In this story Eve bores two children Cain and Able. Cain was the tiller of the ground and Able was the keeper of sheep. The brothers each bring the lord offerings. “Cain brought to the Lord an offering of the fruit of the ground, and Abel for his part brought of the firstlings of his flock, their fat portions” The lord liked Able’s offering, but did not like Cain’s offering. Cain was very angry and his countenance fell. The lord asked him why he was so angry and why his countenance had fallen. The lord tells Cain sin is waiting for him but her must conquer it. Cain tells his brother to come to the filed with him, when Able gets there Cain rises above him and kills him. The lord punishes Cain by cursing him to the ground. “When you till the ground, it will no longer yield to you its strength; you will be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth” The lord puts a mark on Cain so that no one can kill him.
The conflict in this story is man verse god. The lord favors Abel over Cain. Cain feels betrayed and kills his brother Able to spite the lord. The lord punishes Cain for killing Abel. He curses Cain to the ground. Cain and the lord disagree because Cain made an offering to the lord and he did not accept it.
The lesson of this story is not to let ones angry take over. Angry can lead to death and punishments for actions. The story also shows how ones sin can lead to another. The theme of the story is also that Cain offered the lord one of his creations, instead of one of the lords creations like Abel did. Abel worshiped gods way and Cain did it the way that he wanted. The story teaches a lesson about not giving up when you are turned down.
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