HOW GOD STAYS IN TOUCH WITH MAN: IV

The eviction of Adam and Eve from Eden did not end their relationship with God. They had God with them without knowing it. God’s Spirit was in them, regardless of their ill behavior. Every time a human being is conceived, the Spirit of God gives life to a new birth, regardless of how that being will structure his or her life. The fact that we breathe and live is evidence that the Creator God continues to procreate, and allows life to prosper in the world, in spite of the evil forces, which seek to control and to deplete life.

The loss of Paradise, God replaced with an early Christmas for Adam and Eve, by giving them two lives, or two sons, Cain and Abel. As parents and still learning to be parents, appeared to Cain that they were more attentive to Abel. Cain chose to dispose of his brother and broke up the first godly family. Godliness was not an inborn nature, but godliness was a willful chosen act by everyone to behave lovingly and respectful one another. Cain, like his parents, knew what he had done was wrong. Yet, Cain believed that the Lord God had banished him from His Presence. Exactly, the opposite was true! God advised Cain to change his disposition, but to no avail. The Lord God went with him and kept him from being killed by the Nods. And God let him marry, raise a family, and even built a city. His descendants even perpetuated his evil ways.

The LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door, it desires to have you, but you must master it” (Genesis 4:6-7).

Cain said to the LORD, “My punishment is more than I can bear. Today you are driving me from the land, and I will be hidden from your presence; I will be a restless wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me.” But the LORD said to him, “Not so; if any one kills Cain, he will suffer vengeance seven times over.” Then the LORD put a mark on Cain so that no one who found him would kill him. So Cain went out from the LORD’S presence and lived in the land of Nod, east of Eden.

Cain lay with his wife, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Enoch. Cain was then building a city, and he named it after his son Enoch. To Enoch was born Irad, and Irad was the father of Mehujael, and Mehujael was the father of Methushael, and Methushael was the father of Lamech.

Lamech married two women, one named Adah and the other Zillah. Adah gave birth to Jabal; he was the father of those who live in tents and raise livestock. His brother’s name was Jubal; he was the father of all who play the harp and flute. Zillah also had a son, Tubal-Cain, who forged all kinds of tools out of bronze and iron. Tubal-Cain’s sister was Naamah.

Lamech said to his wives, “Adah and Zillah, listen to me; wives of Lamech, hear my words. I have killed a man for wounding me, a young man for injuring me. If Cain is avenged seven times, then Lamech seventy-seven time” (Genesis 4:13-24).

God has made man with a free will! And God granted every man the right to choose. Man must learn, for himself, how he can best participate and benefit from living out his own human experience. There was not a uniform formula given to him to guide him. The choice to chose between “good and evil” became a heavy burden for man. It did not become a simple choice between black and white, but the muddling through a huge gray area, which lay between the two. Trial and error became man’s teacher. Man had to learn to depend on himself and trust in his own judgments, his own efforts, and his own ventures, which resulted in more failures than in successes. It was a new and harsh world for Adam and Eve and their sons. And it became even much more difficult for their children. Eden was a friendly environment and the Lord God had provided the couple with all their needs. In the Garden of Eden, only one tree was poisoned, which they were forbidden to eat and even to touch. However in the world, outside of Eden, very few trees and plants yielded edible food; even the land was more suitable for thorns and thistles than for grain. The animals and birds became hostile and they were afraid of man. The serpent became a mortal enemy; therefore, the serpent became the symbol of doubt and delusion. Husband and wife were no longer satisfied with their normal behavior; and therefore, they became consumed with their desires and with their passions. The brothers became envious of each other and so one had to be removed by murder. Killing Abel did not ease Cain’s conscience, nor his guilt. The Lord God would never let Cain, or anyone else, forget what one has done. Out of intimidation, the Nods were more tolerant and welcomed a man with the skills like Cain, and Cain became noted. There is no indication that Cain regretted or that he repented. Therefore, in order to advance his objectives, Cain used his criminal record to cause fear. By human standards, Cain created a sensual race of physical beauty, which converted the godly line and absorbed them into total departure from anything that reminded the people of a Creator God.

ADAM HAD TO START ALL OVER AGAIN

Tragedy began, very likely before Adam, but Adam was hit hard when he lost his two sons. Abel died at the hands of his brother Cain. And Cain was banished from his parents and (Cain believed) from God. It took some time for Adam and Eve to father another son and after that they had more sons and daughters. Adam named his third son Seth; and he trained him to be like himself and not in the image of God. Adam did have the fear of God in his heart because there was a God-consciousness led by Seth’s son Enosh. The Seth line became the godly race. And the Seth line also fathered Enoch and Noah. The Sethites intermarried with Cain-Nod women and they became godless. At Noah’s time, humanity completely had lost its standing with the Lord God. God withheld, not withdrew, His Spirit and all life on earth ended, except for Noah’s family:

Adam lay with his wife again, and she gave birth to a son and named him Seth, saying, “God has granted me another child in place of Abel, since Cain killed him.” Seth also had a son, and he named him Enosh.

At that time men began to call on the name of the LORD.

This is the written account of Adam’s line.

When God created man, he made him in the likeness of God. He created them male and female; at the time they were created, he blessed them and call them “man.”

When Adam had lived 130 years, he had a son in his own likeness, in his own image; and he named him Seth. After Seth was born, Adam lived 800 years and had other sons and daughters (Genesis 4:25-5:4).

When men began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose. Then the LORD said, “My Spirit will not contend with man forever, for his mortal; his days will be a hundred and twenty years.”

The Nephilim were on the earth in those days—and also afterward—when the sons of God went to the daughters of men and had children by them. They were heroes of old, men of renown.

The LORD saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. The LORD was grieved that he had man man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain. So the LORD said, “I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth—men and animals, and the creatures that move the ground, and birds of the air—for I am grieved that I have made them.” But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD (Genesis 6:1-8).

A CHRISTMAS WITHOUT THE PRESENCE (SPIRIT) OF LORD GOD

Lamech, the father of Noah, gave one reason why man lost faith in God and put their trust in man. “He named him Noah and said, “He will comfort us in the labor and painful toil of our hands caused by the ground the Lord has cursed” (Genesis 5:29).

The belief in the curse was handed down from Adam and Eve, and from generation to generation. Adam, according to the Biblical historian, was the first to assign punishment for his guilt to God. That view was held by Noah’s generation and it is very much at home in our time. Far too many, among us, keep asking, “Where is God and why does he allow this to happen?” God is were He always has been in the spirit in man! Man only refuses to used the spirit and the tools that God has endowed man with. Carelessness, indifference, and negligence, not only by me alone, caused my physical disability. Our garden looks cursed because we are older now and cannot weed as much as we should. Adam was commanded to subdue the earth (Genesis 1:28). Yet, Abel did not assist Cain in subduing the land and very likely allowed his sheep get into Cain’s crops. Could it be that Cain was angry with his brother because the sheep and the goats used up Cain’s land, which was needed to supply bread? Religious exercises can appease the soul, but religious exercises cannot sustain life. It is not only by prayer, but also by the sweat of the brow that bread is produced (Genesis 3:19). I come from the land and our cows required prepared and cared for pastures, and feed to give healthy milk for us children. Our Grandmother would taste the milk before she would give it to us and many times she would feed it to the pigs because the cows had strayed into shrubs, which turned the milk green and sauer.

Should our Christmas be cheerless, then perhaps, we have suppressed our spirit and burden our spirits with false presumptions. The writer to the Ephesians had this advice:

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you (Ephesians 4:30-32).