There is a time for everything, and a season for everything under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot . . .” Ecclesiastes 3:1-2
The following “first times” are recorded in the short passage of Genesis 4:1-5.
First Sexual Intercourse
Genesis 4:1 records Adam and Eve in this intimate act.
God created sex not only to populate the earth, but also for our pleasure. His design for this act is modeled between one man and one woman, within the boundary of marriage. This sacred gift seals the spiritual, physical, and social relationship between husband and wife when exercised God’s way. (See also Gen. 2:18; Jer. 29:6; Isa. 62:5; 1 Cor. 11:11-12)
Although childbearing pain entered the picture, Eve acknowledged God’s help in conceiving her firstborn son, Cain. She later gave birth to Abel. Both sons occupied honorable occupations: Cain grew to become a farmer, while Abel became a shepherd.
First Struggle in Daily Living
Abel means “vapor” or “vanity.” At this point, Adam and Eve no doubt realized the full impact of God’s curse from their sin (Rom. 8:20). Food, clothing, and shelter would no longer be provided freely as in the Garden of Eve, but wrought with much struggle against the elements.
First Recorded Offerings to God
Although Adam and Eve had been driven out of the Garden away from God’s presence, God graciously still made Himself available for counsel under certain conditions. Although the Bible doesn’t record these first conditions to Adam and Eve in approaching Him, He probably instructed them in regards to sacrifices and offerings given to Him; possibly when God provided the first clothes—coats of animal skins—for them (Gen. 3:21).
It’s likely that Abel’s sheep were to be used for sacrifice since atonement (“covering”) required shedding of blood.
Cain and Abel may have made many offerings to God. But this was the first recorded time God rejected Cain’s offering. Why? Although we don’t know all of the reasons, my next post will explore some clues as we continue Cain and Abel’s sad saga.
I hope spring is treating you well. Thanks for dropping by!
First time…manipulation of the ego and “ye shall be as gods”. Genesis 3:4
First time…ego, pride and self esteem “I heard, I was afraid, I was naked, I hid myself”. Genesis 3:10
Satan attempted to manipulate the ego of Christ…if thou are, turn this stone…if thou are, jump off of this cliff…if you fall down and worship me”… If thou are, come down off of the cross, if thou art, save yourself and come down off of the cross.
Hi Ken, thanks for your insights. It’s interesting to see the pattern repeated when Satan tempts Jesus in the desert. Blessings!