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Every wrong has many victims. Those who care for the victim suffer, as do those who care for the person to blame. The guilty are never alone in their guilt, or in the price that is paid.

We each think there are things that we would never do, and it may be true. If our lives had been forged under the same circumstances as the criminal’s however, we might find that we’re not so different as we like to think. A great deal depends upon circumstances that only God can enable us to overcome.

We should always thank God if we’re not put to the test. We may not always recognize the wrong, and we may not see the pain, but God does. Others learn wrong from us, and children follow our example. Jesus said (Matthew 18:10), “See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I tell you that their Angels in Heaven always look on the face of my Father in Heaven.”

We may not see the pain on God’s face, but it’s there. The face of love is the face of God, for the Script tells us that God is love (1st. John 4:8). The wounds show on Jesus (Isaiah 52:14). If a woman had two sons, and one were to kill the other, it would be very unusual for the mother to want the killer to be put to death (2nd. Samuel 14:4-11). I think you would experience every negative emotion that has anything to do with anger and grief, but you wouldn’t want to lose the remaining son.

Adam and Eve suffered through that sad experience. Here’s something that people don’t usually understand about God; he loved both Cain and Abel as did Adam and Eve. All of them despised what Cain had done, but love dies hard.

The Lord knew Cain as a babe in his mother’s womb, and as a little boy playing with his brother Abel. As the face of Cain became that of a man turning away from the face of God, the cross of YHWH Elohim grew heavier.

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At first Adam called the woman God created “Ishshah.” We don’t know what language Adam actually spoke, but that’s how it’s been passed to us through the Hebrew. At present, we can’t go back to any older language for information. “Ishshah,” is Hebrew for “Woman.” That name in Genesis 2:23 doesn’t seem to us to be very personal, but to Adam it was. She was the first woman, and they were “one flesh.”

“Ishshah,” with the same spelling, also has another meaning, but it has proved difficult to research. It is listed in Strong’s Hebrew Dictionary (#801), but apparently not in Strong’s Concordance, and I can’t spend any more time on it right now. Most English Bible versions translate Ishshah as the phrase, “offering (or sacrifice) made by fire.”

Another word “Eshshah,” (#800) is the feminine form of a Hebrew word (Esh) for fire. I know there are exceptions, but women seem by nature to be more self-sacrificing creatures than men, especially toward their children. They share something special with God in the giving of life. My own mother was the most selfless person I’ve ever known, and others would say the same thing of their mothers. That’s probably the main reason for the Biblical link between the word “woman,” and a “fire offering.”

The name “Eve,” which means “life-giving”, implies being sacrificial beyond simply having a child. Genesis 3:20, and surrounding verses, sound as if Adam gave her this name around the time they left Eden. “Eve,” comes to us from the Greek “Eua,” which in turn comes from the Hebrew “Chavvah.” Genesis 3:20 tells us that Adam called her Chavvah because she was the mother of all human life (“Chay” is “life” in Hebrew). The interpretation of her name is given to us right in the verse.

Genesis 4:1 says, “Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain…” Various versions of the Script say this somewhat differently, but the meaning is the same. I think the archaic expression “knew,” conveys a broader meaning than more modern wording.

I assume that quite a bit of time passed from the creation of Adam and Eve until Cain was conceived. Genesis 1:27-28 tells us that after creating Adam and Eve, God blessed them saying, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth…” Everything that God created was intended to be a blessing. Based on the fact that God instructed them to reproduce, I think it’s safe to say that Adam and Eve also “knew” each other in a physical sense before eating from the Tree of Knowledge, but that Eve did not conceive until afterward.

Contrary to Genesis 1:28, some churches teach the opposite. I think that’s one reason so many fail to recognize that the forbidden fruit had something to do with the interpretation of all knowledge, and not only one aspect of it. That failure allows the serpent a great deal of wiggle room. It gives him more leverage to twist that which was meant for a blessing into something much less. Many times in life, it’s difficult to tell where the blessing ends, and the curse begins.

When questioned about divorce in Matthew 19:3-6, Jesus reasserted the original intention for male and female, “…they are no longer two but one flesh.” Later in that section (19:14) he said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” Think of these things in terms of love, and not of laws and rules. God continues to desire the best for us, and the greatest possible nurture for our children.

I’m borrowing these thoughts from the song “One Way,” by the late Larry Norman. God wants to take “children of the land,” raise us out of the dust, and transform us into “children of the sky.” God wanted to allow us to share in the creation of children of heaven.

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