A New Look at an Old Book: Genesis 4-8


As I read through this section of the scripture, I find that rather than answers I am bombarded with questions. Opportunities to know more about the heart of God because of the things I do not understand. I am thankful that after 32 years in relationship with Him, I am still learning and challenged by the Lord.

Genesis 4:3

Time Passed. So much left unsaid here. What happened during that time?

Why did God not like Cain and his offering? What had transpired to result in such a negative reaction?
Also – I’m troubled by verse 7. This seems counterintuitive to what we know about God. These are the scriptures that are difficult to reconcile with a loving Creator.

Obviously, it was important to Cain and Abel to be pleasing to God. It’s clear from this very brief encounter that the brothers had a personal daily knowledge of God and were well acquainted with him in a way that we cannot understand.

Why does it have to be an “either/or” situation here? Why weren’t both offerings pleasing to God? There is so much here that goes unspoken and causes me difficulty.

Genesis 4:14-15

Is this the precursor to eternal separation from God – or Hell? Cain complains because he will never again face God. Was there any prior knowledge that taking a life would result in this drastic separation? God puts a mark on Cain…what was the mark? How would people know that it was the mark of God?

Genesis 4:26ff

Cain, even though separated from God and banished from His presence, raises his child to be a lover and worshiper of God. Again – so much that goes unsaid.

Genesis 5:3

Adam has a son who is like him in every way. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? Adam was God’s first creation and proclaimed Good – but then he was cast out of the garden and made to toil and suffer. Hmmm. I don’t know what to make of that.

Genesis 5:1-32

Why does God spend so much time telling us about the geneology of this people? There is nothing remarkable about their lives other than their names, the age they are when they have children and the age they die. Man, I hope that God has more to say about my life than that!

Genesis 6

This part of the story has always been a little disturbing and seemingly out of place. What is a son of God? I always have heard that it means an angel or a supernatural being (according to the Contemporary English Version of the Bible), but aren’t we also referred to as sons of God? What is the purpose of this brief, seemingly unrelated tidbit of information? This definitely warrants more research!

I think more than anything else in reading this particular selection of scripture, I am moved by the lack of information rather than the content. There is so much here that is left unsaid! Kind of like the 21 years of Jesus’ life that we know nothing about. Makes me wonder what else there is to know. We go from the imagery of God being loving, protective, creative and physically present to Him being filled with regret at the making of humanity! But there’s little to explain the reason for His desire to erase His creation.

Genesis 4:3, Genesis 4:14-15, Genesis 4:26, Genesis 5:1-32, Genesis 6:1-22, Genesis 7:1-24 and Genesis 8:1-22

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2 thoughts on “A New Look at an Old Book: Genesis 4-8

  1. Driver40;
    Thank you so much for your kind words. Kinda cool that you’re starting a fast on January 10th – that’s my birthday! My pastor just introduced our congregation to the Daniel Fast today. Many at our church are going to participate. Wow! I’m thinking that you may be doing the same thing! As far as God revealing Himself to you, that’s easy – the answer is Yes! I’ll be checking out your blog to see what He’s showing you. I have a post that you might be interested in regarding listening to God…it’s “Welcome to the Clarity Cafe.” Maybe you’ll find something helpful there.

    Thanks again for your input. It is very encouraging for me to know that something I bothered to write down might be uplifting to someone else! Thank you for commenting!
    Karen

  2. This is very nice! I will be blogging about a 21 day fast I am starting on January 10, 2009 cause I have no one else to turn to but Jesus now. It is things like this that I will need to help me keep going. Maybe during this fast God will reveal himself to me? Guide me? I have know clue but I’m praying for something!

    If you have any advice that might could help me or just want to get to know me better please feel free to check out my blog!

    Thank You for posting this blog!
    Driver40

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