Cain and His Descendants
Two Lines and Two Realms
The Bible tells us that Cain and Abel were not the only descendants
of Adam and Eve. Genesis 5:4 says that later Adam begot more sons
and daughters. But Cain and Abel stand out from the other descendants
because they represent the two manners of life.
Cain Being Sent Away from God's Presence
After Cain murdered Abel, God came to him and asked, "Where is Abel
your brother?" Cain responded, "I do not know. Am I my brother's keeper?"
(Gen. 4:9). Cain, who had tried to do everything according to his
understanding of God's commandment, became so cruel and so evil. Then
God said, "What have you done? The voice of your brother's blood is
crying out to Me from the ground. And now you are cursed from the
ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother's blood
from your hand" (Gen. 4:10-11). Even the earth itself had sympathy
for Abel. God judged Cain by strengthening the curse on the ground
and driving Cain away from His presence.
in the Land of Nod
and Abel stand out from the other descendants
because they represent the two manners of life."
After God put a mark on Cain and sent him away, Cain began his life
of wandering. "And Cain went forth from the presence of Jehovah and
dwelt in the land of Nod, east of Eden" (Gen. 4:16). The name "Nod"
The Learning on the Line of Knowledge is Fast and Productive
The line of Cain continued with his descendants. Cain begot Enoch, whose
name means "learning." Learning the spiritual things on the line of
life is very difficult, while learning the non-spiritual things on the
line of knowledge is much easier. Cain's line is very productive, and
everything on Cain's line moves quickly. We see this also with the name
of Enoch's son, Irad. The name "Irad" means "rapid" or "fast."
Mehujael: "God is Combating"
The next person on this line is Irad's son Mehujael. Mehujael's name
means "God is combating." The name "Mehujael" indicates that God was
struggling with the human beings on this line. God wanted to remind
them not to go so fast.
Methushael: "Man of God"
Out of God's combating in the line of Cain, another son was born. Mehujael
had a son named Methushael. The meaning of Methushael is "man of God."
For some reason, out of God's combating, a man of God was born.
Lamech: "Powerful" and "Overthrowing"
f we continue down
the line of Cain's descendants we eventually come to Lamech. "Lamech"
means "powerful" and "overthrowing." Lamech represents the outcome of
Cain's line. He was a wild and evil man. Lamech murdered a man and then
boasted to his wives.
try to keep God's commandments, yet without life."
Good Becoming Evil on the Line of Knowledge
Cain's original desire to keep God's commandment was good. We need to
see that good and evil are not necessarily opposites. Anything good
from the line of knowledge can end up becoming evil. Many things which
begin right can end up very wrong. This is why in church history the
ones who have persecuted the Lord's people the most are the religious
ones. Religious people try to keep God's commandments, yet without life.
The Sons of Lamech Producing Human Culture and Society
In Genesis chapter four the line of Cain ends with Lamech and his three
sons. Human civilization in its entirety developed from Lamech's descendants.
Lamech's first son was Jabal, which means "moving." Jabal was "the father
of those who dwell in tents and raise cattle" (Gen. 4:20). Jabal's life
was for making a living. Lamech's second son was Jubal, which means
"playing." Jubal was "the father of all those who play the lyre and
pipe" (v. 21). He was a musician and his life was for entertainment.
Lamech's third son was Tubalcain. His name seems to mean "coppersmith."
Tubalcain was "the forger of every cutting instrument of bronze and
iron" (v. 22). He designed weapons for self-defense. These are the three
sons of Lamech.
The line of Cain resulted in Lamech, and from Lamech came human civilization.
With Lamech's sons we see the three things which dominate the human
race. Jabal signifies making a living, Jubal signifies making our lives
enjoyable, and Tubalcain signifies defending ourselves and attacking
others. This is what makes up the existence of the world.
Satan's Control of Human Society through the Line of Cain
We must see that human culture and society are completely ruined by
Satan. No human being can escape. Either we are for making a living,
or we are for enjoyment and entertainment, or we are for attacking and
defending. Whatever we do in our human life Satan "corners" us into
one of these three things.
A Return to the Line of Life
Even though Satan has control over the human race, and even though his
kingdom seems so prevailing, at the same time God is still doing something
hidden on the line of life. At the end of chapter four of Genesis, after
recording all the descendants of Cain, the Bible returns to the line
of life. "And Adam knew his wife again; and she gave birth to a son
and called his name Seth" (Gen. 4:25). The next chapter of Genesis is
a new beginning on the line of life.
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messages of the Two Manners of Life
to the Two Manners of Life
- The Bible shows us from the very beginning that there are only
two possible manners of life we can choose from on this earth. These
two manners of life are portrayed by two trees in the garden of
Eden, and then by two lines of descendants from Adam and Eve.
and Abel - Out of Adam's first two descendants there
were two lines, the line of Cain and the line of Abel. Cain was
on the line of knowledge and Abel was on the line of life.