Cain and the city

Genesis 4:12 When you (Cain) 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.  . . . .vs. 25 …..At that time people began to call on[i] the name of the Lord.

I have always had questions about these passages – “whoever finds me will kill me.”   Who is out there?  If we started with Adam and Eve, who else is out there?  “Lived in the land of Nod,”  Again, why is there a land of Nod?   Where did he find a wife?  Building a city?  Who was living in this city?  Vs. 25 “people began to call on the name of the Lord.”  What people?

It’s not hard to find questions in the Bible.  Some issues we research.  Some passages we read and have faith and accept.  We all walk our journeys.

No matter how you interpret this passage, we can learn a lot from Cain.  He was deceptive, a liar, a murderer, and he was lazy in his offerings to God.  On top of all that, he was fearful.  He had the guts to kill his own brother but then cried about being sent out, being found, and killed.  Not good for traits in any man yet alone the first offspring to survive from Adam and Eve.

Do you wonder if God was already thinking “What have I done?”

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