Genesis 4-6: From Cain and Abel to the Flood

ABOUT READING: I am going to give a very brief summary, so if you would like more details on this reading try reading it for yourself here. Today’s reading began with the fourth chapter of the book of Genesis. In this chapter, we are told the story of Adam and Eve’s first two sons; Cain being the firstborn and Abel the second. Cain became a tiller of the land and Abel a herder. After some time, both sons presented the Lord with an offering, Cain gave the fruit of the ground from which he tilled, and Abel gave the “fatty portion of the firstlings of his flock” (Genesis 4:4). God was pleased with Abel’s offering, but not with Cain or his offering. Out of jealousy and anger, Cain murdered his brother Abel. When God learned what Cain had done, He cursed Cain by making it so the earth would produce no fruit for Cain, and so that if anyone killed Cain, Cain would be avenged seven times over.

The next section of this reading, from the end of chapter four through chapter six, focused on the Descendants of Cain and Seth (Adam and Eve’s third son) and the genealogy of Noah starting with Adam. Then, in the last section, or chapter six, we are given the beginning of the story of Noah and the great Flood. Basically, as mankind grew in number, wickedness became rampant, and God began to regret ever having created human beings. So the Lord decided that he would wipe the earth of all living creatures. However, because Noah “found favor with God” (Genesis 6:8), God instructed Noah to build an arch which would hold his family as well as a male/female pair from every kind of animal.

MY REACTION: Overall, there are a lot of things I could say about this reading, but I would like to focus on one in particular. I have seen and read these stories on multiple occasions through multiple means, however, I have never before noticed the following passage:

If you act rightly, you will be accepted;
but if not, sin lies in wait at the door:
its urge is for you, yet you can rule over it.
Genesis 4:7

How absolutely true. One of concepts that I have acquired in recent years is that Satan is greedy and pathetic. He will take whatever he can get his grubby little hands on, and he will always want more. The reason why this passage stood out to me was because it fits so well with the Psalm that I picked out at the start of this week. Remember, evil is nothing compared to God and you can defeat it through our Lord Jesus Christ. Until the serpent has been slain, evil will always crave to take you away from our Lord, away from Love.

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