War begins with murder.

Humans kill for food.

They even kill for clothing.

We kill to sustain our existence.

That is permissible.

For there to be a prey,

There must be a predator.

And we humans

Are the world’s biggest predators.

But Cain

He did not kill for food.

He did not even kill for gain.

He killed for jealously.

He killed for greed.

He killed for vengeance.

He killed because he coveted

That which belonged to his brother.

If he could not have God’s blessings

Neither could anyone else.

Not even his brother.

Cain created murder.

He created war.

And we are still at war.

We are all still brothers at war.

Cain and Abel, 16th-century painting by Titian

In the Hebrew Bible, Cain is the firstborn son of Adam and Eve. Cain, a farmer, became enraged when the Lord accepted the offering of his brother, a shepherd, in preference to his own. He murdered his brother Abel (Genesis 4:1–16).

Cain was banished by the Lord from the settled country. He feared that in his exile he could be killed by anyone, so the Lord gave him a sign for his protection and a promise that if he were killed, he would be avenged sevenfold.

6 thoughts on “Brothers at War | The Story of Cain and Abel

  1. The Bible mainly focuses on the relationships and rivalries between men. I wonder what happened to the women in these stories. Their lives appear to be a footnote. Would the same principle apply to relations between women?

    The story of Cain and Abel brings our attention to how favoritism leads to jealousy… and subsequently murder. Was there a better way for Cain to react? How would things be different if Cain never killed Abel? Why did God prefer the shepherd’s offering to that of a farmer’s?

    1. Interesting questions to answer in a future post. I will share my thoughts shortly.

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