From Where Does Cain Get His Wife
Most of you know the story. Cain and his brother Abel both bring an offering to God. God “has respect” unto Abel’s offering, but not Cain’s. Cain, being wroth and of fallen countenance as a result, and “when they were in the field,” consequently takes his brother’s life. God subsequently curses him, and banishes him from His presence, from whence, after being banished, he takes on a wife.
From where does Cain get his wife? Many scholars assume that Cain marries his sister, but scripture is silent as to whether Eve had any daughters at this point. Of course, it is easy to make this assumption, but is there some hidden nugget we can find that will shed some light on this, one of the great quandaries of scripture, for us?
“It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter” (Prov. 25:2).
“And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father” (Rev. 1:6).
We are all kings and priests. As such it is our responsibility to “search out the matter.” Let us continue.
What we are going to discover next, if you can receive it, is astonishing indeed. Remember, the discovery of truth is all about the foundation upon which you are building. The reason we have not to this point uncovered the truth is because our foundation has always been faulty – The Great Western Paradigm. This mythical paradigm MUST be shattered – exiled completely from the land – if we are to experience the liberating truth that sets us free.
The Beasts of the Field
From the literal perspective, the “beasts of the field,” is a source of great terror to Bible adherents. In fact, it is one of the “four dreadful judgments of God” depicted in scripture (Eze. 14:21). At first glance, it appears that the great God of love – the God whose “mercy endures forever” – purposes to viciously punish in a merciless torrent of vengeance and retribution, everyone who does not ultimately fall down and worship Him, by literally throwing unbelievers to the “beasts that devour.”
We must once again ask ourselves the question, where would the mercy of God be in this? Would we treat our own disobedient children in this way? For most of us the answer is an unqualified “no!” Is it possible that we are observing these scriptural phenomena with the wrong set of eyes — physical eyes that are unable to see spiritual things? “The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63).
The great problem with this line of reasoning is that it depicts God as a hateful, vengeful, tyrannical being who exacts our love and obedience, or else! This is quite contrary to the “love that endures forever.” Further, this line of reasoning gives us no room for error. It punishes us for simply being human and spiritually blind, and is so antithetical to anything resembling mercy, that it is amazing that anyone can take it literally and still believe in a God of love. “The simple believe every word” (Prov. 14:15). Truly, the literal perspective brings the nature of God down a level even lower than our human nature, because most of us wouldn’t even remotely consider treating our offspring in the way depicted of God here.
Unfortunately, the literal interpretation has propounded on us such a powerful counterfeit spirituality, and for so long a time, that it rendered the recognition of real authentic spirituality as a virtual impossibility. Indeed, the western world, generally speaking, has no concept of what true spirituality really is. Such is the “power of the sword” (another of the “judgments of God”). It has gone through the land and has decapitated its victims. The sword causes spiritual death in that the venomous poison it spews infects the hearers to the extent that they cannot hear truth when it is actually presented to them — the truth that lies in you because you are the temple of God, and “The Spriit of God lives in you” (1 Cor. 3:16), not in a building made with hands. In addition, the famine of spiritual food (still another “judgment of God”) has been so severe in the land that most of us are starving for real meat and real drink.
The phrase “beasts of the field” is simply more scriptural symbology, but of what?
“For thus saith the Lord GOD; How much more when I send my four sore judgments upon Jerusalem, the sword, and the famine, and the noisome beast, and the pestilence, to cut off from it man and beast” (Eze. 14:21)?
“I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts” (Eccl. 3:18-19).
“My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword” (Ps. 57:4).
“Come, all you beasts of the field, come and devour, all you beasts of the forest” (Isa. 56:9-12).
Do you understand the scriptures you just read?
