In Genesis Chapter Four, I just couldn’t wrap around Cain’s emotionally detached demeanor.
I did some digging into why Cain’s offering wasn’t accepted by God and I won’t be going over it in this blog, but I wanted to mention the overview of his sassy attitude towards God!
I’ve been mad at him and I’ve asked him, “Why?” When I felt frustrated, sad, hurt, or disappointed.
But the way I read verse 9 when God asked Cain where his brother was, “I do not know, am I my brother’s keeper?” I was shocked.
I know that if I spoke that way to my parents, I would’ve been clocked in the face (lol)
Again, God knew what happened to Abel and he explains to Cain how he knows (verse 10) and he curses Cain from the one thing he knows how to do and God got him right in the sweet spot.
It reminded me of a story my coworker told me about her son when he started to become disrespectful; “I took his guitar and he said, ‘You might as well starve me to death and take my oxygen!”
Literally how I took Cain’s response, “My punishment is greater than I can bear. Behold, you have driven me today away from the ground, and from your face I shall be hidden. I shall be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me.”
A tad overdramatic but I totally understand at the same time.
Farming is all he knows and he’s now separated from his family.
I also think it’s crazy how he’s missing the point of why God said what he said.
It wasn’t to spite him but it was the consequence for his brother.
As someone who works at a school, all I can hear is, “That’s not fair,” from a child who has been received a fair consequence.
God also never said that he’ll be killed.
And to Cain’s response, he assured him of his protection.
I also wanted to note that God warned him and in a sense, gave him encouragement in verses 6-7.
The Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why has your face fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is contrary to you, but you must rule over it.
He asks Cain why he’s upset. He then tell him that he, too, can be accepted.
He also tells him to basically do a heart check.
His heart is angry and can lead to sin but he “must rule over.”
I think that this also shows, again, that God is there with us, guiding s in the path of righteousness but we give in to sin.
But just as he has shown Cain mercy (protection from being killed), he also shows us mercy.