By Pastor Okokon Ating
Last review…. “And Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and Bare Cain and said I have gotten a man from the Lord, And she again bares his brother Abel. And Abel was a Keeper of sheep, But Cain was a tiller of the ground (KJV).
Cain and Abel were the pro-ducts of the marriage from Adam and Eve. Their birth was interesting but one of them had satanic inclinat-ions embedded in him. People may imagine why should Cain kill his brother Abel who did not offend him?
Looking initially into the spiritual realm of the scenario in the story, it is very pertinent to diagnose that it was satanic tendency to thwart the godly linage which came with pro-gress, peace and tranquility of the generations to come in order to complement the fall-en state of Adam before God almighty.
In Genesis 4:25-26 the Bible says: “And Adam knew his wife again, and she bare a son, And called his name Seth: for God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel whom Cain slew. And to Seth, to him also there was born a son, and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the Lord.” (KJV)
The meaning of Seth is “set or appointed”, this is be-cause they saw in him the God-appointed “seed” through whom the promise of God was to be fulfilled (Genesis 3:15). It was indeed through the line of Seth that Christ came (Luke 3:38) Seth had a son named Enos and it is known that it was at Enos’s time that people began to call upon the name of the Lord. I see his birth being connected with the awakening of reverence to God or godly fear.
Seth and Enos were the successors of righteous Abel. Seth and all of his descendants really portrayed God-fearing group of people-custodians of the covenant relationship with God.
The above narrative should be of great lesion to us, that every godly marriage really needs carefulness and pray-ers so that Satan will not po-llute the seed of the marria-ge.
As I noted earlier, Satan assesses every future of God’s people and knows where and when a child who will bring prosperity, growth, favor and God’s presence together with his glory will be born in a family. When you look at some of the families that are being troubled and toppled by Satan critically, there is a very good future which those families could have attained but through the founding parents’ ignorance of a good future to come, they allow Satan to gain entrance and destroy it for them. In a typical African setting, all the troubles of life are attributed to witches and wizards. Yes it may be, but are witches/wizards not the agents of Satan?
Are they not sent to disturb and carry out evil activities against godly people with good futu-re in the world? There are some families which Satan, through his agents, had succeeded in killing all the children in the family so that there would be nobody left to represent the future gen-eration of the family in this world. Who knows whether some were made to be past-ors, engineers, doctors, acc-ountants, teachers, govern-ors, national presidents, etc. I heard a very sad story re-cently that during a wedding ceremony of a particular couple, a friend donated a rubber toy to the couple, well wrapped with ‘concoction’ inside.
This couple could not give birth to any child for many years until the present was discovered through prayers and destroyed before they could give birth to children. The question is, ‘why that friend did exhibit such a wicked act? What was his/her aim against the innocent couple? All these point to the fact that Satan must have seen the future of this couple becoming greater than his imaginations, which was the reason he engineered the friend to poison the gift for the upcoming family.
Any couple, who wants to have a prosperous future generation, should see prayers as very needful in order to keep their home. It is one thing to marry but another thing for a couple to withstand the challenges facing their marriage. This is where it is good for marr-ied persons to have godly counselors behind their marriages in case there occurs some unknown sit-uation beyond their control.
Apart from having a coun-selor, the couple should have an experienced mentor who had gone through such burdens of life in his/her marriage.
I dare say seriously here that being ignorant in everything is the most wicked and speedy killer in the world.
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