No children were born to Adam and Eve in
Eden. They labored with sweat of face for quite a time before their
first-born came. Doubtless he was birth-marked with a jealous, unhappy
disposition. Toil conduced to fretfulness in those who knew a happier lot
in Eden. Fault-finding with each other, resentment against the Creator,
discontent with their lot, probably marked their offspring--Cain. The
world has since been under a "reign of Sin and Death."
Daughters also were born to them, and later
another son, Abel, of a very different disposition from their first-born.
The experiences of life may have mellowed their hearts. They remembered an
intimation of hope connected with their sentence; namely, that the Seed of
the woman should bruise the serpent's head. Abel's disposition indicates
that he had a contrite heart, and desired to please God. If parents
realized to what extent mental conditions affect their offspring, all
would strive to bestow favorable birth-traits on their children.
Years passed. Cain and Abel were inspired
by the promise respecting the Seed of the woman, and the hope for recovery
by Divine favor. They approached the Lord with offerings to receive a
blessing. Abel's sacrifice of animal life God accepted, because it
typified the necessity for Jesus' death as the basis for forgiveness of
rejection of Cain's offering teaches that without shedding of blood
there can be no remission of sins. Cain should have procured an animal for
acceptable sacrifice, in obedience to the Divine will. Instead, he allowed
anger, malice, hatred, and strife to burn in his heart, and became a murderer.--Genesis
St. Paul says that Abel's blood cried to
God for justice against Cain. But Jesus'
blood cried to God for mercy on the sinner. Every injustice cries to
God for justice. By a special covenant, Jesus and His Elect Church lay
down their lives sacrificially for Adam and his race. (Romans 12:1.) The
"better sacrifices" completed, Restitution follows.
Redemption from the Curse