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So Adam and Kuah began to adjust to their new life of hardship and labor outside of the Garden of Eden. They had two sons and they brought them up in the instructions and lessons they themselves had learned from their Creator Yahuah. Both boys were raised the same way with the same love and understanding, and with the same priviledges and opportunites however we see two very different behaviours forming in Qayin and his brother Hebel (known as Cain and Abel today). Aside from having different gifts and passions (Qayin loved working the earth and was a farmer while Hebel was a shepherd) the bad behaviour really started to manifest when the two boys were instructed (no doubt from their parents) about how to approach the Creator Yahuah through offerings and sacrifices.
WHAT WERE THE OFFERINGS FOR?
Rememebr back in the Garden of Eden
right after Adam and Kuah ate the for-
bidden fruit, they realised they were
naked (the essence and covering of the
Creator had left them) so they grabbed
the first thing they could find (fig leaves)
to cover up their private bits. Of course
after the smoke settled it was pretty
obvious that leaves are pretty useless for
clothing and so the first animal had to be
slaughtered (most likely a lamb) and it’s
blood shed to cover up the nakedness
(the sin and lawlessness) of mankind.
Prior to this there was no death - all species lived in peace together and ate plants, not each other - today it is very different isn’t it.
This symbolic practice of animal sacrifice became a way for Adam and Kuah (and all mankind until Yahusha arrived) to not only clothe themselves but repent for their lawlessness and approach Yahuah (remember Yahuah cannot be in the presence of sin, so some covering had to be done before any apprach could be made - and the only thing that can cover sin is the blood of a spotless (perfectly bred) animal.
TO HAVE PERSONAL COMMUNICATION
WITH YAHUAH, BLOOD HAD TO BE SHED
( see Hebrews chapter 9 - no atonement for sin without the shedding of blood )
A BAD ATTITUDE TO LEARNING
Understanding that every offering had to involve the shedding of blood we can now see why Yahuah accepted Hebel’s offering but not Qayin’s. IT ALL CAME DOWN TO OBEDIENCE TO THE INSTRUCTIONS GIVEN. Hebel chose to be obedient and was granted favor which made him very happy in his love relationship with Yahuah. Qayin’s offering was not accepted (there was no blood and it came from the ground which was cursed at the fall.) Qayin’s face fell (he was frowning and disappointed) and then he became very wroth. Wroth is a word we don’t use much today but, IF YOU ARE WROTH YOU ARE VIOLENTLY ANGRY, IRATE (FURIOUS) AND WRATHFUL (ENRAGED, FUMING AND RANTING). So not only was Qayin lazy and disobedient to the instruction (he just grabbed some stuff from his crop and thought it’d be good enough) but after being told he was wrong, (instead of learning the lesson and doing it again properly) he immediately got furious and threw a big sissy-girl tantrum!!! Remember they were still young men and this could have been their first offering. There was room for improvement and Qayin could have repented, changed his mind and done a better job next time, but instead he had an absolutely disgusting attitude to learning. Yahuah even asked Qayin why he was furious (because it was aparantly everyone else’s fault but not Qayin’s) and if he did well (be obedient to the instruction) he would be accepted and given favour. Obedience toYahuah’s instructions gives us favor and happiness.
But if we (like Qayin) are not willing to be obedient and do well . . . . .
SIN IS CROUCHING AT THE DOOR
Just like a lion or a tiger hiding down on all fours, knees bent ready to pounce and attack it’s prey, sin is crouching at the door and it’s desire is for us. Why does Yahuah speak of sin like it’s a creature or a person? BECAUSE IT IS.
Where did sin first come from? THE GARDEN OF EDEN.
Who did sin first come from?
HaSHATAN speaking through a creature (serpent).
Why did sin first come?
HaSHATAN HATES MANKIND BECAUSE IT IS CREATED IN YAHUAH’S IMAGE AND HE KNOWS THAT IF MANKIND DOES THE WRONG THING AND GOES AGAINST YAHUAH THEY CANNOT BE IN CLOSE RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM AND THEY WILL BE DESTROYED JUST LIKE HE WILL BE.
So just like a savage creature
hunting it’s prey, haShatan and his
Unclean Spirits are crouching down
at the doorway to our hearts
(where we think and decide) all
day everyday, lurking in the
shadows of every decision we
make, desperately desiring to
CONTROL US and make us
their slaves. This means we choose
the sneaky hissing thoughts they
whisper in our ears, then we
act them out through our bodies and get TRAPPED in a cycyle of bad behaviour instead of listening to Yahuah’s instructions, being in communication with Him and feeling happy.
SIN DESIRES US BUT WE SHOULD MASTER IT !
We have the power to SAY “NO”!! if our thoughts are telling us to behave or do things against Yahuah’s Instructions. Scriptures says that IF WE RESIST THE DEVIL HE WILL FLEE. When you feel attacked with unclean thoughts just SAY “NO”!! and if you use the Name of Yahusha (uncleans spirits are petrified and afraid of Yahusha) they will flee.
SIN LEADS TO STRANGE BEHAVIOUR
So Qayin’s unrepentance, jealously and fury led him to rise up against his own brother and violent kill him (maybe with his hands or with a rock) and he became the first murderer. But Qayin’s tragedy did not begin with murder, his sin was simple disobedience to Yahuah’s instruction and we can then see the downward decay of spiralling events that followed.
