Even though the first Book of the Bible is often read and quoted, there are a few sentences in the first few chapters that are seldom quoted and little noticed and certainly often denied their significance—and it is powerful! It points up a truth that affects all humanity, whether we acknowledge it or not.
From the beginning God loved His Creation. He said, “In our Image let us make man,” and He did. But that image included free will, and Cain killed his brother, Abel, and harmony in the beautiful Garden was destroyed. God confronted Cain saying, “The blood of your brother Abel cries up from the ground.” And Cain, knowing his guilt, answered God by saying, “Go ahead, take my life because someone will.” But God instead put a “mark” on Cain warning that anyone who killed him would suffer vengeance “seven times over.” Behold, a merciful God Who loves His Creation, the God of a second chance for a sinner! A poignant, glowing example of a forgiving Creator! Genesis 4:1-15
So Cain went out from the Lord’s presence and lived in the Land of Nod, east of Eden. Gen. 4:16 But his later genealogy holds some information that should be of great interest to us. “This is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes.” Psalm 118;23
This is arresting to all people because generations later, by God’s grace, mercy and love, the bad beginning in the Garden has turned completely around. Skipping the intervening genealogies from Cain back to Adam, we are told in Genesis 4:25ff these wonderful, hopeful happenings:
Adam lay with his wife again, and she gave birth to a son, and named him Seth, saying, “God has granted me another son in place of Abel, since Cain killed him.” Seth also had a son, and he named him Enosh. And the concluding quote shows the depth of love our God has for His creation: “At that time men began to call on the Name of the Lord.” Brothers and sisters, God still loves us!