Posted On February 2, 2022

The First Family

by | Feb 2, 2022 | Featured, Genesis

Genesis 4:1-2, “Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, “I have gotten a man with the help of the Lord.” And again, she bore his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, and Cain a worker of the ground.

Today we continue our study in Genesis by looking at chapter 4. Having been cast out of Eden by the Lord (3:24), Adam and Eve now begin to fulfill God’s mandate to fill the earth (1:28). However, the successful completion of this task will not be easy. As we will see in the story of Cain and Abel, the strife introduced into the world due to Adam’s sin (3:12, 16) only escalates as mankind reproduces.

Chapter 4 begins with a trace of hope. Verse 1 tells us Eve “knew” Adam (often a metaphor for sexual intercourse) and bore a son named Cain. Though marred by sin, images of God begin to become more numerous, providing empirical proof that the Lord’s word is trustworthy. A seed of the woman has come ­— perhaps the very seed that will bruise the head of the serpent (3:15).

Upon giving birth Eve states, “I have gotten a man with the help of the Lord” (4:1). This verse is exceptionally difficult to translate and some commentators think it should be rendered “I have made a man as (or like) the Lord.” If this is true, then Eve would be arrogantly claiming power and authority somewhat equal to God’s.

This latter translation is not widely accepted. In the Old Testament, only Eve refers to her baby boy using the Hebrew term for man. Such usage may well demonstrate her belief that Cain, from infancy, was powerful enough to crush Satan. Even if this is not the case, it is still more probable Eve is expressing gratitude for the Lord’s blessing of a child. If so, our first mother was likely aware that if the curse was to be removed, the One who pronounced it would have to provide the means to do so. Whether or not Adam and Eve ever believed God’s promise, however, remains debatable.

Nevertheless, we know Adam’s firstborn is not the one who overcame the curse. Cain’s occupation as a farmer demonstrates this (v. 2), since the tilling of the ground alludes to the curse on the land. On the other hand, the younger Abel is a shepherd, one who exercises dominion over the animal kingdom, the first assignment given to mankind (1:26). God may have unexpectedly favored the younger son over the older one (see also 25:19–28).

Coram Deo

Even though the firstborn son had certain legal privileges and responsibilities (Deut. 21:15–17), God commonly does the unexpected in Scripture and chooses the younger over the older (Gen. 25:19–26; Rom. 9:13). Among other things, this tells us we cannot trust in our position but only in the promises of the Lord. Are you counting on your church membership or family position to get you into heaven? Remember that only your faith in Christ justifies you.

The First Family, Copyright (2022), Ligonier Ministries.

Related Posts

Weekly Roundup 5/16/2022-5/21/2022

Weekly Roundup 5/16/2022-5/21/2022

This is our weekly roundup of posts for 5/16/2022-5/21/2022. If you have any feedback on how we can serve you our readers better, I would appreciate it. Thank you for reading and allowing us to minister to you throughout this past week through these posts. Monday...

Cut Off

Cut Off

Genesis 17:14, “Any uncircumcised male who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin shall be cut off from his people; he has broken my covenant.” Though there is a certain priority given to Abraham’s natural seed (see Gen. 17:21), from the beginning it is clear...

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made by God

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made by God

On today’s episode, a listener writes in and asks Dave, “Did God Really Know Me Before I Was Born? What You'll Hear on this Episode What the Bible Teaches About Life. Helping the Church Be About Life. We Are “Fearfully and Wonderfully Made” But Need Redemption from...

Why We Need the Puritans

Why We Need the Puritans

Who the Puritans Really Were Horse racing is said to be the sport of kings. The sport of slinging mud has, however, a wider following. Pillorying the Puritans, in particular, has long been a popular pastime both sides of the Atlantic, and most people’s image of...

Native and Foreigner

Native and Foreigner

Genesis 17:11-13, “You shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskins, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and you. 12 He who is eight days old among you shall be circumcised. Every male throughout your generations, whether born in your house or...

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Share
Tweet2
Email
Reddit
Share