The most noteworthy thing you could say about any of the people in Seth’s line is that they were people of faith, and a people of long life.
We must give our sons and daughters better dreams, better hopes, for God’s glory, for each other’s equality in God’s eyes, for the humility of Jesus, the Lord of the universe, Who came to serve, and, not to be served.
All these extraordinary names, exalting the achievements of humankind, yet significantly, none of them gave honor to the Lord.
While there is life there is hope, God extends mercy and an invitation to everyone, even Cain.
Unminded thoughts still create a perspective, and a framework, from which hang our feelings, and our worldview.
It was not enough for Cain to know God loved him as he was. He wanted God to approve of him, as he was.
Eve seems to have accepted Adam’s rule. It was a price she seemed willing to pay, the loss of her equality, in order that they might have a family, a kind of peace, and the promise of more children.
Millenia later the apostle Paul would write of these births—woman originated in man, but ever since, man has originated from woman, and even the Christ, our salvation, came through a woman, “For just as woman came from man, so man comes through woman; but all things come from God.”
The day had begun in such warmth and beauty, in love and joy, in peace and plenty. And now, though the sun still shone, and the birds still sang, their world was plunged into darkness and the sounds of lament.
Making extra boundaries for ourselves, beyond the limits of what God Himself has given, creates a false impression of God, and clouds understanding of what God has really said.