Cain and His Descendants

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Cain and His Descendants

Two Lines and Two Realms

The Bible tells us that Cain and Abel were not the only descendants of Adam and Eve. Genesis 5:4 says that later Adam begot more sons and daughters. But Cain and Abel stand out from the other descendants because they represent the two manners of life.

Cain Being Sent Away from God's Presence

After Cain murdered Abel, God came to him and asked, "Where is Abel your brother?" Cain responded, "I do not know. Am I my brother's keeper?" (Gen. 4:9). Cain, who had tried to do everything according to his understanding of God's commandment, became so cruel and so evil. Then God said, "What have you done? The voice of your brother's blood is crying out to Me from the ground. And now you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother's blood from your hand" (Gen. 4:10-11). Even the earth itself had sympathy for Abel. God judged Cain by strengthening the curse on the ground and driving Cain away from His presence.

Cain's Wandering in the Land of Nod

After God put a mark on Cain and sent him away, Cain began his life of wandering. "And Cain went forth from the presence of Jehovah and dwelt in the land of Nod, east of Eden" (Gen. 4:16). The name "Nod" means "wandering."

The Learning on the Line of Knowledge is Fast and Productive

The line of Cain continued with his descendants. Cain begot Enoch, whose name means "learning." Learning the spiritual things on the line of life is very difficult, while learning the non-spiritual things on the line of knowledge is much easier.

Cain's line is very productive, and everything on Cain's line moves quickly. We see this also with the name of Enoch's son, Irad. The name "Irad" means "rapid" or "fast."

Mehujael: "God is Combating"

The next person on this line is Irad's son Mehujael. Mehujael's name means "God is combating." The name "Mehujael" indicates that God was struggling with the human beings on this line. God...
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