Cain VI: Aftermath (Cain’s Greatest Sin)
The enlightenment teaching of the Essene was known as THE WAY. The Way became the final interpretation on the Law and the Prophets, as revealed by Yeshua Messiah, and became the transitional teaching into the early church. Many of these teachings are included in modern religious thought, many are not.
This article discusses Cain’s particular sin of omission, and how omission impacts pathway.
Cain does nothing to assist those around him, except perhaps adherents and other supporters, but seems intent on despoiling everything God has created. Cain now commits what might be his worst sin— he does not tell anyone, including his own family, about God. He leaves them pagan just as he found them.
Why is this Cain’s worst sin? We need only look to the counsel of Jesus. When Jesus tells us that those who do not believe in God can be forgiven for not believing, and those who do not believe in him (Jesus) may also be forgiven, but those who interfere with the works of the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, what does he mean (Mt. 12.32)? It means that those people who know about God and intentionally interfere or destroy God’s work cannot be forgiven for such acts. For it is clear that such a person knows about God, just as Cain does, but essentially becomes committed to a war against God.
I Sam. 15.23, “For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry” [For rebellion is like the sin of sorcery, stubbornness like the crime of idolatry*]. Why should this be so? Rebellion and divination are associated because both seek unrighteous avenues to benefit or satisfy self. Divination (sorceries) abrogates the seeking after God. It short circuits the enlightenment into God, only to be replaced with what may seem an answer, but does not resemble true revelation. Arrogance (stubbornness) much resembles a worshipping of the self. Although Samuel is speaking to Saul, these scriptures describe Cain quite well.
*The Complete Jewish Study Bible
The attribute of rebellion can become deadly to the soul. It can lead to harsh and even violent decisions. Cain’s life is punctuated with the nature of rebellion. Perhaps more than any other attribute, rebellion compounds upon itself, for there are any number of ways in which rebellion can be indulged. Hatred may be case specific, but rebellion may become widespread, enter into marriages, work life, and much like Cain, is easily inherited by the following generation.
There remains another serious quality concerning a sin of omission. Essentially, the omission leaves a vacuum in thought, and all are left helpless to assist, even God. If an attempt is made, even if misdirected, a correction might be accomplished. When nothing is done, the remainder leaves nothing with which to work. A second attempt cannot be made, due to the fact that a first attempt was not made. Adjustments, stepping back to rethink the situation with wisdom, and other considerations are left to wander into oblivion.
The previous reasons explain why sins of omission can become so serious. The extension of what might be a rescued situation or work is completely lost. The apology not rendered does not allow for a new coming together, or perhaps a proper ending place resolved in peace. None of these options are made available to what the Bible has already named the ‘daughter of men’. Cain has left them as vacant and morally and ethically empty as he himself is, and apparently seems intent on remaining satisfied with.
Cain may have been banished, but he may have then recanted of his murderous nature and have asked for forgiveness. He may have done so at any time and changed his ways. Now it is clear, and by willfully interfering in God’s work with others, he has despoiled God’s children, despoiled God’s plan, and has continued to murder, and he has committed this great sin of omission– that of telling no one about God. There can be no forgiveness for Cain.
What of the sons of Lamech, of the seventh generation of Cain? This part of scripture establishes the basic components of what will become the modern world: nomadic life, urban life and industry, the creation of art beyond the making of trinkets and the making of music beyond drums.
Both Jabal and Jubal are the children of Ada. “Jabal erected tents, and loved the life of a shepherd,” from Josephus, and from Gen. 4.20, “He was the father of those who dwell in tents and have livestock.” Jabal is accredited with initiating what is historically known as ‘tent people’, and advances the nomadic culture. Many commentaries attribute Jabal as the person who creates the Bedouin culture. Other scholars believe that the Bedouin were already existent and would be at war with the children of Cain, and would want nothing to do with Cain’s bloodline.
Jabal’s contribution to nomadic life would not have been after the nature of Abraham, who followed after God, but would have been after the nature of Cain, godless or pagan, rebellious. Now into the seventh generation of Cain, we arrive to the soul named Lamech, and there is no reason to believe that violence and murder would not continue to be pursued, as scripture will indicate.
The history of this part of the world now enters into a realm of confusion and serial revenge. Where before a certain ground may have been shared for open grazing, now a fight will ensue for land use. As an oasis may have once been free-right, now a tribe claims an oasis as their own. Suspicions may grow as tribes come into contact, tribal grudges erupt and death often follows. Tribal wars based upon long ago events become continuous.
Gen. 9.6 attempts to resolve this issue of inherited tribal and family warfare. “Whoever sheds human blood, by a human being will his own blood be shed.” This is intended as a judicial prescription for solving the most serious problems between men, and was intended to stop revenge killings and the family feuds which almost always follow. As part of the Noahide laws, blood is maintained as sacred, and to God the taking of human life anathema. Under Cain’s heritage men fall under a murderous malediction. Even the creation of music by Jubal, Jabal’s brother, as pleasant as it might be on one occasion, upon another is now cast into the pounding of drums to heighten the warlike fever. It is hard to believe that ‘Jabal the nomad’ would not have been as contentious as his family line would suggest.
There is a second viewpoint to be mentioned. On the face of it, one could assume that Lamech’s wife, Ada, represents the continuing effort of God to yield the good, reestablishing the positive element within the schism of good and evil. After all, through Jubal and Jabal we have music and the beginning of a new societal arch type, nomad culture. However, without Cain mentioning God, and with the lack of godliness remaining at the root, serious questions remain. What of this city Cain built, Enoch (Eridu)? Is the city now overcrowded? Have the people become discontent? Is there urban friction? What is the social order? Who maintains law, and how?
When the ovens were operating in the city square of ancient cultic societies we can glimpse what might be the severe corruption now present in Eridu (Dan. 3.13-30, fiery furnace). People would be tried, and if the offense was serious enough and found guilty, they would then be thrown in. Tradesmen and shoppers would be roundabout the city square while this death penalty was exacted. A similar godless narrative runs throughout the later attempt to erect Nimrod’s ziggurat. It remains that Cain’s predatory nature continues to move as a spirit across the land.
“But,” Josephus continues, “Tubul, one of the children by the other wife (Zillah), exceeded all men in strength, and was very expert and famous in martial performances. He procured what tended to the pleasures for the body by that method; and first of all invented the art of making brass.” Tubul continues the tradition of Cain, yet with one important addition: Tubul becomes the first iron monger, one who makes weapons for war, and that he himself conducts such wars. War is now upon the land, continuous.
As to Lamech himself, he was “skillful in divine revelation (divination?),” as Josephus writes, “That he knew he was going to be punished for Cain’s murder of his brother… even while Adam was still alive, it came to pass that the posterity of Cain becomes exceedingly wicked, every one successively dying, one after another, more wicked than the former. They were intolerable in war, and vehement in robberies; and if anyone were slow to murder people…and doing injuries for gain,” such a man would be outcast from them.
Seven is the holiest number in Judaism, for it represents perfection, the completed cycle, and points to a final judgment. Nothing more concerning Lamech is written by Josephus. But we now begin to see a world of war, dictators and kingdoms rising and falling, taxes, strife, theft and the general pillaging which continues to this day.
Cain’s unwillingness to spread the word of God leads to calamitous circumstances throughout the land. Of Tubal-Cain, there is nothing to inhibit his behavior. He sees no other option in the world but what he himself sees, and thus pursues. He perceives his mission as a mighty one, perhaps much like the ‘men of renown’ mentioned in Genesis 6.4. The object being that without God all standards become corrupted. The last and most devastating sin of Cain has now been accomplished.
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