The “beasts of the field” is scriptural symbology for the sons of men. We are speaking here about a spiritual condition. The teeth of these beasts – these sons of men – are spears and arrows and their tongues are sharp swords. In other words, their mouths are weapons which are used to deceive and dissuade man from the spiritual path, and propel him into rebellion and error, the path of darkness. It is this flaming sword (the tongues of beasts) which protects the way to the tree of life (Gen. 3:24) (while “a wholesome tongue IS a tree of life” (Prov. 15:4)). “Life and death are in the power of the tongue” (Prov. 18:21). They are formed for purposes of devouring the disobedient aspects of man’s being and turning him to the word of truth that is in him (separating the wheat from the chaff). This field is the world, and is metaphorical of outer darkness. It is this field to which Adam and Eve were driven when they were cast out of the Garden of Eden as a result of yielding to the serpent, who was “more subtil than any beast of the field” (Gen. 3:1). Out of the garden and into the world. In other words, they listened to man rather than God and they died. The death spoken of here is spiritual death.
Very critical to understand here is that this “outer darkness” or “field” is representative of that which is outside of man. Man looks outside of himself for that which is in him (which is the Christ, the Spirit in all, for God is no respecter of persons). When man requires you to follow him, when he proclaims that he has the truth, when he requires that you obey him, he becomes a ‘beast of the field.” This proclamation of the tongue of man is the sword (Ps. 57:4; 64:3; Prov. 12:8; Hos. 7:16) to which “God” gives you over when you decide to go outside yourself for the knowledge that is inherent IN YOU. “Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm” (Jer. 17:5).
The problem with following man? What man are you going to follow? Which men have the words of truth? There are many professing themselves to be “the only true religion.” Every religion, or so it seems, criticizes every other religion in their attempts to make themselves the object of man’s search for truth. “… yea, let God be true, but every man a liar” (Rom. 3:4). The significance of this scripture is far greater than we realize. You may contend, as do the scriptures, that Jesus has the words of truth, and if that is true of the external Christ, which religion accurately interprets his words? Which religion accurately reflects his teachings? How would you know for sure? Would it be the one with the most convincing words? The one that speaks most powerfully? The most persuasive? The most eloquent? The one that quotes the most scriptures? What would be your method of judgment?
And if it is true of the inner Christ, then why are you going outside yourself (to man, the beasts of the field, outer darkness) for that which is IN you? Who (or what) is Jesus, anyway? A popular question about Christ in us is, “if God truly is in us, how do we communicate with him?”
Whoever the Christ is, your hope of glory is Him IN YOU (Col. 1:27; Gal. 4:19; John 15:5).
Many people think that going to church to “hear the word of God” is the way ot God, primarily because it is man’s interpretation of the Bible. Go to church (or synagogue, or mosque) and hear the “man of God” preach the word. This is a gross error on the part of man, and one for which he pays with his blood (spiritually speaking, for “the life of the flesh is in the blood” (Lev. 17:11)). “There is a way that seemeth right to a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 14:12; 16:25); “Cursed be the man that trusteth in man …” (Jer. 17:5). “And I say unto you, that many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matt. 8:11-12).
Now remember, the teeth of these beasts are representative of spears and arrows, and there is much spoken of about them in the scriptures as a destructive force used by God to assist in “bringing man to Christ.” Here we speak of “weeping and gnashing of teeth.” This has nothing to do with a literal God destroying your physical body with spears and arrows. All of this is allegorical of how you live and die spiritually. It is all LAW. By obeying the voice of the serpent (the most subtil of the beasts of the field), and concurrently disobeying the word of Spirit, the “Word of God,” you bring upon yourself spiritual destruction, which ultimately results also in your physical destruction. You close yourself off from the tree of life.
Now how were these beasts of the field formed? In the same manner as man – out of the ground:
“And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof” (Gen. 2:19).
Here we invoke the proverbial killing of two birds with one stone. The first is the question of whether any other human beings existed in Adam’s day. We now know that they did – they were the “beasts of the field.” The second involves the origin of Cain’s wife. The clear answer is that he took a wife from among the beasts of the field – outer darkness, to which he was cast. In other words, he is joined in marriage not to a daughter of God, but to a daughter of man, and the two becoming one “flesh,” it results in his swift spiritual destruction.
“The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63).
Acts 10:1-28 – Peter’s vision of the four-footed beasts that God tells him to “kill and eat” (“I shall not call any MAN common or unclean”).
Rev. 13:17-18 – Mark of the beast, the number of which is the number of a MAN.