Genesis Chapter 4
The first couple is blessed by the Lord with two sons through the God-ordained system of reproduction. The two boys were different; Abel was a keeper of sheep and Cain was a tiller of the ground.
An offering was brought by each of the boys and God had respect unto Abel’s offering, but had not respect for Cain’s. Cain was angry as a result. The Lord spoke to Cain and stated facts about how He always deals with man. Cain killed Abel because his own works were evil and his brother’s were righteous (1 Jn 3:12; Mt 23:35). God asks Cain about the whereabouts of his brother and Cain says, “Am I my brother’s keeper.” Abel’s blood cried out from the ground and God cursed Cain. Cain protested that the punishment was too great and God placed a mark on Cain and vowed vengeance 7-fold upon anyone who killed Cain.
Cain’s descendants are listed in this chapter. The first polygamist is introduced to us in the person of Lamech. Jubal is listed as the father of those who handle the harp and organ. Tubalcain was instructor of every artificer in brass and iron. Lamech evidently killed a man in self-defense. Adam and Eve have another son, Seth.
For a four-page handout suitable to use in Bible Class in PDF format, click H-E-R-E. For further study, I have prepared a document with links to 27 articles dealing with some aspect of Genesis 4. You may find that PDF document by clicking H-E-R-E.
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