I Don’t Have to Remain Outside Yahweh’s Presence

Genesis 4:16-17

16 And Cain went out from before (The Lord) Yahweh, and he lived in the land of Nod[1], to the east of Eden.17 And Cain knew his wife, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Enoch[2], and it happened that (Cain) was the builder of a city, and he called the name of the city like the name of his son, Enoch.

Application

Cain went out from before the Lord Yahweh, and I don’t think we see him in Yahweh’s presence again.  That said, Cain was still in Yahweh’s presence after murdering Abel, and it was Cain who went from Yahweh’s presence, not Yahweh who left Cain.

Cain went to live in the land of Nod, meaning “wanderer.”  Then, his wife (the person about whom many hard questions have been asked … i.e. where did she come from?  Was she his sister? … had to be) became pregnant and gave birth to Enoch, whose name means “dedicated.”

Cain also built a city and named it after his son, Enoch.  This is the first mention of building a city, and it was built by a man whom Yahweh said would spend his days as a wanderer.  It seems that Cain refused to accept the curse that Yahweh put upon him, and he was determined to live in a city.

It’s clear that that Cain highly valued his son, Enoch, in naming the city after him… Accordingly, one wonders if Cain recognised how much Adam valued Cain’s brother Abel.

What I take out of this is that, although I’ve failed (perhaps not murder, but, really, just like Cain) I don’t have to remain outside Yahweh’s presence.  Jesus bought me with a price on Calvary, and now I can come boldly before the throne of grace. 

Prayer

Father, thank you that You love me.  Please help me to be who You see me as, and not try to be what I think others think I should be.  Please help me to succeed at all You’ve called me to, and to leave alone the things that You don’t want me doing, whether I perceive them as good or bad.

In Jesus’ name.  Amen.


[1] נוֹד – Nowd – trongs 5113 – (n . m proper) – “Nod, name of the land to the east of the Garden of Eden, where Cain went to live after murdering Abel –‘wandering’”

[2] חֲנןֹךְ – Chanowk – Strongs 2585 – (n . m proper) – “Enoch, name of several men in the Bible… Cain, Jared (this Enoch was the father of Methuselah, and this Enoch walked with God, and was not) Midian, and Reuben… Also the name of a city that Cain built for himself = ‘dedicated’”