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The Bible reveals that after Adam and Eve had sinned they were driven from the garden of Eden. God had pronounced a curse on man that he would have to work to earn a living. In the story of Cain and Abel we see Adam and Eve's children working for a living. Abel was a keeper of flocks, a shepherd. Cain was the oldest son and he worked very hard with his hands, he was a farmer growing crops. When they brought their offerings to the LORD, Cain brought the fruit of the ground, the work of his hands, which amounted to the best of his good works. Abel brought a blood sacrifice, because God required the death of a substitute in order to have forgiveness from God. God accepted Abel's offering, and he rejected Cain's because only through the blood of a substitute could anyone approach God. Cain became angry and after God had warned him he rose and killed his brother Abel. Cain was cursed by God and banished. He wandered to a place called Nob and he built a city. His descendants populated the world. Adam and Eve had another son named Seth and it through his lineage that the Messiah would come, and people began to call upon the name of the LORD.
|Cain and Abel|
The Birth of Cain and Abel and their Occupations
1 - The man knew Eve his wife. She conceived, and gave birth to Cain, and
said, "I have gotten a man with Yahweh's help."
3 - As time passed, Cain brought an offering to Yahweh from the fruit of the
5 - but he didn't respect Cain and his offering. Cain was very angry, and the
expression on his face fell.
Cain Murders his
brother Abel and is Cursed by God and Banished
14 - Behold, you have driven me out today from the surface of the ground. I will
be hidden from your face, and I will be a fugitive and a wanderer in the earth.
Whoever finds me will kill me."
Cain Builds a City and Names it after his Son
16 - Cain left Yahweh's presence, and lived in the land of Nod, east of Eden.
Cain's Descendants and
the first Civilization
20 - Adah gave birth to Jabal, who was the father of those who dwell in tents
and have livestock.
The Birth of Seth and the Godly line
25 - Adam knew his wife again. She gave birth to a son, and named him Seth,
saying, "for God has given me another child instead of Abel, for Cain killed
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The Story of the Bible - The Old Testament, Quick Summary, About, Divisions, Timeline, Charts, Maps, Creation, Adam and Eve, The Flood, The Tower of Babel, Abraham the First Hebrew, Isaac, Son of Promise, Jacob and the 12 Tribes, Joseph and Egypt, Moses and the Exodus, The Giving of the Law, The Tabernacle, The Wilderness Wanderings, Joshua and the Promised Land, The Judges, Samuel the Prophet, Saul, Israel's First King, King David, King Solomon, The Divided Kingdom, The Northern Kingdom of Israel, The Southern Kingdom of Judah, The Assyrian Captivity, The Babylonian Captivity, The Return From Babylon, The Prophets, The Messiah, Conclusion, Bibliography and Credits
Summary of the Old Testament Books - Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, Samuel, Kings, Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi
Bibliography Resources on the Old Testament
A Survey of Old Testament Introduction, Revised and Expanded by Archer, 508 Pages, Pub. 2007