March 12. 2019

Cain knew his wife, and she conceived and bore Enoch. When he built a city, he called the name of the city after the name of his son, Enoch. – Genesis 4:17 ESV


Without Faith it is impossible to please God. (Hebrews 11:6) Faith in God and His Word is the DECISION to believe what God says versus what man can figure out. Faith is the WILL to believe what GOD says even when our finite minds cannot grasp HIS INFINITE WISDOM. This might be some of the meaning in Matthew 18:3 where Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Children are willing to believe, they are what we might call GULLIBLE.
Leader, Since Adam, Eve, and their sons are the only humans the Bible has mentioned so far, the sudden appearance of Cain’s wife has troubled readers from ancient times to the present. This question even came up in the Scopes trial in 1925: Clarence Darrow asked his opponent, William Jennings Bryan, “Did you ever discover where Cain got his wife?” as a way to question the Bible’s historical reliability. The answer: Gen 5:4, states that Adam had “other sons and daughters,” arguing that Cain’s wife was his sister (or perhaps his niece) and that in the early days of humanity, marriage between brothers and sisters was both necessary and genetically safe. This is where our desire TO KNOW OUR GOD and digest HIS WORD- shows God our desire to have INTIMACY with HIM and to SEEK HIM, to HUNGER for HIM and HIS WORD, to CRAVE THE TRUTH, HIS TRUTH and be different than this world.
Conduit, unfortunately people are looking for a reason to NOT BELIEVE- NOT, to believe. How do you put the PACIFIC OCEAN into a water bottle? You can’t, just like you can’t put the INFINITE knowledge of the creator GOD into the finite space called the human mind. There are writings outside the BIBLE, historical writings and man’s desire to ‘fill in the gaps”- that sometimes give us deeper meaning- but it is GODS WORD that is to be believed, trusted and LIVED OUT. Some ancient Jewish writers who retell the story mention that Adam and Eve had daughters early on and even give them names. Some ancient readers speculated that there was more to Cain and Abel’s rivalry than God’s unexplained preference for Abel’s sacrifice (Gen 4:4), suggesting that it was a fight over a woman—their sister—that let to the first murder. Jewish, Christian, and Muslim sources all transmit some version of this motif, but the details vary widely. Some ancient sources, for example, say Cain and Abel each had a twin sister but fought over who would marry the one who was more beautiful; others give Abel two sisters and Cain only one. The Midrash takes this motif further, saying that Cain and Abel fought over three things: how to divide property, in whose territory the temple would be built, and who would marry the additional twin sister born with Abel (Genesis Rabbah XXII.VII). There is much in the history of man that is NOT in the Bible- God put in what HE FEELS we need to know to REPENT- change our mind- and allow the God of the universe to REDEEM us through HIS SON, JESUS the CHRIST! There are many Gaps in the BIBLE- it’s a NEED TO KNOW, arrangement. All we need to know is, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have eternal life”. Today’s only material question: Do you have strong faith- Are you willing to BELIEVE and ACT AS IF?

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