Genesis, Old Testament

Day 2: Genesis 4-6

Cain & Abel:

In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord.And Abel also brought an offering—fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast.

Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”

Now Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go out to the field.”[d] While they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.

This actually is the first account of the dangers of Jealousy. How many times have we been on the job and your co-worker seems to get all of the praise. Perhaps you have had a sibling that seems to get more praise then you have.

See from what I read from the very beginning Jealousy had the dangers to become so fierce that it could drive someone to kill.

We have to be careful of Jealousy or just like Cain it can consume us and even the most tender of hearts can become dark and void of compassion.

Cain’s punishment:

Now you are under a curse and driven from the ground, which opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. 12 When you work the ground, it will no longer yield its crops for you. You will be a restless wanderer on the earth.”

Can you imagine this punishment being inflicted on you. Well lets think for a minute.. isn’t this the case when we are consumed with the guild of the wrongs that we have committed. Especially if someone commits murder and takes the life of another human being.

God only promises to love us eternally, but he never promises to bless you. When you life a life of sin and you knowingly choose to keep committing these sins no matter how much you know they are wrong and you continue to make the conscious decision to do so there are 3 things I have personally experienced that were a result.

  1. It seemed I could never get ahead in life, never a blessing only my life falling apart
  2. You feel an emptiness inside, a hunger for peace that you cannot seem to fill

Those two simple truths are a painful truth because that isn’t much different then the curse in which God cast on Cain for the slaying of his brother Abel.

The two bloodlines:

One thing that I learned today was that Abel as he was killed would have been the second son however Adam and Eve had yet another son named Seth..

Lifespan is important to pay attention to:

In chapter 5 in the discussion about the written account of the family line of Adam if you notice everyone lived 700 to 900+ years on this earth. This is an important thing to pay attention to and i’ll touch base on this later on.

If any of you have had the chance to watch the Creation Series by Kent Hovind he points out that before the Great Flood the earth had a crust of Ice in the Atmosphere this increase the levels of oxygen on the earth.

As today’s science shows increased levels of oxygen help rapid healing, and so much more and that is why all throughout the world there is oxygen bars. There is even sleeping oxygen tanks due to the effect of oxygen on the body.

It is thought that with the oxygen being a high capacity on the earth it could result in extended life. However after the flood when the rains fell from the sky for 40 days (The ice crust melted) then the oxygen levels immediately dropped and after Noah the lifespan was very short.

I’ll review more later.

15 When Mahalalel had lived 65 years, he became the father of Jared.16 After he became the father of Jared, Mahalalel lived 830 years and had other sons and daughters. 17 Altogether, Mahalalel lived a total of 895 years, and then he died.

18 When Jared had lived 162 years, he became the father of Enoch.19 After he became the father of Enoch, Jared lived 800 years and had other sons and daughters. 20 Altogether, Jared lived a total of 962 years, and then he died.

21 When Enoch had lived 65 years, he became the father of Methuselah.22 After he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked faithfully with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters. 23 Altogether, Enoch lived a total of 365 years. 24 Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.

25 When Methuselah had lived 187 years, he became the father of Lamech. 26 After he became the father of Lamech, Methuselah lived 782 years and had other sons and daughters. 27 Altogether, Methuselah lived a total of 969 years, and then he died.

When you read all of the review of the decendents of Adam if you notice they say people lived for so long had kids then died.. However it was different with Enoch.

In verse 22 it mentions that Enoch walked with God for 300 years. In verse 24 it mentioned instead of him dying God took him away. What an amazing thing to have been chosen by God to walk with him and learn all of the wonders of the creation.

Wickedness in the World

When human beings began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of humans were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose.Then the Lord said, “My Spirit will not contend with[m] humans forever,for they are mortal[n]; their days will be a hundred and twenty years.

w017_ark_stdNow we can revisit what I said before.. if you dive into chapter 6 it starts diving into Noah and the Great Flood.. however as you read in detail about the great flood after Noah the oldest human being never lived above 120 years old..

This is key to understand because in chapter 6 verse 3 because the Angels (Sons of God) were taking human women as wives. God said “My Spirit will not contend with[m] humans forever,for they are mortal[n]; their days will be a hundred and twenty years.

In this one verse God defined the lifespan thereafter to humans living only to a maximum of 120 years on this earth.

 

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