So Sayeth the Lord

The Judeo-Christian God in the Old Testament spoke directly to Adam and Eve, to Cain, to Job, to Noah and his sons, to Abraham, to Isaac, to Jacob, to Moses, to Elijah, to Joshua, to Samuel, to Nathan, to David, to Solomon, to Isaiah, to Jonah, to Ezekiel, to Hosea, to Zechariah, to Abimelech, to Jehu, to Ahaz, to Manasseh and to Haggai.  God told Adam and Eve that they could eat fruit from all the trees in the garden but one, that being the tree of Good and Evil.  God asked Adam and Eve why they had disobeyed Him and then He told them that they must leave the Garden of Eden.  Adam and Eve felt God approach probably as a terrible wind that lashed the trees in the garden, and they were frightened and took cover.

I have a few problems with this story and the first one is that Eve did not have a snowball’s chance in hell of not being outwitted by the Devil.  Naïve Eve was certainly not a Rhodes Scholar and Satan was very conniving, so Paradise was lost as soon as the devil got into the garden.  It was not meant to last, as having everything perfect is no life at all.  Man was made to struggle, we need conflict and challenges as that is what makes our brains work.  We would never have invented the wheel or anything else if we never left the garden.  The Bible verses are just enough to peak our interests, without telling us much about what life was really like in the Garden of Eden.  Adam and Eve were not all that special, but they are our first story and their purpose is to inspire curiosity and that made them heroes, so more stories were invented about them.

When Adam and Eve were banished from the garden they went to live in the Cave of Treasures which was located on a mountain, and this is where they stored certain relics that they took with them from Paradise after their expulsion.  Adam and Eve were traumatized, because their new life was so different from when they lived in the garden.  The cave was dark unlike the Garden of Eden and it acted as a kind of temple for Adam and Eve.  They had to learn how to do things for themselves, simple things like eating, drinking and making clothes.  Adam and Eve actually committed suicide several times, but each time God sent His Son to bring them back to life.  They made an alter and they gave an offering of their own blood to worship God and then they started having children.  When Adam died, he was buried in the cave.

Cain was a twin and his sister was named Luluwa.  After God accepted Able’s sacrifice and rejected Cain’s, God spoke to Cain asking him, “Why this tantrum?  Why the sulking?  If you do well, won’t you be accepted?  And if you don’t do well, sin is lying in wait for you, ready to pounce; it’s out to get you, you’ve got to master it.”  After Cain killed Able, God asked Cain, “Where is Abel, thy brother?”  Cain replied, “I know not.  Am I my brother’s keeper?”  God said, “What have you done?  The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to Me from the ground.  Now you shall be cursed and banned from the ground that has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood at your hands.  When you till the ground it will no longer yield crops to you.  You will be a fugitive and a vagabond on earth from now on.”  Cain complained, “My punishment is greater than I can bear.  You drive me from the surface of the Earth, I am forced to hide from you, and be a restless wanderer on Earth.  Those who come across me, will kill me!”  God responded, “Very well, I will prolong your life, by issuing a decree, that whoever kills Cain will suffer a sevenfold vengeance.”  God put a mark on Cain, so that no one coming across him would kill him.  God drove Cain out to live in the land of Nod, which was to the east of the Garden of Eden.

The word Nod in Hebrew means to wonder, so the land of Nod means that Cain became a wonderer or a vagabond.  Nod is said to be outside of the presence or face of God and considered to be the opposite of Eden.  Nod has been described as a land of exile inhabited by trembling people who had forsaken God.  Nod was sometimes described as a desert inhabited only by ferocious beasts or monsters, while others interpreted Nod as dark place or even being underground.

At the close of the fourth jubilee, Cain fled with his sister Awan that he married and they had a son that they named him Enoch.  Eve came up with the idea of joining Cain with his twin sister Luluwa and Able with his twin Awan, but that did not work out, as Cain fell in love with Awan.  The Book of Jubilees is a history that was revealed to Moses by angels while he was on Mount Sinai for forty days and forty nights.  The chronology given in Jubilees is based on multiples of seven, thus the jubilees are periods of 49 years, seven ’year-weeks’, into which all of time has been divided.  Jubilees covers much of the same ground as Genesis, but often with additional detail.  Also a body of literature arose called Pseudepigrapha, which is Jewish writings ascribed to various biblical patriarchs and prophets that tell stories about heroic figures like the Forgotten Books of Eden, along with Christian stories known as Biblical apocrypha.

Written for 4/14/18 Linda G. Hill’s ‘Life in progress’ Stream of Consciousness Saturday where the prompt is “spoke”.

7 thoughts on “So Sayeth the Lord

  1. You are right, life was meant to be difficult and we are meant to struggle as that’s what keeps us moving forward, you know I was feeling really devastated till now, I was confused and your article really sorted things out for me, thank you so much for that….😊😃

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