Eve and the First Murder
Planting and tilling and harvesting, sweating in the fields from dawn to dusk, until you return to that ground yourself, dead and buried;
you started out as dirt, you’ll end up dirt. Genesis 3:19
Ouch! Harsh words to our first newlyweds. Actually, I don’t think we know how long Adam and Eve were married before Eve left her husband’s side and trotted off to explore on her own. Perhaps she had “temporary amnesia” for God‘s rules about the garden. They were vital; a matter of life or death and she chose death, but perhaps not with an open mind. Actually she was hoodwinked by a mesmerizing snake who was really satan in a masterful disguise. The enemy’s plan worked and now he had found in planet Earth a place to call his home. And we all suffer pain from those bad choices.
I feel sorry for our first Mom. She was forewarned that she would know sorrow; having to leave her perfect garden home where she could talk with God face to face at any time. God told the couple what was to become of them for their sin. Because of Eve‘s sin, childbirth would be painful. Because of Adam’s sin, the ground would yield only after hard, difficult labor. And there would be death; something totally unfamiliar and not part of the divine plan.
First born son was Cain. Second born son was Abel. The two were different, just like lots of brothers, but unlike most boys, Cain was jealous of his younger brother. One day they both brought an offering to the Lord. Cain was a farmer so he brought some of his vegetables. Abel was a shepherd so he brought an offering from his flock. “The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor.” (Genesis 4:5) Cain became livid.
God addresses Cain’s anger, “Why is your face downcast? Why are you angry? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it.” (Genesis 4:6-7)
Cain did not heed God’s good advice. Instead he let his anger escillate to rage. He invited his brother out to the field and there he killed him. We are only 4 chapters into the Bible and already we have our first murder. I don’t know about you, but that hits me hard. Eve, our first mom, has to experience the painful loss of her baby and at the hands of her firstborn! Death by murder in the first family! And from parents God carved out of the dirt by His own two hands.
I can’t imagine Eve’s pain. I know the loss of a child, but mine was not murdered by his brother. They discovered for the first time what death looked like; bloody, blue and not breathing. Eve had no one but her husband to turn to for comfort and he had his own grief to deal with. There were no other moms or a support group or a licensed counselor to turn to. She probably cried out to God a lot. Perhaps He was her sole Comforter. No doubt God was in agony too. This was not the plan He had in mind. Eve’s choices in the garden led to this horror.
How sad God must have been. His advice to Cain is the best advice for us even today: If you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it.” (Genesis 4:7)