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Genesis 4-5 The Lineage born of Pain

Once sin took hold, it took hold deep.  Adam became a farmer and rancher.  Not only did he care for the animals, but he also worked…and I mean worked the land.  He had two sons, Cain, and Abel.  Cain was a farmer and Abel a rancher.  As the brothers grew, it was clear that Abel had a heart for God and Cain was jealous.  Even as they offered offerings to God, the Lord looked past the offering and saw the men’s hearts.  Cain’s jealousy was apparent, and God called Cain on the attitude of his heart. Sadly, Cain did not listen and killed Abel.

Cain and Abel

The pain of Abel’s death could have been a showstopper.  Adam could have blamed himself and he and Eve could have been done.  That, however, was not the case.  Instead, we learn that Adam had Seth. In Seth, we see the beginnings of a heart for God that literally passed generation to generation all the way to the birth of our Lord and Savior.  As we continue to look at the lives of Seth’s ancestors, we will see a common theme of God’s influence on those lives and an impact on the entire world as a result.

When the Holy Spirit Comes

That theme is the Spirit of God’s influence.  Jesus told the disciples that when the Holy spirit came into their lives, they would receive power to be God’s witnesses.  In fact, the Spirit would leave that indelible mark that shows the world we are the Lord’s ambassadors.  God never gave up on us; and though Adam lost Cain and Abel, God provided a second-round victor, Seth, to build a lineage of people that would carry God’s message of love and hope to anyone that would believe.

God Bless You

Adam[a] made love to his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain.[b] She said, “With the help of the Lord I have brought forth[c] a man.” Later she gave birth to his brother Abel.

Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord. And Abel also brought an offering—fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So, Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast.

Then 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 rule over it.”

Now Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go out to the field.”[d] While they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.

Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?”

“I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?”

10 The Lord said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground. 11 Now you are under a curse and driven from the ground, which opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. 12 When you work the ground, it will no longer yield its crops for you. You will be a restless wanderer on the earth.”……

This is the written account of Adam’s family line.

When God created mankind, he made them in the likeness of God. He created them male and female and blessed them. And he named them “Mankind”[a] when they were created.

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. Altogether, Adam lived a total of 930 years, and then he died.

When Seth had lived 105 years, he became the father[b] of Enosh. After he became the father of Enosh, Seth lived 807 years and had other sons and daughters. Altogether, Seth lived a total of 912 years, and then he died.


This is an amazing Journey. I hope you will hear from the Lord, as you seek Him with your heart. Matthew 6:33

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