Genesis Chapter 4:
(1) And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD.
(2) And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.
(3) And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.
(4) 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:
(5) But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.
(6) And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?
(7) If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.
(8) And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.
(9) And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper?
(10) And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground.
(11) And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand;
(12) When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.
(13) And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear.
(14) 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 come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me.
(15) And the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.
(16) And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.
(17) And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch.
(18) And unto Enoch was born Irad: and Irad begat Mehujael: and Mehujael begat Methusael: and Methusael begat Lamech.
(19) And Lamech took unto him two wives: the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah.
(20) And Adah bare Jabal: he was the father of such as dwell in tents, and of such as have cattle.
(21) And his brother’s name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ.
(22) And Zillah, she also bare Tubalcain, an instructer of every artificer in brass and iron: and the sister of Tubalcain was Naamah.
(23) 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.
(24) If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, truly Lamech seventy and sevenfold.
(25) 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.
(26) 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.
Thought For This Chapter…
Jealousy… we all have experienced the burning feeling inside of us as we became jealous of those around us. In this chapter, we come face to face with the irrationality jealousy of Cain and the devastating results of that jealousy that remained unchecked in his life.
Cain, the firstborn of the family, clearly held a much higher position in his family than that of Abel. After all, we are told that Cain was the one that Abel would “desire” and Cain would be the one that would “rule over” Abel.
In spite of all of these benefits, Cain took matters in his own hands, did as he pleased, and offered an offering to the Lord that was the work of his own hands. He had offered fruit from the field he had planted, nourished and reaped. He did not follow the will of the Lord for his life. His offering was rejected by the Lord.
Abel, on the other hand, by faith, unquestioningly followed the Lord’s commands and offered an offering of a slain lamb. Abel’s offering, made by faith, according to the instructions of His Lord, and picturing Christ, was pleasing to the Lord and accepted by Him.
In spite of all that Cain possessed, and in spite of all the family authority that Cain held, Cain found himself in enflamed with jealousy because Abel’s offering was found acceptable in God’s sight, while his own offering was found lacking.
Sadly this type of jealousy was not limited to Cain’s heart, or among physical family members; but it can also be seen in a Christian’s heart toward other Christians.
How easy it is for each one of us to forget the many blessings our Lord has graciously given to us and the privilege of His service that we possess. Instead, we find ourselves concentrating on the one area of our Christian walk that seems to be outdone by others around us. In the midst of all our spiritual blessings, we find ourselves becoming jealous of those who are faithfully serving Him.
Instead of encouraging them, and holding thankfulness in our hearts for what the Lord is doing in their lives, we find ourselves becoming bitter and jealous because another Christian has “outshined” us.
May we always be on guard against this every present temptation that we all face during the course of our life on earth.
(4) Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,