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It would be presumptuous for me to think I could imagine what was
going through Adam and Eve's minds as they stood over Abel's grave. After
knowing innocence, in a way we've never known it, they felt the full weight
of this terrible crime. In the same way a bright light is more intense
in total darkness, this dark sin had to be more intense against the background
of their knowledge of goodness. Certainly they suffered because their son
was dead. But I've got to believe they also suffered because their other
son was so spiritually dead that he could kill his own brother. While they
ached for their dead son, they had to long for their fugitive son with
As the numbness waned, the harsh reality of their emptied nest had to
set in. An empty nest is one thing, an emptied nest another. There was
no reason why their home had to be so silent, no reason that is except
for Cain's sin.
But was it Cain's sin they were suffering from? In one sense, yes. Cain,
in a jealous rage, rose up against his own flesh and spilled his blood.
But in another sense, Adam and Eve made some choices that enabled Cain's
Do you think they ever second guessed themselves? In their empty home,
do you think they ever longed for the wholeness in the garden that God
evicted them from? Don't you imagine that they felt culpable every day
of their lives and knew that while Cain made his own choice, he made a
choice that was only possible because of a choice they had made years ago
while standing in front of the Tree of Good and Evil?
Romans 5:12 says, "Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into
the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because
all sinned." (NASB)
The spread of sin is epidemic. My prayer is that I won't be a carrier
and infect anyone, especially my children.
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