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The murder of Abel was so much more than the act. When Cain killed his brother, he set a tone in the world that no life mattered as much as his. It was the ultimate in selfishness. God seeing this exacted the ultimate punishment–A lifetime to remember the greatness of his sin. God coupled that with taking away his ability to benefit from the murder–he could no longer farm. He was cursed among men and cursed by God.
God values every life! When we make choices to end lives, those choices are monumental and require much thought and concern. The debates over abortion and over euthanasia in our culture epitomize the angst and attitude in this culture. Life should never be ended because of convenience–PERIOD! It really does not matter the level of inconvenience. We as a people need not be afraid to say life matters. God made it clear!!! As we move forward, we need to value life and preserve it.
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One day Cain suggested to his brother, “Let’s go out into the fields.”[c] And while they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother, Abel, and killed him.
9 Afterward the Lord asked Cain, “Where is your brother? Where is Abel?”
“I don’t know,” Cain responded. “Am I my brother’s guardian?”
10 But the Lord said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground! 11 Now you are cursed and banished from the ground, which has swallowed your brother’s blood. 12 No longer will the ground yield good crops for you, no matter how hard you work! From now on you will be a homeless wanderer on the earth.”
13 Cain replied to the Lord, “My punishment[d] is too great for me to bear! 14 You have banished me from the land and from your presence; you have made me a homeless wanderer. Anyone who finds me will kill me!”
15 The Lord replied, “No, for I will give a sevenfold punishment to anyone who kills you.” Then the Lord put a mark on Cain to warn anyone who might try to kill him. 16 So Cain left the Lord’s presence and settled in the land of Nod,[e] east of Eden.