genesis 4:6 And the Lord said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?
Why is your lower lip poking out so far, Cain?
Genesis 4:7 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.
Cain’s name, in the Hebrew, means possession and maybe he was caught up in wanting to keep the best that the world has to offer to himself. This is mere speculation, though, for there was no offering at all that would satisfy our Father because it came from the son of Satan.
Genesis 4:8 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.
So far, here in Genesis, we have had the first commandment broken, the first blood sacrifice and now we have the first murderer. Cain was the first murderer.
I love it when I can have another Scriptural reference to back up something that may still be in doubt in some peoples’ minds. In the book of John our Lord is talking to a gathering of Jews, among them were some Kenites, and this is what He said to them…
John 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil,
Talking about Cain here.
and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning,
Who was the first murderer? Cain was and who was Cain’s father? Satan. The Devil.
and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. KJV
Cain is the father of the Kenties.
Many times, it all just comes together so smoothly if you read and study long enough. There is absolutely no doubt at all that Satan copulated with Eve and Cain was the result. I just listed a couple of events that were the first of their kind and I’ll add that Satan seducing Eve in the Garden was his first attempt to pollute the bloodline through which our Lord and Savior will come. It didn’t work.
Let’s go to the Epistle of John and see what’s written there about Cain..
1st John 3:11 For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.
1st John 3:12 Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother's righteous. KJV
Do you believe the Word of God or the words of men?
Genesis 4:9 And the Lord said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother's keeper?
Cain buried his brother in the dirt and like every other human ever born, denied a truth when asked about it.
“Well, I don’t know what you’re talking about, Lord.”
Genesis 4:10 And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground.
When one of Father’s saints are killed or murdered their voices cry out to Him.
And what happens to a murderer? Do they just repent, get forgiven, and go on with life? Not according to our Father….
Matthew 5:21 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: KJV
Forgiveness doesn’t come that easy for a murderer. There will be a meeting between the murderer, the one who was murdered, and our Father, for complete judgment. The soul of the person murdered will have a say in whether the soul of the murderer is allowed into heaven or not.
And why not? Perhaps the person that was killed had many sins on his soul? He would not have time to repent for them, that opportunity has been taken away. Perhaps Father had a plan for that person’s life. Now even that has been taken away.
Yes, the soul of the murdered will have a say in the matter while standing in front of our Father.
Genesis 4:11 And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother's blood from thy hand;
You did a very bad deed, Cain, and now you are cursed.
Genesis 4:12 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.
Is it not strange that Cain would till the ground just like Adam was to do? They won't do that any more.
No longer will Cain and his offspring be tillers of the ground, which is what they were to begin with. They may work the land that belongs to someone else but they will never own and bear crops of their own.
Genesis 4:13 And Cain said unto the Lord, My punishment is greater than I can bear.
In the side notes of the Massorah, My punishment is greater than I can bear, is really expressed in this manner…. “Mine iniquity is greater than that it may be forgiven.” Does that sound as though it leans toward forgiveness not being that easy for a murderer? Does me too.
Genesis 4:14 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.
Genesis 4:15 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.
No one has ever come to a satisfactory conclusion as to what this mark really was. Some say it was a physical deformity; others say it was a mental defect. No one knows for certain. Personally, I think that it was a spiritual mark, to be seen only by those who possessed spiritual discernment.
And was the punishment for doing harm to Cain reserved strictly for Adam and his family, his descendants or did it include the sixth-day creation as well, who by now, must have been numerous in number.
Genesis 4:16 And Cain went out from the presence of the Lord, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.
Since no one knows the exact location of the Garden, it is fruitless to try to place the land of Nod on a map.
On the east of Eden. The Septuagint describes it as “opposite the closed gate of Eden.”
Genesis 4:17 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.
Being driven to the land of Nod, Cain’s wife had to come from the sixth-day creation. Why would Father allow Cain to marry back into the bloodline of our Lord? He wouldn’t.
Here we have a listing of the progeny of Cain. His children, his descendants. Enoch was the first son.
A word about a city…Father does not like cities….
Isaiah 5:8 Woe unto them that join house to house, that lay field to field, till there be no place, that they may be placed alone in the midst of the earth! KJV
House to house. Means apartment buildings or subdivisions, where the eave of one house is less than five feet from the eave of the house next door. People living so close together breeds crime, violence, and disease. If you keep this up there will soon be no place where a person can be by themselves.
Genesis 4:18 And unto Enoch was born Irad: and Irad begat Mehujael: and Mehujael begat Methusael: and Methusael begat Lamech.
The descendants of Cain go to the sixth generation.
Genesis 4:19 And Lamech took unto him two wives: the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah.
This is the first recorded act of polygamy. Adan means beauty or ornament. Zillah means shadow, both names being appropriate with Adan being the first wife and Zillah being the second, or in the shadow of the first.
Genesis 4:20 And Adah bare Jabal: he was the father of such as dwell in tents, and of such as have cattle.
Notice that it says that they lived in tents and not houses. Tents can be taken down and moved to another location with little effort.
Genesis 4:21 And his brother's name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ.
Jubal was the inventor of wind and stringed instruments.
Genesis 4:22 And Zillah, she also bare Tubal-cain, an instructer of every artificer in brass and iron: and the sister of Tubal-cain was Naamah.
Tubal-cain means “a production of Cain”. In effect, a little Cain. He was a worker of metals.
Genesis 4:23 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.
Genesis 4:24 If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, truly Lamech seventy and sevenfold.
Lamech could be considered a poet because these verses make up a poem…
'Ye wives of Lamech, hear my voice
And give attention to my word;
A man I slew, because he wounded me;
A young man, because he assaulted me;
If, indeed, Cain be avenged seven times,
Then Lamech seventy times seven.'
Genesis 4:25 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.
Genesis 4:26 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. KJV
The importance of chapter 4 is to show us that Cain is the son of Satan and to give us the lineage of Cain through six generations.
As we get into chapter five you will notice that many of the names of people listed under Adam’s genealogy are very similar to those of Cain. As you continue studying, keep this in the back of your mind because mixing people up can cause confusion and hide the truth.
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__7 November 2018__