Musing on Genesis 4
Cain is worried about people taking revenge for the murder of his brother, Abel. Is he talking about his father and mother? A sister? Brothers yet to be born? Does Cain take one of his sisters with him as his wife or are there people we don’t know about living in the land of Nod?
The Caveman Myth
Cain built a city. He was through with farming — or rather, farming was through with him — so I guess that would make sense. I suppose this would have made Cain a gatherer (still no hunters at this time), foraging for his food. It takes them a few generations to develop musical instruments and bronze and iron tools, but no primitive cavemen here.
More Blood and a Law Unto Himself
Unfortunately, homicide visits Cain’s clan again. Five generations after Cain murdered his brother, Lamech, who may also be the first bigamist, kills a man. Sounds like he’s claiming self defense or perhaps vengeance got out of hand. Then he says, “If Cain is protected by a sevenfold vengeance plan, then I’m protected by a seventy-sevenfold plan.” I guess he figures since Cain murdered his own brother in cold blood and God promised to protect him, he was worthy of an even better protection plan. Only problem is, without God’s backing it’s nothing more than a man speaking words into the air.
Remembering God (They Forgot Already?)
God gives Adam and Eve another son, Seth, to replace Abel. It’s only when Seth’s son, Enosh, is born that men begin to call on the Lord or “worship the Lord by name.” When had they stopped?