Northwest of Eden # 4 – THE NODS (Gen. 4-5)

East of Eden there was a land called Nod.  In modern geography, Nod may have been India and Pakistan. The Nods were already present when Adam appeared.  They are one of the mysteries with regard to how many humans God had actually created.  This is also true of the animals.  When Noah sacrificed the only two birds, how was he able to sustain their breed?  The Nephilim died in the Flood.  How then did they reappear in Canaan?  In our inability to comprehend God, we keep on limiting His creativity.  That is why the Nods have been a puzzle.  Nevertheless, they were a beautiful and prosperous nomadic people.  They lived more or less like the animals and the birds.  Nature became both, their friend and their enemy.  When things went well, these humans were happy and they gave thanks to nature for their successful labors.  And when things went badly they felt that certain beings, they called “gods,” were against them.  Man ended up spending much time in rendering many sacrifices to please these unreasonable beings that could not be questioned. 
The people of Nod were not exactly delighted when Cain showed up.  His violent act against a good brother had preceded him.  He was the first to hunt and kill a human. For that reason, his name became a sign not to tangle with the likes of him.  He was feared and left alone.  Only, this fear was from God to protect Cain.  Even at that time, the natural man feared the One that had created this mysterious world.  Cain, himself, would not attempt another act of violence.  Instead, he became a benefactor to the people of Nod.  Before he joined them, they were nomads and shepherds like his brother Abel was.  He was no stranger to the Nods.  One of their beautiful daughters had become Cain’s wife.  When he was forced to leave Eden, he was actually returning home to be with the people of his wife.  Instead of continuing to wander about, he helped them build a city and plant crops.  They no longer hunted for food.  They raised it.  Cain became a reformer.  He used fear in a good way.  The union between Cain and the Nods gave birth to a stronger people.  It was a marriage between a man that had defied his godly parents and God with a Nod daughter. 
Cain had no interest in religious matters, but in his own material success.  For him, might was right.  When he arrived in Nod, he had the idea that he had left God in Eden. The general conception was that God could not move and that He was living in a special place like a garden, a mountain, a temple or a tower.  At least that was what his parents had passed on to him.  They were the ones that were evicted from a garden where God visited them.  In spite of Cain’s crime, he was nevertheless a fallen son of Adam and God.  He suppressed his God-consciousness.  He did not lead a god-fearing life and he did not teach it to his children.  Lamech, one of his distant grandsons, used murder to institute polygamy and became feared seventy times more than his great grandfather Cain.  Lamech set an example that the world would follow endlessly and destroy man in the process.  In addition, the sword became a means to back reign through fear.  Henceforth, might made things right and justice was in the hands of power.  Cain and Lamech reigned by coercion and not consent.  They used fear to get what they wanted.  Their philosophy impacted the Edenites and the Nods alike.  
Cain was an Edenite like his parents, Adam and Eve.  The demise of Abel and the departure of Cain left Adam and Eve childless.  It also left God without a witness.  The couple fathered a third son and named him Seth.  It meant that God had given them a replacement for Abel.  It was anticipated that Seth, like Abel, would do what was right.  Seth had many sons, but not all of them would become an Abel.  Most of the Sethites practiced their faith in silence and gradually became like their uncle Cain and his Nods.  They were the sons of God that married the daughters of man and produced a race of logicians where the mind and not a faith in God dominated.  This superior breed of humans became known as the Nephilim (Gen. 6:4; Num. 13:33).  They used their minds and bodies for pleasure and success that the writer of Genesis called “wickedness.”  These people designed evil ways to enjoy themselves (Gen. 6:5).  They did not kill their opposition with the sword but with their logic or their minds.  They became the lawmakers that used regulations to get what they wanted.  They employed those with less intelligence to enforce their man-made laws.  This was how a dirty mind could keep clean hands.  
One of the first Sethites to preach against this lifestyle was Enoch (Gen. 5:23).  He proclaimed that man should turn back to God and do what was right for everyone.  The first religious mission was not too well received.  Men had begun to pride themselves in what they were accomplishing and they were not interested in what was right or in what was wrong.  Their profits and success justified the way they were living and doing business.  Enoch, apparently, received no endorsement from these intellectuals that regarded morality as an intrusion into their way of doing things.  Even those that did not belong to the intellectual society did not side with Enoch.  It should not surprise us if they even blamed this man of God for causing their misfortune.  Cain, himself, had believed that God and Abel were against him and caused him to do wrong and lose his rightful place in Eden.  We are led to believe that God made Enoch disappear.  The question that has never been asked is, “Who did God use to do it?”   It could have been a Canaanite, a Nephilim or even a Sethite that felt threatened by one of his own vocal godly man.  The next godly preacher was Noah who dared to face the Lamech morality and the Nephilim superior ideology.  He did not shock his contemporaries with the message that God had set a date for their demise if they do not repent.  And to demonstrate that God meant what He said, Noah was instructed to build an ark on dry land.  Noah’s building and preaching became a joke that gave these sinners something to laugh about.