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Wednesday, June 27 2018
A Bible Journey, 4: Thy Brother's Blood
"And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man's brother will I require the life of man. Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man"
Cain and Abel were the first two children of the first two humans (see the Fact Finder question below to discover another circumstance of their birth). Although their parents existed before them, Cain and Abel were the very first to be born (which literally means to carry) from a woman. Ironically, the mother of all humans did not herself have a female mother - although she was "born" (i.e. carried) by the first man as a part of himself.
"4:1 And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD. 4:2 And she again bare his brother Abel." (Genesis 4:1-2 KJV)
The first humans were created as vegetarians. Even animals were created as vegetarians (like so many other things, the Kingdom of God will be a restoration of Paradise in which even animals will be there, and do no harm - as stated in the famous prophecy "The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent's meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD"; see Why Is The Wolf And The Lamb Prophecy Stated Twice?
"1:29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. 1:30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so." (Genesis 1:29-30 KJV)
Humans did not become meat eaters until centuries later, after the Flood. Notice carefully the already-then law about "surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man's brother will I require the life of man. Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man."
"9:1 And God blessed Noah [see also The LORD's Seed Covenants With The Two Men Of Iraq] and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth. 9:2 And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered. 9:3 Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.
As such, Cain was the one whose labour put food on the table. Abel was a shepherd of flocks that were not consumed as food, although they very-likely were used for clothing e.g. "3:21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them" (Genesis 3:21 KJV)
Cain's resentment of what probably seemed to him as his impractical brother's "work" (i.e. sitting and watching "tending flocks" is usually much less labour than the endless toiling, weeding and harvesting of the soil; see also A Bible Journey, 2: Mother Earth) culminated when Abel's offering of sheep was favored over Cain's hard-labour food for the family.
"4:1 And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD. 4:2 And she again bare his brother Abel.
Despite the LORD's talk with Cain, his anger and jealousy made him into the first murderer - or at least, the first killer of another human.
"4:8 And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him." (Genesis 4:8 KJV)
Cain's famous "Am I my brother's keeper?" was actually, according to the meaning of the original words, a sarcastic, or whining, "Am I my brother's shepherd" - keeping in mind that favored Abel was the shepherd.
"4:9 And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother's keeper?" (Genesis 4:9 KJV)
When Adam and Eve became sinners, toxic and worthless weeds began to grow (see Seed-Bearing Plants: For Food Or For Folly?). When Cain, who was also a worker of the soil ("soul" and "soil" have a direct connection; see What Does The Bible Really Say About Your Soul?), became a murderer, crop failures began i.e. "When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength."
"4:10 And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground. 4:11 And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother's blood from thy hand; 4:12 When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth." (Genesis 4:10-12 KJV)
While Adam and Eve were driven out of the Garden, but still in Eden, Cain was then driven farther away, right out of Eden i.e. "Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden."
"4:13 And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear. 4:14 Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me.
Cain was not however unproductive in children and descendants (see Biblical Eras: Cain's World Before The Flood).
"4:17 And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch. 4:18 And unto Enoch was born Irad: and Irad begat Mehujael: and Mehujael begat Methusael: and Methusael begat Lamech.
Fact Finder: Were Cain and Abel twins?
This Day In History, June 27
1358: The Republic of Dubrovnik (a Croatian city on the Adriatic Sea) was founded (see also The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars).
1743: King George II of Britain defeated the French at Dettingen in the War of the Austrian Succession. He was the last British monarch to lead his troops into battle.
1759: British General James Wolfe landed his army near Quebec City and blocked the St. Lawrence River to French shipping. After a siege that lasted 75 days, the 33 year-old Wolfe led his troops up the cliff behind Quebec City to the Plains of Abraham (September 13) where they defeated Montcalm's garrison and captured the city - a key battle that set the political future of Canada. Both commanders died in battle.
1787: Edward Gibbon wrote the last lines of his classic "The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire" (see also The Politics Of Rome and A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars). Gibbon was a voting Member of the British Parliament at the time of the rebellion of the New England colonies.
1801: British forces defeated the French and took control of Cairo, Egypt (see also Children Of Ham - The Origin Of Egypt And Iraq).
1806: British forces capture Buenos Aires during the first British entry of the Rio de la Plata.
1844: Joseph Smith, the cult leader who became the founder of the Mormon Church, and his brother Hyrum Smith, were murdered by a mob in an Illinois jail.
1893: A major stock market plunge began in the U.S.A., leading to an economic depression in which 600 banks and 74 railroads went out of business by the end of the year (see What Really Happens In A Trade War?; see also The Birth Of The Dollar).
1898: The first solo circumnavigation of the Earth was completed by Joshua Slocum of Briar Island, Nova Scotia.
1905: Mutinous Russian soldiers seized the battleship Potemkin in the Black Sea, throwing the commander and several other officers overboard.
1918: Two German pilots became the first to be saved by parachutes.
1941: During the Second World War (1939-1945), Romanian military forces, as allies of Nazi Germany, began one of the most fierce pogroms in Jewish history in the city of Iasi, (Romania). Over 13,000 Jews - men, women and children - were murdered.
1954: The world's first nuclear power station began operation, in Obninsk, Russia (see also Who Would Throw A Nuclear Boomerang?).
1957: Hurricane Audrey struck near the Texas-Louisiana border. Over 400 people were killed (see also The Origin Of Hurricanes, Cyclones and Typhoons).
1967: The world's first ATM went into service, in London, England.
1976: Members of the Baader-Meinhof gang, a German terrorist organization inspired by Soviet anti-Semitic propaganda, hijacked an Air France airliner flying from Paris to Tel Aviv and forced it to land in Idi Amin's Uganda. They then set apart the 83 Israelis to be murdered if Israel did not release 53 Palestinian terrorists being held in Israel. The hostages were rescued by Israeli commandos in the "Entebbe Raid" 6 days later.
1977: France granted independence to the African nation of Djibouti.
1991: After declaring independence a few days earlier, Slovenia was invaded by Yugoslav military forces, beginning the Ten-Day War.
2007: Tony Blair resigned as British Prime Minister, after 10 years in office.