We have to keep in mind that before Cain murdered Abel, no human had ever died. Cain and everyone else alive at that time, had never been exposed to a friend or relative dying in the hospital, to a violent movie with a high body count, to a first person shooter game with gory graphics where the goal is to kill as many of the enemy as possible, or to a real life war where the same goal presides.
He may not even have realized that his anger would have such a dramatic result. The reality of physical death was a new concept. Perhaps Cain thought that he could move on with his life, now without the person who distressed him the most.
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Perhaps the religious leaders who killed Jesus thought the same. What a thorn in their side He was, this upstart Rabbi who was so open and honest about everything, including their shortcomings. This One who was stealing away the hearts of the people with His love, His mercy, and His miracles. Of course in both the case of Abel and the case of Jesus, this was not to be.
Cain learned, as we all learn, that we can be sure our sin will find us out. A way to reconcile with the Father was provided. Think about it, Cain lived in a time so early in the development of the human race that wherever Cain went he would encounter his relatives. And his relatives, either out of fear of Cain or out of a desire for vengeance, might attempt to kill him. But God puts a mark on Cain to deal with this issue.
You and I must realize the same. To subscribe at our regular subscription rate, click the button below. To manage your subscription, visit your Bible Gateway account settings. Upgrade, and get the most out of your new account. Try it free for 30 days. Genesis And he said, What hast thou done? And [the Lord] said, What have you done?
God's Design for Compassionate Justice
Then the Lord said: Why have you done this terrible thing? You killed your own brother, and his blood flowed onto the ground. Now his blood is calling out for me to punish you. And he said to him: What hast thou done? You killed your brother and the ground opened up to take his blood from your hands. Now his blood is shouting to me from the ground.
Deuteronomy Righteous Blood Cries Out For Vengeance | Edge Induced Cohesion
So you will be cursed from this ground. The voice of your brother's blood is crying to me from the ground. Again he said, What hast thou done? So what is dead Abel speaking to us? It was dusk.
Cain was working late. Not wanting to face his parents, he was trying to disguise his guilt-infused fear with a preoccupation with his crops. Cain had grown to loathe Abel. It had been building for years.
No matter what, Abel always seemed to turn a situation to his advantage. Was there a conflict? Abel the Humble loved to be the first to reconcile. Did anyone need help?
The Lovely Insufficiency of Gratitude
Abel the Servant loved to be the first to offer it. Was there an injury?
Abel the Compassionate loved to be the first to comfort. Even when Cain showed greater endurance and ingenuity in his work, Abel could rob him of any satisfaction with a virtuoso performance of self-effacing virtue.
What Cain found most maddening was Abel the Pious, flaunting his tender conscience and precious devotion to God for the admiration of all.