Why would this study raise cain?
Well, because I can just see the fundamentalist snarls now. Not only from the fundamentalist but even snarls from those who affirm fulfilled theology as well.
Not realizing that their fear of taking their view to the full conclusion and applying the same sound hermeneutic to the beginning of the bible is actually causing their view to be completely inconsistent.
What about Cain?
That ole murderous, jealous, fruit loving boy.
Cain was the first born of Adam and Eve. Very first.
Abel was next. Second.
Cain killed Abel when he grew upset over the better offering that Abel had brought to God.
God heard Abel's blood crying out to Him from the ground and sent Cain away and out of God's presence. But look what we read in Genesis chapter 4...
"And Cain said to the Lord, “My punishment is greater than I can bear! Surely You have driven me out this day from the face of the ground; I shall be hidden from Your face; I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond on the earth, and it will happen THAT ANYONE WHO FINDS ME WILL KILL ME.” Genesis 4:13-14
What is Cain saying there?
"IF ANYONE FINDS ME THEY WILL KILL ME!"
Who is this "anyone"?
If nobody else existed on the whole earth, who is Cain so worried about finding him?
Cain was the firstborn of Adam and Eve. The only other person born according to the account at that time was Abel and he was dead already at this point. So who is Cain worried about? Is he worried about Adam and Eve finding him and killing him? Doubtful.
Then the Lord said...
"Therefore, WHOEVER KILLS CAIN, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold.” And the Lord set a mark on Cain, lest ANYONE FINDING HIM SHOULD KILL HIM."
WHO IS GOING TO FIND CAIN AND KILL HIM if the world at this time consisted of only Adam, Eve, and Cain?
Cain was worried of other humans who were clearly already alive when he was banished by God. The mark was set on him by God so that if anyone killed him, vengeance would be taken on them.
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