Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the Lord. Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the Lord respected Abel and his offering, but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell.
So the Lord said to Cain, 'Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.'
Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him.
Then the Lord said to Cain, 'Where is Abel your brother?'
He said, 'I do not know. Am I my brother's keeper?'
Can't we sympathize with Adam and Eve? Gullible, ambitious and defensive, they were suckered into the world's worst bite. Certainly, they should have listened to God's awesome, up-close and personal advice. When they got evicted from paradise, they had to grow up and learn the hard way.
Surely, their next big hit came as parents. Maybe they catered to their first-born son, as new moms and dads can easily do. Maybe Cain didn't want to work so much, or maybe he displayed a selfish streak. Maybe Abel was a dutiful son, pleasing both the Lord God and his parents.
I'm no judge, but consider some highlights:
1. Adam and Eve continued to love God.
2. God continued to oversee their lives.
3. God blessed them with a wonderful third son.
I can't assign them any minuses, because they came in inexperienced. Their temptations look like our temptations. Following their departure from Eden, I think they did the best they knew to do. God rewarded their good efforts with Seth, growing the lineage of Jesus Christ.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Let's embrace our early ancestors. Let's believe we'll meet them in Heaven. Let's know performers are parents, too, because fans act so much like children. Let's realize parenting matters, worship the Father Who matters most and teaches us what we need to know.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Parent Traps series.