Cain Murders His Brother Abel
Jealousy is eating at Cain’s heart. Left unattended, it consumes him.
Cain spoke to his brother Abel. When they were in the field, Cain’s envy of his brother got the better of him, and he attacked and killed Abel.
The Voice (VOICE)
Envy was the motivation behind the first murder on the planet. As Proverbs 13:10 says, “Pride leads to conflict.”
How must this have grieved God and Adam and Eve?
Anger is a powerful emotion that can lead to violence and even murder. Jesus taught that anger in the heart is the moral equivalent of murder with the hands (Matt. 5:21-26). Every year angry drivers cause accidents that kill people on the highways, and angry people who have been fired from their jobs have killed hundreds of innocent people. Had Cain heeded God’s warning and accepted His gracious invitation (Gen. 4:7), he would never have become a murderer.
How soon after his worship was rejected did Cain entice his brother away from home and kill him?
Was it on the same day, or did he brood over the matter a few days?
He probably murdered his brother in his heart many times before he actually committed the deed. He was envious of his brother because of his relationship with God (1 John 3:12), and yet Cain was unwilling to get right with God. When we hate others, it’s a sign we’re not walking in the light and that we don’t have God’s love in our hearts.
This illustrates how fallen man, at the core, is basically evil. Sure, there are remnants of godly things in man, and all people can have God inspire them to godliness. But the heart of man before salvation is deceitful and desperately wicked (Jeremiah 17:9).
God said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?”
He said, “How should I know? Am I his babysitter?”
The Message (MSG)
Here was the first murderer on the face of the earth hearing an audible voice from God while the blood was still on his hands.
How did he react?
He acted like nothing had happened. This shows God’s voice was so familiar to Cain that it didn’t startle him. This shows that God was still walking and talking with mankind after their expulsion from the Garden. The Lord drove man out of the Garden for their benefit, not because He couldn’t have any fellowship with them
But the Lord said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground!
New Living Translation (NLT)
The Lord knew what Cain had done. In Genesis 4:10 He said the voice of Abel’s blood cried out to him from the earth. But God wanted to see how Cain would respond.
Cain was a child of the devil (1 John 3:12), which means he was a murderer and a liar (John 8:44). He lied to his brother when he enticed him to the place where he killed him. He lied to himself in thinking that he could do such an evil deed and get away with it. Cain even tried to lie to God and cover up his wicked deeds!
There’s a definite parallel between God’s dealings with Cain in Genesis 4 and His dealings with Adam and Eve in chapter 3. In both instances, the Lord asked questions, not to get information (for He knows everything) but to give the culprits opportunity to tell the truth and confess their sins. In both instances, the sinners were evasive and tried to cover up what they had done, but both times God brought their sins out into the light and they had to admit their guilt.
Adam and Eve had run to hide when they heard God’s voice, but God heard Abel’s voice crying from the ground and Cain couldn’t hide. The shedding of innocent blood pollutes the land and that blood cries out for justice (Job 16:18; Isa. 26:21; Rev. 6:9-10). Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden, and Cain became a rejected wanderer in the earth.
The more you think about Cain’s sin, the more heinous it becomes. The murder wasn’t motivated by sudden passion; it was carefully premeditated. Cain didn’t kill a stranger in defense; he murdered his own brother out of envy and hatred. Furthermore, Cain did it after being at the altar to worship God and in spite of God’s warning and promise. Finally, once the horrible deed was done, Cain took it all very lightly and tried to lie his way out of it.
If he had repented, things might have been different. Instead, Cain denied the whole thing. True repentance always reveals itself through accepting responsibility for what has been done. Anything less is always revealed by refusing responsibility