Many Important Firsts

The Bible is chock full of history. If we study it, we can find out a lot about ourselves. Whenever an archaeological dig uncovers another ancient city, another part of Biblical history is verified. Even ancient texts from different civilizations corroborate the Bible.

Genesis 4 is full of “firsts”:

The first babies– Cain and Abel; the first offerings to the LORD- Abel gave of “the firstlings of his flock” (vs. 4), and Cain gave of “the fruit of the ground” (vs. 3); the first murder– Cain was upset that Abel’s heart was right before God and pleased Him, and his wasn’t, and didn’t, so he killed his brother; the first vagrant, Cain; the first city, named after Cain’s son, Enoch; the first nomads– Jabal was “the father of those who dwell in tents and have livestock” (vs. 20); the first musicians– Jubal was “the father of all those who play the lyre and pipe” (vs. 21); the first metal workers– Tubal-cain, “the forger of all implements of bronze and iron” (vs. 22); and the first prayers– “Then men began to call upon the name of the LORD.” ~Genesis 4:26b.  

Now we don’t have to wonder who invented music or flutes or bronze and iron tools or tents or whatever- not some crude cave man but men designed by God, descended from Adam through Cain, the first murderer.

“And He said, ‘What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to Me from the ground. And now you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. When you cultivate the ground, it shall no longer yield its strength to you; you shall be a vagrant and a wanderer on the earth.’ And Cain said to the LORD, ‘My punishment is too great to bear! Behold, Thou hast driven me this day from the face of the ground; and from Thy face I shall be hidden, and I shall be a vagrant and a wanderer on the earth, and it will come about that whoever finds me will kill me.’ So the LORD said to him, ‘Therefore whoever kills Cain, vengeance will be taken on him sevenfold.’ And the LORD appointed a sign for Cain, lest anyone finding him should slay him. Then Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and settled in the land of Nod, east of Eden.” ~Genesis 4:10-16

Though God cursed Cain for killing his brother Abel and lying about it, He also used him in a mighty way, giving his descendants great insight to invent and use these important items. And then God instructed Moses to write this down in the book of Genesis, that we might know this part of our history.

We aren’t told if Cain ever makes things right with God. But God still took care of him and blessed his descendants. No matter how we mess up, God still loves us and can use us. We may have some ugly consequences- “Cain went out from the presence of the LORD” and was cursed to be a vagrant and wanderer- but God loves us so much that He will even help us face those consequences, if we ask. He wants a restored relationship with us, an eternal relationship through Jesus. God is amazing!

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