September 29, 2022
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Battle For The Throne

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Kevin Simpson

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This entry is part [part not set] of 6 in the series Alpha

Let us now turn our attention to the fourth chapter of Genesis to review the life Adam, and the loss he suffered, and why Cain killed his brother. And as we review this chapter and story, let us not forget this is a review of Adam’s life and a look at how we came in possession of these scriptural stories.  

And what I would like for us to take away from this insight, is the reality the stories of the bible are stories of real people because with this thought in mind, we will then understand why we know this story found on the first four chapters of Genesis are the story of Adam who lived and experienced what happened.  

Now, as part of what happened to Adam, in Chapters four of Genesis, he is writing to let us know how he came to lose one of his sons, Abel to whom he was giving charge over all that God had created and gave into his hand. And if we can remember in Genesis chapters one, God’s desire was for man to rule over the work of his hands, this was the covenant relationship God had with Adam, and his children after him. Adam wrote this history down for us, and it is not without details as to how he suffered this loss of his son. 

The story of Adam complied by Moses, told this story concerning Adam giving birth to a son after he was banished from the presence of God and away from eternal life. And what we learned from the story is a reality concerning a fight that took place over the throne of Adam, and that of God. Genesis 4:1-2 “Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD. And she again bares his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.” 

And as time goes by, the bible told us, at some point during their time in exile with their father, both Cain and Abel brought an offering to the Lord with only one son receiving acceptance for his service unto God. Genesis 4:3-5 And in process of time it happened, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD. 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: But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.” 

Cain became angry, God spoke to Cain and told him to repent and do what is right, but again, if we understand this is the story of Adam, it should be possible for us to fill in the details as to why Cain became angry to the point it drove him to kill his brother. If we can remember, God told Adam not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil for the day he eats from the tree he shall die, and after he ate from the tree and faced judgment, Adam, we know was cast out of the garden and away from the presence of God, and as such loss eternal life.  

But more importantly, we are to remember, he was given power over the created works of God, and what we need to see in this whole story is the reality, God did not take this authority away from Adam, but instead, promise to pass that authority over to one of Adam’s sons who was to become the savior of the world. But the way God was going to preserve that authority, was through ancestry until the day this one and only Son of God was to have been born into the world. Because with God’s approval, and the authority this Son of God would have come to inherit, this coming son of Adam, the son of man, and this coming Son of God, God in human flesh would be able to pardon or forgive the sins of man.   

Genesis 3:14-15 “The LORD God said unto the serpent, because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” By the authority of God, the son of man, and the Son of God would be able to destroy the power and authority of the enemy, and by that same power provide redemption to humanity. And so, when we look at the picture and story regarding Cain being angry with his brother, and his father to have been moved to banished Cain for killing his brother, we can see it was because of Cain’s loss to have not been given rule in place of Adam. 

God told Adam, Genesis 2:17 “of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eat thereof thou shalt surely die.” And that was the now reality he was facing at this point in his life. The day was coming when Adam will have to face death, and because of this new reality, and because of his sin, and rebellion against God, and the now penalty resting on his life, he will need to leave the kingdom in the hands of a worthy son, and the son of his choice in Adam’s eye was Abel who over time had shown himself to be a genuine commitment to God. 

Leaving the kingdom, throne, and authority over the kingdom in the hands of Abel, seem to have been the best choice in the eyes of Adam, and with the direction of God’s choosing to leave his authority in the hands of Abel, would end up costing Abel his life. Cain became angry, and when his father told him to do what was right and good because sin was in his heart. Cain refused to obey his father, and God who spoke through his father, and so revolt against his brother and killed him in an attempt to take the kingdom unto himself becoming the first shadow of the nature and desire of the Antichrist.  

Genesis 4:6-8 “The LORD said unto Cain, why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? If thou do well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou do not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him. And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it happened, when they were in the field, that Cain revolted against Abel his brother, and slew him.” 

I am not sure why Cain went out and talked with his brother, I can only imagine based on the human nature and letters of this story, it was to argue with him over the position he had acquired over the throne, a position given to him by his father. And again, I can only imagine, Cain telling his brother how much he was the first born and should be the one in charge, and maybe when Cain saw that Abel was unwilling to relent and give over this authority and right, he revolted against him and killed him only to be thrown out of the family banished to the land of Nod. 

Now, when Adam found out that Cain had killed his brother, after realizing Abel was missing for some time, Adam had to make the hard choice of sending his first born away from the rest of the family, Cain was now a murderer, it was the mark set upon him, and what he will be known to be for the rest of his life, with Adam declaring no one should set their hands upon Cain to destroy him. Genesis 4:9-16 “And the LORD said unto Cain, where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper? And he said, what hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood cried unto me from the ground. And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand; When thou tills the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.  

And Cain said unto the LORD, my punishment is greater than I can bear. 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 happen, that everyone that finds me shall slay me. And the LORD said unto him, therefore whosoever slay Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him. And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.” 

Adam was angry, and so was God declaring, “the voice of thy brother’s blood cries unto me from the ground” but instead of rewarding Cain with the penalty of death, Adam, and God chose to take away his only inheritance, the land he depended on for his living. “Now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand; when thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength.” And further to that punishment, a mark was set on Cain so that he was to be known as a vagabond, he was to live out the rest of his life in shame for the murder of his brother. 

Now, if we can accept this is the story of Adam compiled by Moses, we can notice these realities that were left out of the story, because when we understand the position of man in the eyes of God, and that through history, man has been the channel through whom God spake and perform his word, we can then substitute the statement declaring “God said in their instances” to realize God was speaking through Adam when these things were done and were spoken.   

Genesis 4:17-26 “Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he built a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch. And unto Enoch was born Irad: and Irad begat Mehujael: and Mehujael begat Methusael: and Methusael begat Lamech. And Lamech took unto him two wives: the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah. And Adah bare Jabal: he was the father of such as dwell in tents, and of such as have cattle. And his brother’s name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ. And Zillah, she also bares Tubal-Cain, an instructor of every artificer in brass and iron: and the sister of Tubal-Cain was Naamah.  

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

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