The Prophet Noah and the Flood (continued)
Cain and Abel were sons of Adam and Eve. These two brothers each brought an offering to God. God was pleased with Abel’s offering. But he was not pleased with Cain’s offering. So Cain became angry with Abel and killed him (Genesis 4:1-8).
4 Then Adam had intercourse with his wife, and she became pregnant. She bore a son and said, “By the Lord’s help I have gotten a son.” So she named him Cain. 2 Later she gave birth to another son, Abel. Abel became a shepherd, but Cain was a farmer. 3 After some time Cain brought some of his harvest and gave it as an offering to the Lord. 4 Then Abel brought the first lamb born to one of his sheep, killed it, and gave the best parts of it as an offering. The Lord was pleased with Abel and his offering, 5 but he rejected Cain and his offering. Cain became furious, and he scowled in anger. 6 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why that scowl on your face? 7 If you had done the right thing, you would be smiling; but because you have done evil, sin is crouching at your door. It wants to rule you, but you must overcome it.”
8 Then Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go out in the fields.” When they were out in the fields, Cain turned on his brother and killed him.
Adam and Eve were very sad. They remembered that they had refused to obey God. Now they saw that their sin had brought killing and death into their own family.
As people increased, they sinned more and more. They killed each other just as Cain had done to Abel. People were selfish and proud. The Taurat says, “The Lord saw how wicked everyone on earth was and how evil their thoughts were all the time” (Genesis 6:5).
God was sorry about the wickedness of people on the earth (Genesis 6:6). Why was God sorry? God was sorry because when people sin, they separate themselves from God. To be cut off from God is terrible. The whole earth suffers because of the sin of mankind. God does not want people to separate themselves from him. This is why God was sorry about the sinfulness of mankind.