We are told that Eve has two Sons – Cain and Abel. We ask ourselves, is Cain our offspring?
As we read on, we can say a resounding No. Something terrible happens in Genesis 4. Our hope in this offspring Cain soon dissolves. Cain takes Abel out into the field and kills him because he is jealous of his brother. Abel’s blood spills into the ground and it cries out.
The Lord hears the cry of Abel’s blood. (4v10)
The firstborn doesn’t save or crush the serpents offspring, instead he allows the sin that is crouching at his door to overcome him. (v7).
We want an offspring that will not spill the blood of others, but will spill his own blood, blood that will “speak a better word than the blood of Abel” (Hebrews 12v24).
Cain left the presence of the Lord and sin sinks deeper into their bones. It seems there is no hope for the line of Cain, the offspring won’t be coming from him.
Is that the end? Thankfully no.
Adam and Eve soon give birth to a new son. A son called Seth. Soon after people begin to call upon the name of the Lord. They worship. This seems more promising.
Christmas is about the blood that cries out.
*Painting by Tiziano Vecelli