So you’re a new parent, a proud family with a new example of you and your spouse. You raise them from baby’s to toddler,to a young person to an adult. You have done your job in creating your ‘mini me’.
And then your ‘mini me’ fail’s at being your ‘mini me’. Now what?
What is the thought process of God when it happens to him.? Hummmmmm.
Our best understanding of what God would do, or does do is to look at what he does after the event.It seems that God doesn’t waste any time in correcting or reinstating his creation,child,or his people. God leaves Adam and Eve to themselves to venture into their domain of ‘worldly’ ways, He leaves them to themselves,but he is still there, you see,after all, he did create the whole thing! Adam and eve would soon have children of their own, Cain and Able. It is God now that is sitting and watching to see how these parents do in their parenting skills. It seems that this is the model to watch!
Cain,being the first for Adam is one to study and see how his intentions and desires are for the world. How would he react to life, and all its goodness and to all its reality. The goodness that cain is living in, is not the same kind of goodness that his parents lived in, it was different. I am sure that his parents told him that they were living in paradise and could eat and walk anywhere to enjoy their goodness in their God’s garden. Cain’s goodness was that he was still enjoying God’s creation, but with some stiff penalties, he had to work for them!! Big difference. Cain the ‘worker of the ground’, the punishment that God gave to his father! It would now have weeds to deal with in his garden. It would not be easy, as his parents had it.
We will not go into the condemnation of God’s people and their punishment, but we will just show the appropriate solution that God had for children.
Adam and Eve gave birth to their second son named ‘Able’ (ironic isn’t it). He was different in his attitude,his life style, has peacefulness, and his desire to do what was meant for his life. Now, this is key to see what God is doing with Able
Able is put in the ‘same scene’ as his father and mother was in the garden! He is the “keeper of the sheep(animals). That is all he does.
Now, this scene has not changed since this scene was created. Brothers will be brothers, there are issues and there is that ‘who do the parents like the best of the children?!(lol) In Cain case it was really starting to eat at him,alot. It came to a boil when it was time for the first fruits.(Notice that there was still a need to acknowledge God, and to give him a sacrifice of the best.)
It was at this time that Cain saw the writing on the wall, that it was not going his way. Able gave of what his life was all about, which was what God had originally gave his parents to do. To be caretakers of his creation.(that’s all). It was when Cain gave ‘his'(worldly) best of what he did as the tiller of the ground(work) as God had punished adam to do. This after all, was ‘his best effort'(so),this does not measure up with what God is,or has done. Cain,seething at the thought that his best was not good enough, had to destroy ‘the best’ so he would be the best of the sacrificial givers.
Then came Murder.
But the God of creation is not done. God’s story of showing Adam and Eve and the example’s of the right thing and the wrong thing is the retelling of the garden with his parents, probably in more of a in your face king of thing to see.
God’s kingdom will always prevail, no matter what. Along comes Seth, who will follow his brother in knowing that his responsibility is the keeping of the animals. This is the dynamic of the story that is portrayed in the first few chapters of genesis of his creation. God’s creations will be as He intended as the “Caretakers of His Creation”.
There is that seed that has been planted over and over again in His creation that knows that they are the Creations Caretakers.