Over the last few days, we have been looking at the origin of sexual love. We started by looking at passages in Genesis, chapter 1, verses 27 and 28. From those, we read a summary statement on God creating the first man and first woman.
The next thing we talked about was union. We looked at passages from Genesis 2:23-25, and we read that the man and the woman are to become one flesh.
Yesterday we looked at the passage from Genesis 2:18, where we read about God creating a helper for the man. We can find the details of the creation of the first woman there.
Today, we are going to look at the recorded words of the first children born on earth.
Our verse of the day comes from Genesis 4:1-2.
“Now Adam knew Eve, his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, “I have gotten a man with the help of the Lord.” And again, she bore his brother Abel.”
Let’s dig in.
Now we can see from Scripture that Adam and Eve were intimate, and as a result of their intimacy, she bore two children. Scripture also tells us their names and that they are boys.
Eve acknowledges the ultimate source of life as being God. Acts 17:25 says, “And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else.”
Remember that the Lord created everything from the beginning. God created man and woman, and if your recall from our prior lesson, he blessed them and told them to flourish and multiply; fill the earth. And we see from Scripture the beginning of the blessing from God. Adam and Eve lay as one flesh, and as a result, Eve became pregnant.
I often wonder what Eve thought when she started to gain weight. Her pregnancy and labor were unlike mine in many ways. She had no modern accommodations or doctors around. She does acknowledge the Lord’s help, and I’m not sure at what point the Lord helped her, whether at the beginning or end of her pregnancy. Nonetheless, she is grateful.
It’s a boy!
The name “Cain” means possession. Eve was excited, and she proclaimed her joy and thankfulness. Can you imagine all that went through her mind as she held this new baby boy? How do they care for one so fragile? Why does the baby cry? What do we feed him? Will he talk? If you were the first woman, wouldn’t you wonder these things too?
Some commentators think Eve rejoiced because she recalled the conversation in the Garden of Eden with the Lord after the serpent deceived her. Recall that God said in Genesis 3:15 that he would put enmity between the serpent’s offspring and her offspring and that the woman’s offspring would crush the serpent’s head.
We know from Scripture that it isn’t Cain who would fulfill that promise, but Christ.
The name “Abel” means vanity; breath, temporary or meaningless. Unknown to Eve, Abel’s life would be short. If we read further into chapter four, we read about the first murder.
Tomorrow we will look at the next set of passages on sexual needs.
I encourage you to go back and read Genesis 1 through 4 to get a complete picture of our lessons thus far.
It’s interesting to understand where our origin began. Oftentimes, we limit our consideration of where we came from to the 1500s. My friend, our lifeline and origin go much farther back.