The First Murderer & the First Martyr (Saint)
Cain and Abel (Luk 11:51; Heb 11:4; 12:24 )
This is a critical and revelatory passage of Scripture.
You will note that Genesis in Hebrew is call the Book of Beginnings. It is a book of first causes. It is important to pay careful attention to first causes and to study them closely. They often reveal much more than what is initially seen at one’s first glance, and each occurrence steps up a framework, and a pattern, as well as a lens, to see all future incidents of the same nature.
As such many first occurrences happen here in Genesis 1-4: The first 6 days of Creation. The first Man and Woman who were created to receive the Breath of God. The first marriage took place, and God was the Officiating Witness, and the Angels were the Honored Wedding Guests, and all the animal kingdom were also guests (as I imagine it–BTW, they were all vegetarian and so they all had no fear of one another, until after sin entered the world and men became corrupt along with all of creation). The first Family began on the day of the Wedding. The first commandments of God to Man were given. The first introduction of the Two Powerfully Different Trees in the Garden of Eden were given (the Tree of Life, and the Tree of the Knowledge of God and Evil). The First Day of Rest was given. The first appearance of the Serpent (and the interjection and record of Demonic activity upon the Earth). The first Lie ever spoken to a Man. The first temptation. The first act of rebellion against God. The first time man and woman proved ungrateful, unfaithful, disloyal, and acted in betrayal to God. The first time Men tried to run away and Hide from God. The first time a man became afraid of God. The first argument between a man and a woman. The first time blame was attempted to be used to make excuses one’s behavior. The First animal sacrifice. The first prophecy of the Messiah, and the first and second murders all happened within the first 4 chapters of Genesis, or in Hebrew Bereshit.
The Story of The First Murderer in the Bible.
1 And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD. 2 And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. 3 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD. 4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering: 5 But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. 6 And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? 7 If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him. 8 And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.
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