Genesis 303
Lesson Seven

 

Ok, today we are going to address another Biblical truth that many people do not know. That is the truth that Adam and Eve were indeed the first two people on earth. Now, this may not seem like a huge point to some...you just accept the Scriptures as they are. But, there are many in the world who do not. They are the ones who ask, "where did Cain get his wife when he was kicked out into the land of Nod"? They will even go as far as to say, "Adam and Eve only had two kids. Where did all the other people come from?"

Well, the answer is right here in Scripture. Lets look at some key Scripture....

 

Gen 5:4 And the days of Adam after he had begotten Seth were eight hundred years: and he begat sons and daughters:

 

Gen 3:20 And Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.

 

Lev 20:17 And if a man shall take his sister, his father's daughter, or his mother's daughter, and see her nakedness, and she see his nakedness; it is a wicked thing; and they shall be cut off in the sight of their people: he hath uncovered his sister's nakedness; he shall bear his iniquity.

 

(Note: The Book of Leviticus was written between 1440 and 1400 B.C. This does not mean the law was given at that time, and surely it was given much earlier, but as far as we know, in the days of Adam and Eve and their offspring, there were no laws given)

(Note: The flood of Noah's day took place around 1580 B.C to 1600 B.C. So the law was given before the flood, but well after the days of Adam and Eve.

 

So, with what we know from Scripture already, we understand that all mankind came from Adam and Eve, that they had "other" sons and daughters, and that there was no law forbidding the marriage of a sister or brother, or other close relative at this time.

 

Now lets turn to basic math. We don't know how long after Adam and Eve had been alive before Cain killed his brother, but we do know Adam lived eight hundred years AFTER Seth was born, and Seth could have been born many years after Cain and Able. It is reasonable to assume, that although Seth is only the third child mentioned, they could have had many other children before Seth was born. If, they only had five children before Seth was born, and they had one child a year for just the first 100 of the eight hundred years Adam lived, and each daughter, after the age of 15 had children once a year, it is very reasonable to assume there could have been at least 1000 people on earth within 100 years of creation. That number would multiply each year after that so that by 200 years after creation there could easily have been tens of thousands of people spread out over that part of the world.

 

One must keep in mind that Genesis chapters 1-11 cover approximately the first 2,000-plus years of human history. The following 1,178 chapters of the Bible tell us about the next 2,000 years. Although the first 11 chapters of Genesis are undeniably literal, historical language, God chose to reveal to man only a few important facts about the first 2,000-plus years of man’s existence—and most of this revelation is about Creation, the Fall, and the Flood. What’s more, Genesis chapters 4-5 likely cover a period of more than 1,400 years. Thus, a lot of time can pass between events without the text specifically expressing exactly how many decades or centuries elapsed.

How much time elapsed in Genesis 4:2? Immediately following the announcement of Cain and Abel’s births (4:1-2), the text says, “Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground” (4:2). Most likely, at least 20 years had passed by this time, and it could be that several more decades had expired before Cain and Abel finally settled on their respective vocations. (How many people today do not settle on a profession until they are 35 or 40 years old?)

 

How much time transpired when the Bible says, “And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the Lord”? How long was Cain angry with Abel before God spoke to Cain about his anger (4:6)? How long was it before Cain spoke with Abel (4:8)? (Have you ever known people, even family members, to hold-in feelings of resentment for years or decades?) Genesis 4:8 says, “It came to pass when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him”. Again, we cannot know exactly how much time transpired between the conversation that Cain had with Abel and the day that he actually murdered Abel (4:8).

 

The fact is, Cain could have been 100 years old or more by the time he killed his brother. [Keep in mind that since the patriarchs often lived to be several hundred years old (e.g., Adam died at the age of 930), being 100 in that day, was somewhat comparable to being 20 today. What’s more, Adam and Eve may have had 50 children or more by the time Cain killed Abel (cf. Genesis 5:4). They may have had 300 grandchildren by then. There could have been three or four generations of Adam’s descendants on Earth by the time God sentenced Cain to be “a fugitive and a vagabond.”

