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Monday, October 24, 2011

The Pain of Being Cain

Good day Mars, ...continued from, "All About Eve"
     As mentioned, we will go a little deeper into Cain; the first born of Adam and Eve. Cain's name sounds like "got" which basically means to acquire or to get. Genesis 3:20, ...Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all who live. (Contemporary English Version) So, she gave life to Cain and he got or acquired life. You will find through this study how significant Cain's name predicted his life, remember Cain means "got".
See before this extensive study, I even thought Cain had it real bad. And he did but in the end he "got or acquired" a life; and a good one too. Let's get into his life and personality traits. This study was taken from Genesis 4, specifically. (CEV)
     Genesis 4:3...Cain gave a part of his harvest to God. This tells us he was selfish.
     Genesis 4:5...Cain was so angry because God was not pleased with his offering.
                             This tells us he had anger/emotional issues: jealousy, envy/strife.
     Genesis 4:5...Cain couldn't hide his feelings.
                             Tells us he also displayed physical/impulsive emotions.
     Genesis 4:7...God told him if he had only did the right thing.
                             Tells us he did not possess good decision making skills.
     Genesis 4:8...Cain killed Abel. Tells us he was a murderer.
     Genesis 4:9...God asked, where is your brother? Tells us he was not accountable
                             for others, sarcastic, disrespectful and a liar.(thru his answers to God)
     Genesis 4:12...God said, the land you farm will not produce.
                              Tells us he was unproductive, cursed, poor and a wanderer.
     Genesis 4:13...When God cursed and punished Cain, he responded that the
                              punishment was too hard. Tells us he was a complainer, irresponsible,
                              not liable for his actions, a castaway, separated from God, homeless,
                              and worried about being murdered himself.
     These excerpts from the bible tell a lot about the very personality traits that Cain possessed. Seems and sounds familiar right? Our sons can and will have some of these same traits but the moral to this story is that God in His sovereignty never left Cain nor will He leave our sons. But mothers these blessings and promises only come through the salvation of Jesus Christ. If we're saved then He promised to save our household too. Remember, where as one man came death (Adam) and another came life (Jesus).
     Throughout all of chapter 4 God was still available for Cain to inquire of Him. With God's tender mercy, loving kindness and endless compassion, He placed a mark on Cain as a form of protection that only He can supply. What really blew me away was in v14 Cain said, ...You're making me leave my home and live far from you...Even in Cain's disparity he never wanted to leave God's presence. He knew that in all his wrong doings that God our Father would never leave nor forsake him. God still reigns on the just and unjust.
     In the end, Cain got life! Not the life sentence of utter dread and death, as the world does so freely gives, but a life of abundance.   Genesis 4:17, gives joy in telling us this...17Later, Cain and his wife had a son named Enoch. At the time Cain was building a town, and so he named it Enoch after his son. Cain eventually got his life together, acquired a wife, built not a home but a town. He named his only son after that city, Enoch. Reassuring us of God's endless mercy. Hope you were as blessed as I was to receive this wisdom.
Jerri of Mars

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

All about Eve

Hey Mars,       Thank God we're back together again! I pray the Lord has kept you all as He has also did the same for me. Please stay with us this next dispensation of time because the Lord is going to take us into deeper depths and higher heights. Time is over for mediocrity.
     These next few months will be straight bible, Mars, particularly dealing with mothers and of course their sons. We will start in Genesis and work our way through unto Revelations. Let's not delay any further...
Genesis 4
     Adam and Eve had their first born, a son she named Cain. Eve tells us that the Lord "helped her" so is the significance of his name. Biblical women were accustomed to naming their sons and/or children after their individual circumstances or things to come. Unlike the women of our time who do so for other reasons. However, we must not forget it's God, who brings us through the often painful plights of childbirth, in which Eve paid homage to.        Remember, God does require us to hearken unto His voice for ALL advice. He spoke to Joseph in Matthew 1:21, to name the baby Mary was carrying, Jesus. In Hebrew, Jeshua: the one who will save man from his sins. The importance in naming our sons which often times speaks life and/or predicts their future.
     Getting back to Eve, the Lord helped her. Her punishment for sin was that she would endure terrible suffering during childbirth. So as a parenthetical, she probably knew that if it had not been for the Lord who showed her mercy during child birthing, she might have died in doing so. You see Eve was not suppose to ever suffer, after all she lived in God's presence, where there is absolutely no suffering in that place. (Rev 21:3-4)
     But God is sovereign, blessing and cursing whomever He chooses. Although Eve was cursed with suffering terribly during childbirth, she remembered that the Lord blessed her with His help to get her through, she bears witness to that testimony.
     So Mars, remember that God blesses and curses not us! It is He who helps us, not man; and He will always have our best interest because He made us in His image and His likeness...Next time we will go deeper into the personality traits of Cain, its deep ya'll!
Love, Jerri of Mars