Am I My Brother’s Keeper?
“For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. Not as Cain, who was of the wicked one, and slew his brother.” (1st John 3:11-12)
Cain and Abel were two brothers who understood sacrifices to be acts of worship unto God, perhaps taught by their father Adam. Both sons had occupations equally important, but very different: “Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground” (Genesis 4:2).
In examining each brother’s trade we deduce that Cain was a farmer and Abel was a herdsman. Both work laboriously to produce bountiful harvests and both had a desire to present their sacrifices unto the Lord, but not with equal enthusiasm. Explained in Genesis 4:3-5, we notice the Lord was dissatisfied with Cain’s offering: “And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the Lord. (4) Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat.
And the Lord respected Abel and his offering, (5) but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell.” In verse 3 the scripture explains that in “the process of time,” meaning for a while or for a long period of time, “it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground” as an offering unto God. It is quite clear that Cain did not bring forth his first fruits to God. He handed them over after some time had passed. Perhaps Cain kept the first fruits of his harvest for himself or maybe he left it lying around to spoil, and then brought it to God in
poor condition. Nevertheless, it was unacceptable to Him. Conversely, Cain’s younger brother Abel gave exactly what was required of him and a little extra. Abel gave immediately his first to the Lord, for verse 4 points out that he “brought of the firstborn [firstlings] of his flock” and the little extra was “their fat” which was considered the best part of the animal. God was pleased with Abel, for he exemplified a sincere heart and faithfulness according to Hebrew 11: 4 (NKJV), “By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead still speaks.”
Big brother Cain was disappointed of the rejection and grew bitter to the fact that he had played second best to his little brother. God asked Cain in verse 6 why was he angry, for he plainly brought this fate upon himself. The Lord took the time to explain to Cain his mistake in verse 7 and proceeded to encourage him that he could do better next time, if he would just take authority over sin.
Since the Evil One (Satan) had already planted disobedience in the heart of Cain there was a slim chance he would have tried it “Abel’s Way.” Although it was God who rejected Cain and it was God who corrected Cain. It was Abel who must pay in Cain’s mind. To Cain it was not God’s way, it became “Abel’s Way” and Abel had to go. Cain suffered from Emotion-induced blindness (Philip, 015, p.8). He became caught up in his emotions of bitterness, anger, hatred and malice; he was blinded by the power of those emotions and crossed over to a territory that had never been crossed: murder. Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him in the field because of jealousy; “Then the Lord said to Cain, ‘Where is Abel your brother?’
He said, I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper? (Genesis 4:9).
Paganism: The Insurrection Of A Mighty Hunter
“Cush begot Nimrod; he began to be a mighty one on the earth.” (Genesis 10:8)
We do not hear much about Nimrod in the Bible, in fact there is a very brief mention of him in Genesis 10 that states that “Like Nimrod the mighty hunter before the Lord” and explains that the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, Erech, Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar. He also built Nineveh, Rehogoth Ir, Calah and Resen in Assyria. The reason why we are unable to find much about Nimrod in the Scriptures is because the history about Nimrod is pagan history and not Christian history. However, much of so call Christian traditions and the celebration of holidays were adopted from the Babylonian Cult (paganism) through the Roman Church.
Nimrod was called “the mighty hunter before the Lord” because he had great arrogance. That arrogance was assumed by his followers who thought that there was nothing man could not do. Does this not sound just like the mind of Satan? Nimrod also had a Queen name Semiramis who by his side created the Babylonian Cult. According to Finis Jennings Dake in God’s Plan For Man, he claims that Ancient Babylon was the seat of the first great apostasy against God after the flood (2001, p. 817). Which pretty much explains the reason for building the Tower of Babel. Many Christians believe that the building of the tower was for these “believers” pagan worshipers to reach God. In truth the Scriptures tell us that they conspired by saying, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens;” why? “Let us make a name for ourselves…”
(Genesis 11:4). On the contrary of reaching God, these pagans out of pride and arrogance built the tower to dare God to send another flood to see how mighty and great they were and to take vengeance upon God for sending a flood upon their forefathers (p. 230). In spite of the fact that Noah and his three sons were preserved by God (Noah, the great-grandfather of them all), they made war with the Lord. They desired to be like the giants before the flood (the amalgamation of the angels and daughters of men) found in Genesis 6: 1-2. As you may have read in Genesis 11, God confused the language and scattered them abroad the earth. Hence, spreading their beliefs into many nations.
Perhaps you are wondering why these people decided to follow Nimrod and the Babylonian Cult? The answer lies within mind manipulation. Nimrod used Fear-Creation, in the form of intimidation and social pressure (Philips, 015, pp.12-13). The land during those days were overrun by wild beasts, Nimrod the “mighty hunter” hunted down these beasts and taught men how to build walls to protect themselves during the nights from these destructive creatures. Nimrod was a hero, a great leader and an opportunist, who took advantage of a people who trusted his abilities. Men were easily led from God, because of Nimrod’s fame and man’s fear. It was his persuasion and tyranny that drew men from worshiping God the Almighty to believing in the Babylonian Cult, a new religion. “The purpose of this religion was to rule the world and all men on the Earth and keep them in blind and willful obedience to the supreme pontiff, the head of this religion” (Dake, p. 230). More about paganism and the insurrection of this cult and how it still remains in existence in the Christian Church will be discussed in Chapter 6.