Friday, August 16, 2013
Who Was Cain’s Wife?
Many Christians are stumped by this question. Atheists think you will say you don’t know. Before you say you don’t know, I will tell you — you do know. First of all, Genesis 2:7 tells us that God created man, breathed the breath of life into him, and named him Adam. Adam became a living soul. So we already know that at this point, there is no one else that is living. Okay, Genesis 2:18, God said it was not good for man to be alone. There was no likely match with any of the living creatures God had already made. Genesis 2:21 tells us that God put Adam in a deep sleep, took a rib, put him back together, and Adam named the creation woman, because she came from man. The women’s name was Eve, for she is the mother of mankind (Genesis 3:20). You know the story of how they landed us in the dilemma we’re in — first sin, then death, and no one exempt from either sin or death. That sin disturbed relations with God, everything, and everyone, but the extent of that disturbance was not clear until God spelled it out in detail to Moses. So death, this huge abyss separating us from God, dominated the landscape from Adam to Moses. Even those who didn’t sin precisely as Adam and Eve by disobeying God’s specific command still had to experience this termination of life, this separation from God. But Adam, who got us into this, also points ahead to the one who will get us out of it (Romans 5:12-14). “This makes it clear, doesn’t it, that whatever is written in these Scriptures is not what Gods says about us to whom the Scriptures were addressed in the first place! And it’s clear enough, isn’t it, that we’re all sinners, every one of us, in the same sinking boat with everybody else? Our involvement with God’s revelation doesn’t put us right with God. What it does is force us to face our complexity in everyone else’s sin” (Romans 3:20). “We follow this sequence in Scripture; the first Adam received life; the last Adam is a life giving Spirit. The physical life comes first, then the spiritual — a firm base shaped from the earth, a final completion coming out of Heaven. The first man was made out of earth, people since earthly; the Second Man was made out of Heaven, and people now can be heavenly. In the same way that we’ve worked out earthly origins, let’s embrace our Heavenly ends” (1 Corinthians 15:45). In Genesis Chapter 4:1, Adam slept with Eve his wife. She conceived and had Cain. In Genesis 4:17, Cain’s wife gave birth to Enoch. Nowhere does Scripture tell us what time this was. People assume that right away when Cain left the land that he met his wife. The Bible does not say that. Also notice that in Genesis 4:1, Cain was the first child of Adam and Eve. In Genesis 5:3-5, the Bible tells us that when Adam was 130 years old, he and Eve had Seth, who was a replacement for Abel, who Cain killed. The Bible says Seth had his father’s very spirit and image. The verse goes on to say that Adam lived a total of 930 years, having more sons and daughters. Why does all this matter? Because from Genesis 2:7, the Bible tells us that Adam was the first man created. Romans and 1 Corinthians confirm that we are all descendants of Adam and Eve. Their sin is ours as well. Part of this is symbolic, meaning that the Bible says that only the descendants of Adam and Eve can be born again of the spirit (1 Corinthians 15:45). So, God created no other tribe or people at the same time as Adam and Eve. Adam and Eve are the father and mother of the human race. So Cain’s wife was a direct descendant of Adam and Eve. There is nothing is Scripture that proves otherwise. It may be incest, but back in that time, the people were to procreate. They did not have the thought that it was incest. They did not think like that, and it’s doubtful God’s plan was for them to think that way. Incest was banned in the book of Leviticus. At the time that Leviticus was written, the earth was populated — at least to the point at which people no longer needed to procreate the same way. The whole explanation concludes that Cain’s wife was clearly a descendant of Adam and Eve. Those who believe the Scriptures will agree that the Bible is right, true, and infallible. J.Cyr D.C.A (C) 2013