Just like Adam and Kuah seeking to do things their own way and clothe themselves, Qayin disregarded the given instruction and declared inside himself to behave how he saw fit and appraoch the Creator however he wanted. THIS IS RELIGION TODAY - DECLARING THAT THEY WILL WORSHIP YAHUAH HOWEVER THEY WANT BY WHATEVER NAME THEY WANT DECLARING SUCH IMPORTANCE IN THE WORK OF THEIR OWN HANDS. Unfortunately this disobedience led to anger, hatred, jealousy, violence and murder. This is the desire of haShatan for us, to destroy us.
Just like with his parents, Yahuah immediately tested Qayin and asked him where his brother was, to which he replied “I don’t know, am I my brother’s guardian?” (the answer is YES by the way). Can you see how his behaviour is spiralling out of control now? TO COVER HIS SIN, QAYIN LIES AND WE STILL SEE NO REPENTANCE! How often have we told lies to cover up something we’ve done wrong? Does Yahuah like this behaviour? Let’s look at Qayin’s punishment and see whether his stubbornness was worth it.
Yahuah tells Qayin that the blood of his
brother is crying out to him from the
ground, as though the earth has
absorbed his blood somehow.
Remember the life-force (essence of
Yahuah) is in the blood and it’s very
precious. How much blood is crying
out to Yahuah today in this world of
violence and lawless murder?
QAYIN’S CURSE FOR DISOBEDIENCE
The ground was cursed for Qayin and nothing would ever grow or flouirsh for him again. As a farmer, this would have been Qayin’s passion and love, watching things bloom and grow from nothing - the sowing and the reaping. How upsetting would this punishment be for him? Next Qayin is told he must leave his home and family. Most farming people stay on the same piece of land for generations. The land and the family is their whole life! Then more devastation came for Qayin - He is cut off from the presence of His Creator (hidden from His face). How many stories would he have heard from his parents about leaving the Garden of Eden and their daily desperation to be in the presence and favour of Yahuah? He knew and loved his relationship with the Creator but his lawlessness, stubbornness and unrepentance had brought a curse. Was Yahuah’s punishment too harsh or did the Creator simply see and know Qayin’s true heart.
Were Qayin’s lawless desires to behave and live how he wanted, worth the curse he received? ARE THE PLEASURES WE RECEIVE FROM ANY SIN EVER WORTH THE PUNISHMENT?
Qayin is devastated by his punishment, though we never hear him say sorry or repent for his behaviour. He is more concerned with feeling sorry for himself, the severity of his punishment and the hardship that is now upon him. Yahuah puts a sign on Qayin and we are not told if it is a physical mark on his body or simply a promise of protection for him since he is now a homeless fugitive and wanderer which will draw attention.
Either way we can see the horrible severe consequences for disobedient behaviour and thinking we can live how we want on this earth. We can also see how one sin spirals into another and another until we have dug ourselves into a deep deep hole and desperately need deliverance !
QAYIN MARRIED WHO ?
How did Qayin find a wife if Adam and Kuah were the only family on the earth? Life was very different back in the early years of the earth. Adam lived for 930 years and the whole time he and Kuah were producing sons and daughters. That’s hundreds of childrens who also had hundreds of children who also had hundreds of children. The lifespan was much longer back then and the human body was created pure, with no diseases. For this reason brothers and sisters and cousins often got married. This sounds so dreadful to us today because mankind is so lawless and diseased that marrying so close within your own family will often make deformed or disabled babies. But back then it was not the case and so as time went on Qayin would have had many sisters which he could marry. And so he did.
VIOLENCE & MURDER QUICKLY INCREASED
If you skim-read quickly through the geneology (family tree) story at the end of the chapter you would have missed how quickly mankind was becoming more aggressive, savage and murderous. After just a few generations from Qayin we hear about Lemeck who proudly announced to his wives “I have killed a man for wounding me, even a young man for hurting me.“ For Qayin is avenged sevenfold, and Lemek seventy-sevenfold.” In other words if Qayin was avenged seven times for murdering a man then he (Lemech) should be avenged seventy times that because of all the people he had murdered
AND WAS VERY PROUD OF IT !!!
THE RIGHTEOUS BLOODLINE CONTINUED
After the devastation of losing both of their sons, Adam and Kuah had another son named Sheth, whose family and decendents loved Yahuah, called on His Name and continued the righteous bloodline for over a thousand years until the time of Noak. Yahuah always has a few people.
Murder has become a normal part of life today. We hear about it on the news everyday, we see it in movies and we are entertained. Everyone seems so highly strung and so very volatile, like they are ready to snap and do something violent if given even a little push. Are you an angry person? Do you throw temper tantrums and get wroth? This aggressive, volatile behaviour leads to violence, horrible words, abuse and even murder. We need to be trained in self control.
From the story of Qayin and
Hebel we can see two very
different behaviours. One
brother chose to happily
obey Yahuah's Instructions
and the other chose to
disobey. Life is all about
choices and Yahusha lets us choose whether we will love Him enough to please Him. Those who are obedient and behave themselves receive favour, blessings and happiness. Those who are disobedient receive misery and a curse.
There is always evil lurking around every corner to stop us from pleasing Yahusha by whispering horrible thoughts in our ears which we may be tricked into thinking are our own thoughts and to do them.
WE NEED TO ARREST EVERY THOUGHT AND CHECK IT TO SEE IF A DEMON IS SPEAKING TO US !
There is no point being wroth and jealous of other people's favour, thinking you are being unfairly treated or that Yahusha loves them more. We all have the same opportunity to please Yahusha - some want to HONOR HIM AND BE OBEDIENT and some don't.
Don't be tricked into thinking you can get away with disobedience - Yahusha always delivers the punishment and blessings we deserve. It never makes sense to sin against Him.
Always repent, change and don't let the crouching sin have you - SAY "NO!!" AND BE MASTER OVER IT.
By Mark Davidson . . .
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