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Men of the Bible - Part Two

The Story of Cain and Abel

As retold in rhyme by Bob Dunham
Based upon Genesis, Chapter Four

Adam was the first father to inhabit the earth, and Eve was the first mother.
They must have been thrilled when their first-born Cain had a baby brother.
They named the new baby, Abel, and they must have hoped as all parents do,
That the brothers would become best friends as they matured and grew.

When they grew up, Cain became a farmer.  Abel tended a flock.
At harvest time, Cain brought a gift to the Lord.  Imagine his shock
When the gift of choice lambs that Abel chose to give, was accepted
By the Lord.  But Cain’s gift of produce from his fields was rejected.

This made Cain very angry; he was despondent, depressed.
The Lord could tell that he was unhappy and emotionally distressed.
The Lord said, “Why are you so angry?  Why are you dejected?
If you respond in the right way, you will be accepted.

If you refuse my command, sin will attack and destroy you.
Your tendency to not follow MY WAY – you must subdue.”
Later, Cain suggested to Abel that they take a walk in the field.
By agreeing to his brother’s suggestion, Abel’s fate was sealed.

While in the field, Cain attacked his brother.  Abel was dead.
Later God asked of Cain. “Where is your brother?” That was when Cain said,
I don’t know. Am I supposed to keep track of him wherever he goes?”
He, of course, knew very well that Abel had died as a result of his blows.

God knew what had happened.  He banished Cain as punishment for his crime.
The Lord put a mark on Cain so that forever and all time
Though people would know what he did, they would leave him alone.
Cain settled in the land of Nod, east of Eden.  Did he ever atone?

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