In Genesis, what follows immediately after the Fall, and then the expulsion of Adam and Eve from Eden, are mainly births and deaths, all in fulfilment of Godâ€™s prophecies in the preceding chapter. As parallel chapters, Genesis 3 and 4 contain many common themes and words: descriptions of sin (Genesis 3:6â€“8; compare with Genesis 4:8), curses from the â€™adamah, â€śgroundâ€ť (Genesis 3:17; compare with Genesis 4:11), and expulsion (Genesis 3:24; compare with Genesis 4:12, 16).
The reason for these parallels is to highlight the fulfillment of what went on before, the prophecies and predictions that God had given to Adam and Eve after the Fall. The first event after Adamâ€™s expulsion is full of hope; it is the birth of the first son, an event that Eve sees as the fulfillment of the promise that she heard in the Messianic prophecy (Genesis 3:15). That is, she thought he could be the promised Messiah.
The next eventsâ€”the crime of Cain, the crime of Lamech, the decreasing life span, and the increasing wickednessâ€”are all fulfillments of the curse uttered in Genesis 3.
Yet, even then, all hope is not lost.
Panel: L McDonald, B Brown, M Larman, C Ferguson and friends
Hosted by: Lorraine McDonald
Aired: Saturday 16 April 2022 9am-11am