Cain Murders Abel
In the course of time Cain brought to the Lord an offering of the fruit of the ground, and Abel for his part brought of the firstlings of his flock, their fat portions. And the Lord had regard for Abel and his offering, but for Cain and his offering he had no regard. So Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell. The Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is lurking at the door; its desire is for you, but you must master it.”
Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let us go out to the field.” And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel, and killed him. Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” He said, “I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper?” And the Lord said, “What have you done? Listen; your brother’s blood is crying out 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 till the ground, it will no longer yield to you its strength; you will be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth.” Cain said to the Lord, “My punishment is greater than I can bear! Today you have driven me away from the soil, and I shall be hidden from your face; I shall be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth, and anyone who meets me may kill me.” Then the Lord said to him, “Not so!Whoever kills Cain will suffer a sevenfold vengeance.” And the Lord put a mark on Cain, so that no one who came upon him would kill him. Then Cain went away from the presence of the Lord, and settled in the land of Nod, east of Eden. – Genesis 4: 3
So, then, for the first time was recorded upon the history of man the fruit begotten of sin; death. Which was made manifest through pride and envy. All carry the mark of Cain. For all are descended from Adam and Eve whose disobedience has infected the blood line with sin for all generations that followed. We wander the earth apart from Eden as Cain for we inherit original sin from which we can only be cleansed through baptism in Christ. Yet, through the same free will as Cain, we still are capable of such atrocities as he, and as well great goodness. God, because of Cain’s sin, has barred all from Paradise but does not leave us without a means to return.
God seems to be unloving toward Cain by favoring Abel’s offering and showing no regard for Cain’s offering. But the roles could have easily been reversed and Cain be found in God’s favor. How then would Abel have reacted? Would he also stoop to murder because his feelings were hurt. If he mirrored Cain’s action then, I dare say, God’s judgment toward Abel would be in like-kind. For He makes the sun shine and rain fall on the just and unjust. With God, everyone does not receive a trophy. Participation alone does not suffice. Results must be shown. God who is goodness itself will so determine what is. Christ Himself verifies this through the parable of the talents. – Matthew 25:14-30
God shows Himself not only just in sending Cain away as a fugitive and wanderer, but equally is merciful for He promises a greater vengeance upon any who would take it upon themselves to kill Cain. Here God makes evident that life can only come from life. And it is only the Origin of all life who has the sole right to take it away. And that is accomplished when, by original sin, Adam and Eve lose their immortality, thereby not only opening themselves to suffering and the pain of death, but as well for all mankind. For such is the wage of sin. We are but a franchise in procreation of life and as such must yield to the will of the Divine Executor on all matters as regard life and death. “Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.” – Romans 12:19-20
For just as by one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the One man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. – Romans 5:19
Through the Incarnation, God comes to man in Christ to re-instate not only the descendants of Adam, but those of Cain. Christ is the second person of the divine Holy Trinity, with God the Father first and the Holy Spirit third. All three take on the characteristic of a triangle. Though the three angles of the triangle are distinct, together they remain as one. Christ is God come to man as man with both a human nature, except devoid of sin, and a divine nature in that He is never removed from God. He is the new Adam come to make all things new and to unbar the entrance to heaven for all humanity. Mankind’s bloodline, derived from Cain, will be made pure by the sacrifice that God Himself will make at Golgotha. The curse of Adam, which Cain inherited, through Adam’s act against God’s will shall be removed, his heart cleansed and his soul purified, making all in his wake who do the will of the Son, as well, sons and daughters of God and therefore heirs of Heaven.
Only through Christ can we like Cain be saved. The way is not easy to victory. As no one receives a trophy who is unworthy of it. The road that leads to the narrow gate is not smooth. Not many who travel it are able to let go of the world, deny themselves, and give there lives to Christ. But though the way be hard, what awaits is worth the struggle and sacrifice. For at its end is the crown of glory to be worn by those who endure and persevere against sin.
For all who seek encouragement, they need but stand beneath the cross and look up at this new Adam who made amends for the old. And as the Lamb of God, willingly offered His life up for the forgiveness of sins unto the salvation of the world. One who stands there, in silence and humility, will have his heart fortified by the following Savior’s truth revealed: “I have known the pain and trial of all men and women. I have known loss. I have known ridicule. I have been rebuked and spit upon. I have been beaten. I been betrayed. I have known suffering. I have known hunger and homelessness. I have been imprisoned. I have been falsely accused. I have been persecuted. I have known temptation from without, unlike that of men and women, whose come from within, which has drawn many into sin. I have felt the weight of sinners’ guilt and the depth of despair in abandoned hope. All these things and more that have been brought to bear upon humanity: past, present, and to come I have born from all eternity. Yet I take to this cross where pleasure, wealth, power and honor, that so many seek from the world, no longer have a place. My hands and feet are pinned down by spikes, a crown of thorns is pressed into my scalp, a spear pierces my side loosing my divine life’s blood and water into the world for the salvation of all. And by this, sins are forgiven, peace that the world cannot give is granted, and all who follow my way are made whole and will find favor with God the Father.” So, to you who now stand there beneath my cross, fear not and listen well, for not only is it true that I Am with you always, but what I have done here, I have done…..FOR YOU.
Never is there cause for fear by anyone in the face of trials. Neither should anyone one lose heart nor faith in God. For Christ Jesus has stood in our place in these matters; endured our suffering, endured our transgressions and remains our continual intercessor with God the Father. All those who show mercy to others will have His mercy – in equal measure – as a benefit before God.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30