 

How many children, and possibly grandchildren, did Adam and Eve have when God said, “Whoever kills Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold”? As we stated above, it is very possible that there were thousands, if not tens of thousands living on Earth by that time. How many people had descended from Adam by the time God “set a mark on Cain, lest anyone finding him should kill him”? Who were the “whoever” and “anyone” that both God and Cain mentioned? They were the thousands of people on Earth by that time—all of whom were descendants of Adam, “the first man” (1 Corinthians 15:45) and Eve, “the mother of all living” (Genesis 3:20). In no way does reason or inspired revelation forbid a literal interpretation of Genesis; on the contrary, it demands such.

 

So, in answer to the question, "where did Cain get his wife?" and, "did God create other people besides Adam and Eve?" The answers become very clear. Believe the Word of God, Stand on the Word of God, take it literal unless context clearly states otherwise, and you can't go wrong. Scripture tells us that Adam and Eve were the first two people on Earth, created by God Himself. It tells us that Adam was the "first man", and that Eve was the "mother of all living". We are told that they were commanded to multiply and fill the earth, and that Adam lived 930 years. During this time, they had many Sons and Daughters, grandchildren, great grandchildren and numerous generations of children. We also understand from Scripture that there were no laws given at this time prohibiting them from marrying close relation. These laws were not given until much later.

 

With all of this in mind, and all the Scripture to back us up, it is very safe to say that Cain was already married when he was driven out into the wilderness, and that there were already may other of his distant relatives already there, and no doubt many went with him and his wife as they departed into the land of Nod.

 

We will skip the rest of chapter five of Genesis, but you will be required to read it on your own before finishing this lesson. There may be questions regarding these last verses.

 

Gen 5:6 And Seth lived an hundred and five years, and begat Enos: 
Gen 5:7 And Seth lived after he begat Enos eight hundred and seven years, and begat sons and daughters: 
Gen 5:8 And all the days of Seth were nine hundred and twelve years: and he died. 
Gen 5:9 And Enos lived ninety years, and begat Cainan: 
Gen 5:10 And Enos lived after he begat Cainan eight hundred and fifteen years, and begat sons and daughters: 
Gen 5:11 And all the days of Enos were nine hundred and five years: and he died. 
Gen 5:12 And Cainan lived seventy years, and begat Mahalaleel: 
Gen 5:13 And Cainan lived after he begat Mahalaleel eight hundred and forty years, and begat sons and daughters: 
Gen 5:14 And all the days of Cainan were nine hundred and ten years: and he died. 
Gen 5:15 And Mahalaleel lived sixty and five years, and begat Jared: 
Gen 5:16 And Mahalaleel lived after he begat Jared eight hundred and thirty years, and begat sons and daughters: 
Gen 5:17 And all the days of Mahalaleel were eight hundred ninety and five years: and he died. 
Gen 5:18 And Jared lived an hundred sixty and two years, and he begat Enoch: 
Gen 5:19 And Jared lived after he begat Enoch eight hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: 
Gen 5:20 And all the days of Jared were nine hundred sixty and two years: and he died. 
Gen 5:21 And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah: 
Gen 5:22 And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: 
Gen 5:23 And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: 
Gen 5:24 And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him. 
Gen 5:25 And Methuselah lived an hundred eighty and seven years, and begat Lamech: 
Gen 5:26 And Methuselah lived after he begat Lamech seven hundred eighty and two years, and begat sons and daughters: 
Gen 5:27 And all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred sixty and nine years: and he died. 
Gen 5:28 And Lamech lived an hundred eighty and two years, and begat a son: 
Gen 5:29 And he called his name Noah, saying, This same shall comfort us concerning our work and toil of our hands, because of the ground which the LORD hath cursed. 
Gen 5:30 And Lamech lived after he begat Noah five hundred ninety and five years, and begat sons and daughters: 
Gen 5:31 And all the days of Lamech were seven hundred seventy and seven years: and he died. 
Gen 5:32 And Noah was five hundred years old: and Noah begat Shem, Ham, and Japheth. 
 

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