Life Isn’t That Easy

He Is Here

It’s hard to believe that we are only in chapter 4 of Genesis when so much has happened so far, and yet, up until this point, we have looked at the creation of the world, the creation of man, and the fall. From this point, it’s humanity living with the effects of sin

So, chapter 4 starts with Adam and Eve doing what God asked of them when He said to be fruitful, and so they start a family. The first human ever born into this world was called Cain, which means, I’ve got him, or Here he is

The sad thing is that Eve likely thought that Cain was the seed that God promised or the deliverer who would come from Eve (which we discussed in Genesis 3:15). From this, it seems from the name Cain bore that there is a sense in which Eve was saying more along the lines of, “I have the man from the LORD.”

For most parents, they want good things for their children, and there is usually an undercurrent of wondering if their children are destined for greatness in this world. Yet, Adam, and especially Eve, went one step further with these expectations for Cain, in that they expected Cain to be the Messiah God promised – oh how we wish that life were that easy!

Realities of Life

The sad reality was that Eve thought she held in her arms the Messiah or their Saviour, who would save them as a family from their mistake, but the fact was that she instead had in her arms a murderer

I find this so sad that the effects of sin took only one generation to see what happens when we are not in God’s will for our lives because the first baby ever born became the first human ever to commit murder

Now, incredibly, Eve had faith to believe that the baby she held in her arms would become a man. We need to remember that no baby had ever been born before, and therefore, I wonder what the conversations would have been when Adam and Eve saw Eve’s belly growing, the baby moving, and Cain being born because Adam had only known Eve being “birthed” fully mature, as was he too

A New Name

Lastly, it’s interesting that when Eve is speaking with the serpent, she uses God’s name as Elohim, which the basic meaning behind this is one of strength or power because Elohim is the all-powerful God who shows by His works that He is the creator, sustainer, and supreme judge of the world. Yet, in chapter 4, Eve now embraces the name Yahweh, which comes from the Hebrew word for “I am.” How beautiful is it that in this one word or name, Eve shows us her comfort in God. By using Yahweh, she is saying that God is everything that she needed because He is faithful to his promises or even that He had not forgotten her

This morning, I pray that we realise that Yahweh is everything that we need and more

“When she gave birth to Cain, she said, “With the Lord’s help, I have produced a man!””

Genesis 4:1

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Rebecca Brand

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  1. Jamie

    Interesting reading, thanks for this.

    I brought me to wonder why did God wait so long for The Messiah to make His appearance?

    And then I smiled, what is time to God?

    God of the past, present, future – simultaneously? Not bound by time.

    Time for me to prune fruit trees before they blossom, enjoying my time in nature and this season.

    • Love this reflection…

      I guess for me, I am reminded of Genesis 15:16

      God allowed a certain amount of time for corruption or depravity to run havoc in the world, so that when judgement came, through Israel from God, it would be seen as fitting

      The same thing happened when Jesus first came to earth and died on the cross, but the penultimate act is yet to come when Jesus returns and the world’s depravity will end once and for all 🙌🏼

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