Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Family of Cain

16 Then 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 bore Enoch. And he built a city, and called the name of the city after the name of his son—Enoch. 18 To Enoch was born Irad; and Irad begot Mehujael, and Mehujael begot Methushael, and Methushael begot Lamech.
Genesis 4:16-18, NKJV

Family of Cain

There are two points we should consider from these verses in Genesis 4. First of all, we are told that Cain went out from the presence of the Lord. Second, we find learn of the family of Cain.

Unfortunately, what we find in Cain is the classic heart of unbelief. Cain purposely went out from the presence of the Lord. Even though Cain had personally spoken with God, Himself, Cain did not want anything to do with the righteousness of God. Having a mark upon him so that others would not kill him, he did not need to fear reprisal for his sin. However, at the end of days, Cain, like so many others will be judged and found wanting. Never will he experience the joys of heaven and life with God for eternity. He wanted nothing to do with God, and God honored his wishes.

Second, we find that Cain moved to the land of Nod where children were born to him. It is hard for us to comprehend the sheer number of children our first parents and their progeny were able to have in their lifetimes. My grandmother lived into her 90's and had over 100 personal descendants when she died. Think of how many children our first parents, who lived close to 1000 years were able to have. The Bible only records the birth of Cain's son, Enoch. 

We are also told that Cain built a city, which he named after his son, Enoch. From there, we are given the names of some of the sons of Enoch. So, life went on from father to son and so on. Cities were built and new discoveries were made. Notice, these men and women were intelligent human beings. They were not descended from monkeys, and they did not live the lives of unintelligent cavemen. Rather, some built cities and others lived in tents a moved from place to place.

What are we to think of passages like this portraying the life and family of Cain? We, as human beings, are much like Cain. Cain, through his rejection of God, raised up hundreds of descendants who did not know God. Let us not take lightly our responsibility as Christian parents to train up our children in the way they should go.

However, we cannot save our children. If our children, in spite of what they were taught, choose to leave the God we serve, though it is a grief to us, it is not a personal slight against us. In their heart of hearts, each must choose to follow Christ. It is not a matter of believing that there is a God who rules over all things. Cain knew God--he knew that God was the Creator who ruled over all of the earth. And yet, Cain chose to reject God and go his own way.

As parents, let us pray for our children. Even if they do not serve the Lord as adults, let us pray that God would still be gracious to them and bring them to Him. We serve a great and amazing God who is able to save--even to the uttermost!

Go, today, in the strength and power of Christ. Only in Him to we have joy, peace, and true success!

God Bless You,

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