Sunday, August 13, 2017

Cast Out

Last week we saw GOD cast out Adam, Eve, and the animal kingdom out of the Garden of Eden upon the fall of man. Due to her sin, GOD told Eve, "I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing. Your desire will be for your husband and he shall rule over you.' To Adam, He said, "Because you listened to your wife and ate from The Tree, cursed is the ground. Through painful toil you will eat of it all of your life. Thorns and thistles will produce. By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food." (Genesis 3:16-19)


(Genesis 4:1-7) Eve, by pain bore a son, Cain. Then later she bore another son, Abel.

Cain worked the soil and brought fruit offerings to the LORD.


Abel kept flocks and brought fat portions from the first born as an offering to the LORD (causing death to come to the animals offered). God looked with favor on Abel, but did not look with favor on Cain's. 

The first murder of man occurs when in jealousy Cain kills Abel.

The LORD questions Cain and then says, "What is this you have done! Your brother's blood cries out to Me. The ground will no longer yield its crop to you." Cain became a wanderer. GOD placed a mark on Cain as a warning for no one to kill him. (Genesis 4:10-15) 

Mankind and the animal kingdom began to multiply and increase in number (and size). The Niphilim were giants 9-10 feet tall and used their size to their advantage to oppress the people (Genesis 6:4, Numbers 13:33, 1 Samuel 17). 



The wickedness of man became great upon the earth and the LORD was grieved He had made man. the LORD said, "I will wipe mankind whom I have created from the face of the earth, men and animals, and creatures along the ground, birds of the air. But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD." (Genesis 6:7-8) Again the animal kingdom will suffer due to man's sins.

Not much is focused on the animal kingdom in these few chapters of Genesis other than the mention of being used for sacrifices. Yet again we see where they suffer due to man's sins. 

Next week's post will deal with the annihilation of mankind and the animal kingdom as well as the preservation of Noah's family and the animals GOD leads to the ark. 

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