After that A·dham (earthly man) and the Chava (Eve) were banished from the Gan Eden, they were given children who did turn to the Maker God and brought korban (or offered sacrifice) to Him. The word for offering “korbanot” gives an indication for karov, a willing to get closer.
“Now the man had relations with Eve his wife and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain. She said, “I produced a man with ADONAI.” Then she gave birth again, to his brother Abel. Abel became a shepherd of flocks while Cain became a worker of the ground. So it happened after some time that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to ADONAI, while Abel—he also brought of the firstborn of his flock and their fat portions. Now ADONAI looked favorably upon Abel and his offering, but upon Cain and his offering He did not look favorably. Cain became very angry, and his countenance fell.”
(Genesis 4:1–5 TLV)
Once again we come to hear that in case man does good there would be no problem with God.
“Then ADONAI said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, it will lift. But if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the doorway. Its desire is for you, but you must master it.””
(Genesis 4:6–7 TLV)
From the saga of Qayin (Cain) and Hevel (Abel) we learn how once again man was carried away by thoughts in his mind and got tempted to do something wrong. Nachash or temptation confiscated Qayin his spirit and led him to assault Hevel, his brother, and slaughtering him.
“Cain spoke to Abel his brother. While they were in the field, Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him.”
(Genesis 4:8 TLV)
Again we can not say that evil came from nothing. Now we did not have man wanting to be equal with God, but wanting to have the privileged place with God. This shows us that after some years man had become conscious about his relationship with God and his hope to be seen as some one who wants to be close to Him. But we also learn that the chava Eve got talked into her sin by her wrong thoughts and becoming a satan, this time Qayin being a child of her, coming from man who had sinned now this man having evil deeds or works came to belong to the evil one.
“Do not be like Cain, who was from the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his deeds were evil, while his brother’s were righteous.”
(1 John 3:12 TLV)
As avon Qayin had to become as a fugitive, a vanad (wanderer, nomad).
“So now, cursed are you from the ground which opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. As often as you work the ground, it will not yield its crops to you again. You will be a restless wanderer on the earth.””
(Genesis 4:11–12 TLV)
As such the offspring from Qayin became damned from the soil. Him wavering and wandering earth, brought people at several places going to different places and creating new settlements. It can well be that after Qayin left his community, after he had received an ot from God, and built a city, that several of his descendants continued on the the same path of violence, and therefore Qayin became considered to be of the evil one or part of the satan (the opposers of God) and bringing forth “followers of satan“.
At the different places where people came to live they had the free choice to stay in a good relationship with the Divine Creator or to go their own way. True emunah (or faith) is only possible when we are given the freedom to choose whether or not we want to honour God. He wants His creatures to make the choice for Him out of their free will. He had seen His first human beings to rebel against Him, but was still willing to accept them as His banim (or children). But they had to behave as His children and show their acceptance and love for Him.
Throughout the ages we can find peoples who tried to please God and wanting to come close to Him, but we also see the growing tendency of peoples who wanted God to please them. Because they not always got what they wanted from The God many also started creating other gods which would be more willing to listen them and to answer to their requests and supplications.
Being all the time confronted with nature, many hoped to find good-willing gods in that nature and started making gods of plants and trees as well as of natural phenomena they could not yet explain, like thunder and lightening. They were even prepared to offer some of their children just to get what they wanted. For lots of people their god (or gods) had to be some one who gave in into their supplications and expectations. Their gods had to serve them, more than they having to serve their gods.
Nearly every culture got its own gods and as such the world got a magnitude of different gods: first off all the ancient gods, Canaanite-, Celtic-, Chaldean-, Germanic– and so many other heathen gods. But all the time there were people who wanted to be, or stay, a true follower of God instead of being a follower of the world.
- Creation of the earth and man #17 Man in the image and likeness of the Elohim #1 In the image and after the likeness
- Necessity of a revelation of creation 5 Getting understanding by Word of God 3
- Moment of getting knowledge and its consequence
- Disobedient man and God’s promises
- First mention of a solution against death 7 Human sacrifice
- Cain and Abel in the Bible
- Bereshith 4:1-7 Eve’s discouragement over the curse of many children and trying to please God
- Bereshith 4:6-16 The Punishment of Kayin
- Cain his killing, marrying and death
- Being in isolation #5 Isolated Biblical figures and Confessional isolation
- Genesis 03 – The Fall of Man
- Get Out of My Garden
- Out of the Garden, part eight
- Genesis 4
- Genesis 4:1-17: Cain and Abel
- Cain and Abel
- Biblical story of Cain and Abel remarkably similar to the Egyptian story of Osiris and Set
- Cain and Abel: The First Fight
- No Need to Be Torn
- The Marked Man
- Breaking the Cycle of Violence
- Second Chances
- Planet Jesus – Cain & Abel – Ep. 7
- Vayikra: Offering
- Vayikra: Cows, sheep, goats and God
- God or Man Pleasers
- Please God