Chapter Five:

Two Sons

After the Garden was lost to Adam and Eve, they began living as a family, and two of their sons were born to them. The first was Cain, who was a farmer, and he would bring of his fruits to offer sacrifice to God. The Bible does not tell us whether Cain brought of the very best of his labors, or what his attitude was, but it does tell us that God was not happy with Cain's offerings because it was not offered by faith. The second son was Abel, and Abel became a keeper of the flocks. He would bring the first-fruits of his flocks and by faith offered them to God in sacrifice. His faith is mentioned in the New Testament:

(Hebrews 11:4 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.).

It also tells us that Cain was jealous of Abel. God told Cain that because of his jealousy sin lay at the door of his heart. In time, Cain became angry and killed Abel, and Abel's blood cried out to God from the ground. Eve surely must have then felt sorrow over her children. God confronted Cain with his sin, and Cain denied his deed by asking "Am I my brother's keeper?" But God knew what he had done, and he punished him by sending him into the world away from his family, to be a wanderer and never have a home of his own. The ground would never yield for him again. He was to be hidden from the presence of God, and he cried out that his punishment was too great to bear. God put a mark on Cain to let the rest of the world know what Cain had done, and to keep them from killing Cain as judgment.

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Table Of Contents

God's Word - The Bible
In The Beginning
The Garden
God Reaches Out
Two Sons
And Man Multiplied
The Flood
The Rainbow
The Faith of Abraham
A Covenant Promise Fulfilled
Analogies: Sons and the Covenant
The Ultimate Test of Faith
To Make A Nation
A Prophet Raised Up
Intertestamental History
Fullness Of Time