THE REPENTANCE OF CAIN
The second half of the scripture looks at Cain’s reaction to God and God’s reaction to Cain when faced with the issue of the slaying of Abel. Cain was indignant to God and responded “am I my brother’s keeper” this was a denial of what he had done. When we look deeper into this reaction we see a similar action with Adam toward God in the denial of wrongdoing by eating the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden, Adam tries to place blame on Eve alone. Adam committed a sin against God. Cain on the other hand also lied to God to attempt to remove the blame from him to his brother saying he was not responsible for what his brother does. God knew that Cain slew Abel; Cain committed a sin against another man, against his own blood. One sin that of the slaying lead to the another sin, that of lying to cover the first one up. Just as Adam and Eve “deflected responsibility for their sin, so also does Cain. But Cain goes further. He, unlike Adam and Eve, refuses to acknowledge the sin when confronted with it. The portrayal of the escalation of evil “east of Eden” has begun. The violence which escalates until it is temporarily wiped out in the Flood begins here. It is ironic that the first baby born of the human process of birth kills the second one and is banished. The effects of sin are also shown in that Cain refuses to accept the fact that we as human beings are created to protect and guard each other” (Kissling). Cain has judgment passed on him and he is banished from the land and assigned to a life as an aimless wanderer. At this point, Cain still does not repent of the evil he has done rather he appeals to God to save his own life. He states that someone would come up and slay him for the blood of his brother. God seals him in protection but at the same time the damage is done, Cain is cut off from a relationship with God. The difference between Adam and eve and Cain was Adam and eve admitted their sin and Cain denied it until after judgment. Damage is done the relationship ruined. Cain’s “whimpering complaint reveals remorse for the consequences of his sin rather than for its guilt. But even then the Lord allayed the fugitive’s fears for his life by putting a protective mark on Cain and a curse on anyone who killed him. Cain went out from the presence of the Lord, the saddest of all departure” (MacDonald). The relationship with God destroyed with little hope of being restored because of the unrepentant sin of Cain. Cain chose his path, that in which he thought would be easy, and satisfy the evil that was stirring deep inside of him. As a result, one brother lost his earthly life and another lost a relationship with God.
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