This is meant to be lite hearted, and make you think at the same time.
While we may not definitive answers for everything, I believe that God fully intended for the answers to be found.
Now Adam knew Eve, his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, “I have gotten a man with the help of the LORD.” And again, she bore his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, and Cain, a worker of the ground.(Genesis 4:1-2 ESV)
Here is the background for this discussion.
Sitting in a Wednesday night bible study at a small church. A friend of mine asks the “off-topic” question, “where did Cain find a wife?”
That happens to be a great question.
He even added that “Adam and Eve only had two children didn’t they?”
The leader of the study responded, “I do not know; I will have to study that out.” If in doubt, study it out. That is a good response, but a student of the bible should have had an answer.
Moments passed, and no one could respond; therefore she started to move on.
I could not stand it and asked if I could field the question.
- When God spoke to Eve, after the fall, he told her, “I will increase your pain and your labor when you give birth to children.” Now, why would that be relevant to her unless she had already experienced childbirth? Can I prove that? Well, yes and no. Yes because Cain did take a wife and there is no logical means to that end outside of this assumed chronological and genealogical path. No, because there is nothing in scripture that specifically backs me up.
- Cain feared that people would kill him. How would he have any concept of other people, unless there were other people?
- Therefore he (Cain) fled to the city of Nod. Now mind you, I do not think that the city would have been much more than a hut or two and a fire pit, but none the less, it was a city, with people in it.
Hasn’t that ever intrigued you? Where did any other people come from? So, let’s say that we do not know how long Adam and Eve romped in the garden. Physical enjoyment of each other was a limitless aspect of who they were. Therefore, the quantity of offspring could have been tremendous. And the offspring could have easily had their own children. Why does this concept have to seem so odd? There was no sin until the tree of knowledge incident, therefore these potential people were living in the manner that God intended heaven on earth to be like.
Now there is another oddity about this that needs consideration. What would the unpolluted offspring, of two people created in God’s image, be like?
Keep in mind that man was created a spirit being first, and then a body was put on him. Did the body suddenly limit anything that he was capable of? I doubt it. You might say that Adam was the first Superman. Jesus walked through a locked door, walked on water, and may well have rolled back the stone from his own grave – if not, then he walked through stone; and, shortly thereafter ate fish with the disciples.
Haven’t you ever struggled with the idea of sons of God looking upon the daughters of men? What do you think these people were? The Bible tells us that they were fallen, angels. In the book of Job, Satan approaches God, intermingled with “the sons of God – angels.
Jude 1:6 CJB And the angels that did not keep within their original authority, but abandoned their proper sphere, he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for the Judgment of the Great Day.
Genesis 6:1-4 NET. When humankind began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them, 2) the sons of God saw that the daughters of humankind were beautiful. Thus they took wives for themselves from any they chose. 3) So the LORD said, “My spirit will not remain in humankind indefinitely since they are mortal. They will remain for 120 more years.” 4) The Nephilim were on the earth in those days (and also after this) when the sons of God were having sexual relations with the daughters of humankind, who gave birth to their children. They were the mighty heroes of old, the famous men.
2 Peter 2:4 NET. For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but threw them into hell and locked them up in chains in utter darkness, to be kept until the judgment.
Add this to the mix the fact that God gave man dominion over the earth. That dominion is a controlling attitude, and things are all good until sin gets thrown into the mix, but now it becomes selfish desire and is as deadly as dynamite in the hands of a curious child.
Suddenly the brakes are thrown on, and everything changed. Sin washed over them like a flood. Strangely we only see the effects demonstrated in Cain and Abel, where Cain smashes his brothers head in with a rock. Why? Cain could not even answer the question. Selfish desire.
Cain wanted his sacrifice accepted even though he knew it was wrong. Wait a minute. How would Cain have known that? We do not specifically see anyone telling the boys how, what, and why they should now offer sacrifice. Who, specifically, was the one that did know? Adam.
After the fall, our two focal points (Adam and Eve,) who happened to be vegetarians at this point, have clothing, made by God, and put on them. Do you believe that this was all there was to that story? God laid out the entire plan of salvation, at least the parts that were necessary for Adam to cover his transgressions, and God showed him how through the sacrifice of an animal.
Adam had to have passed this along to his boys, just as he passed along the information about the Tree of Knowledge and how they were not to touch it.
Let me muddy up your water a little more. Enoch walked with God and was no more. Think about that concept. Enoch walked in a state of worship, and fellowship with the Father to the point that he eventually just walked off the earth. Do you realize that God is telling us something beyond what our minds can seem to conceive? How did Enoch have an understanding of how to do that? Enoch was only a few generations out from Adam, and apparently, someone who had to know; so Enoch asks the question of Adam, “what was it like walking with him in the garden?” Do you realize that Adam was capable of conveying that information to him? Adam, a broken man, thrown out of the garden, and our example of what not to do for thousands of generations. Oh, what I would give to have that kind of intimacy with the Father; my heart cries out for that kind of intimacy. I want to know you as Adam did; I want to feel your breath; to hold your hand, and feel your embrace. To be loved as no one has ever loved me.
Father, through tears I ask you to make yourself more real to me and give me the ability to show your love to others.
There is nothing in scripture by accident; and, it is safe to say that all of it, God’s Word, is completely intentional, and by design. God is well aware of what he is doing and to whom. If you find yourself desiring to dig into in his word it is because he put that desire in you. Explore and grow in the wealth and knowledge that is the King of Glory. Search the scriptures, for in them are the answers that you seek.