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Lesson # Genesis 4:9-12
Study Material - Genesis 4:9-12
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9 Then the LORD said to Cain, 'Where is Abel your brother?' And he said, 'I do not know. Am I my brother's keeper?' 10 And He said, 'What have you done? The voice of your brother's blood is crying to Me from the ground. 11 And now you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother's blood from your hand. 12 When you cultivate the ground, it shall no longer yield its strength to you; you shall be a vagrant and a wanderer on the earth.'
Abel has become the first fruits of physical death and was the first to be entered into Paradise, one of the four compartments in Hades, which is the general reference for the underworld. Christ will be the first fruits of the resurrection, followed by the Royal Family at the rapture, then the Old Testament believers at the second advent. Abel remained in Paradise until the Cross, then was transferred to a new Paradise in heaven. Abel was part of a great procession led by Christ after the work of the Cross was completed, where all the believers of the Old Testament were led to heaven and there await their resurrection. So Abel has been waiting a long time.
Now as to Cain. He refuses to acknowledge or take responsibility for his own actions. Evil people always have an excuse, never see their own faults, always justify their actions because it suits them. Their compassion is wanting and they think only of themselves, never caring about others. Abel is now dead physically and his soul and spirit are in Paradise. Cain is on his way to Torments, the place that unbelievers reside waiting the final judgment. But God still gives him a chance. The lake of fire is a terrible place and God doesn't want anyone to go there, but people choose for it of their own free will.
Where is Abel? God certainly knows. Angels escorted Abel to his new temporary home. God has an account of everyone, but this answer of Cain's only demonstrates his apathy and lack of compassion, and lack of conscience. His response is not in remorse but in bitterness and continued anger. What wrong has been done to Cain? None. Yet he has murdered Abel. Cain has been given everything but he resents what he has, only because his pride, his ego, has been hurt. And it was he himself who suffered an injured pride, and caused the injury. Neither God nor Abel, not Adam or Eve, or his brothers or sisters, none of these caused him any injury.
Sin is blind to the truth. Cain added rebellion to his sin. He adds his intentional lie to his intentional murder. Sin thinks it can hide itself from God, but God sees all. Sin attempts to deceive, but is in itself deceived. Phil. 2:4, we are not merely to look out for ourselves, but to look out for the good of others as well. This is being responsible. We do not interfere with the lives of others, nor try to superimpose our morals and beliefs on others. They have the right to choose for themselves. But here Abel came up missing, and Cain should have been concerned for the missing person under normal circumstances, but of course he knew where Abel was. He just did not care. 'Am I my brothers keeper?'
Now the charge, 'what have you done?' God knows what has happened. He has all the facts. The blood of Abel is a witness to his death, and it cries out for justice. That will ultimately come at the resurrection. Job 20:27 and Rom. 8:20, 22, both reveal that all of creation did not bring on its own destruction and defects, but Satan in his rebellion brought about this groaning in creation. The heavens will reveal the sin, and the earth will swallow up those who are responsible. No one can do anything is secret, for all of creation around us provide a record of our actions. God knows all and has kept a complete record in heaven. With each commission of sin, the earth disintegrates a little more. In the early days the life spans were nearly 900 years, then they fell to the 600's, then the 400's, then the 200's, then below the 100's to a low of the 20's and 30's in the dark ages. Even today we still are only back in the 80's and 90's on average for a life expectancy. So even with our technology we have not come very far, yet modern medical science boasts of our advances. Matt. 23:35, Christ keeps an account of all the blood spilled, every drop, nothing gets by Him. Nothing goes unaccounted for. The evil ones will be held accountable one day. And their judgment will last for an eternity.
Rom. 1:18, God curses all of sin, and so Cain receives his curse. The ground is the target, for dust we are and dust we will return. Adam was cursed to the ground, but he repented and God gave him a second chance, but Cain did not repent and so God did not grant a second chance, because Cain rejected the opportunity of that second chance. God makes all things clear to everyone. No one has an excuse. No one can say that they did not know the repercussions. Everyone makes their own bed by their own choices, therefore they have no one to blame but themselves.
The word for blood is in the plural, bloods. The bloods of Abel speaks to those who will die in the future throughout history, all waiting patiently for the respective resurrections and final judgments.
God did not take immediate vengeance, but assigned it to the earth. That which Cain took his pleasure in was now denied to him. Cain sought his meaning and purpose from the things of this world, and that will not happen because it doesn't exist. The earth can not provide that which it does not have. Purpose comes from heaven and no where else. So throughout history man will look to nature, to science, to philosophy, to the things of this world for answers, but the true answers are in heaven and our relationship to God and our destiny in eternity. Our residence on this earth is temporary, not permanent. We were placed here not to become permanent inhabitants of this planet, but to resolve the angelic conflict.
Deu. 28:15, prosperity is denied to the wicked. Cain sewed evil and reaped cursing. The judgment of God is the denial of residence on the earth. The evil people will not inherit the earth, not anything in creation. Even their efforts will come to naught. For during life they will be under the delusion of their successes, but in death they will see the real payoff for their arrogance.
A vagrant and a wanderer, is the condemnation forever of Cain and all who follow his path. Fools will romanticize these concepts, but the reality is eternal separation from God and the lake of fire. Eternal misery, pain and suffering beyond anything one can imagine.
Cain was sent off to wander aimlessly in his own lusts. No peace and constant torment by his own mental attitude, see verse 13. But God gave him space to repent, opportunity to recover and return to the family of God and come back under the protection and prosperity that results from a relationship with God. But Cain will only think of his own lustful interests. Refusing to the very end to acknowledge God and His authority and wisdom.
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