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In a related article, Truth about Cain & Abel: First Family, expresses the idea that Adam and Eve produced children before the births of Cain and Abel. Such an introduction would answer questions about possible future wives of other named children of the first parents. The following words will consider why Cain and Able are important enough for Moses to mention in his record. One reason stares logic in the face: Able was the first victim of fratricide. A second reason is: Cain first was to commit such a murder. There are others to consider--reasons, that is.
Adam and Eve Taught the Gospel
Adam and Eve instructed their children the gospel, but apparently, the serpent in the garden, Satan, was not finished seeking to destroy Adam and Eve. Since he could not tempt them away from God to worship him, he did so with the other humans. Satan planned to destroy their posterity, thus interfering with a righteous legacy and frustrating God's purpose of mankind.
The First Falling Away
God revealed himself anew to Adam and Eve as they called upon Him and offered sacrifice to Him in the Land of Eden in Adam-ondi-Ahman. Moses 5:12-13 records that
Adam and Eve blessed the name of God, and they made all things known unto their sons and their daughters. And Satan came among them, saying: I am also a son of God; and he commanded them, saying: Believe it not; and they believed it not, and they loved Satan more than God. And men began from that time forth to be carnal, sensual, and devilish.
The scriptures do not indicate the form Satan took when he went among the sons and daughters of Adam and Eve, but it is suggested that those children recognized something of mystic power and believed the report.
As with most of Satan's teachings, he mingles the truth with lies to gain acolytes. It is true that Satan is a son of God--all are sons or daughters of God! He then told the children of Adam and Eve not to believe what their father and mother taught--and they listened!
This constitutes the first apostasy recorded. Generations of the children of the first humans disregarded God and honored Satan because of the ease of his teachings.
Adam and Eve at the Alter offering prayer to God
Cain the Birthright Child
Adam and Eve grieved because of the wickedness of most of their posterity. Adam, a righteous holder of the priesthood of God did not have any person he could share the responsibility of the priestly function of sacrifice.
Modern-day revelation reveals that Adam and Eve were the first Saints of God or Christians. They believed in Jesus Christ's coming and offered sacrifices in the similitude of His future sacrifice as a function of pre-Atonement Christianity.
The law of Moses with its many prescriptions would not come until hundreds of years later because the people needed a schoolmaster to unlearn 400 years of slavery in Egypt. What did the first prophet, Adam teach? He taught of the second Adam, Jesus.
Moses 5:14-15 reveals:
And the Lord God called upon men by the Holy Ghost everywhere and commanded them that they should repent; and as many as believed in the Son, and repented of their sins, should be saved; and as many as believed not and repented not, should be damned; and the words went forth out of the mouth of God in a firm decree; wherefore they must be fulfilled.
God made sure that the gospel of salvation was made known to the children of Adam and Eve. He offered them the hope from the fall of their mortal father but they believed it not!
Why did they not believe Adam but believed Satan more? Did some not believe Adam and Eve were the first people as do many preach now? Did some wander off searching for others not of Adam and Eve becoming lost to the original family--iving like cavemen because of it?
What Moses records is that Adam's children did not hearken and it grieved Adam and Eve. When Eve knew she was with child again, she and Adam rejoiced because they had new hope. Moses 5:16 reads that "Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bare Cain, and said: I have gotten a man from the Lord; wherefore he may not reject his words," This was an answered prayer to the couple when considering the unbelief of their children thus far.
Adam and Eve with Cain and Abel
Who is the Lord that I should know him?
Adam and Eve invested in Cain as the savior of the human family. "Adam blessed God and was filled, and began to prophesy concerning all the families of the earth, saying: Blessed be the name of God, for because of my transgression my eyes are opened, and in this life I shall have joy, and again in the flesh I shall see God," Moses 5:10.
Adam raised Cain carefully and gave him the birthright to the priesthood and called him into the ministry--entrusting him with all the sacred responsibility. After such a long drought with his other children accepting the gospel teachings,
Adam was happy to share these things with his new son. Cain went among his brothers and sisters only to convert to the beliefs of his elder siblings' thinking rather than bring the Gospel light to them. This turn of events after so much hope caused "Adam and his wife [to mourn] before the Lord, because of Cain and his brethren," Moses 5:27.
Cain, a holder of the priesthood, which is a significant fact to consider, an administrator of the gospel ordinances and a prophet to the people rejected his birthright from Adam. Cain became arguably the first fallen prophet.
Cain had the gall to say, "Who is the Lord that I should know him," Moses 5:16?
Biblically, to know someone describes intimate acts associated with relations between husband and wife. The act of knowing translates into becoming so familiar with another person forming a sacred trust never meant to break. The first couple recommitted to God after leaving Eden's Garden hoping to persuade their offspring to make the same covenants.
Cain was to know God by speaking with Him and developing a sacred relationship of trust. He stood well on his way to doing so being that he could communicate with God at one point as Moses records Cain having several conversations with the Creator of humanity. Cain let his parents know he did not see the importance of so doing.
Crushed that the birthright son followed the path of all his other sons before him, Adam took comfort in his wife and they conceived and produce Abel, the next birthright son who held all their hopes to continue a righteous branch of humanity that honored God in the manner they instructed..
What Comes Next
The next installment, Truth About Cain & Abel: Authority of God, focuses on the relationship between Cain and Abel regarding the right to act for the Lord and in relation to Adam who stood as the head of the human family. What led to the downfall of the chosen son, Cain? There was more than the prophetic mantle at stake, but the succession of government.
© 2018 Rodric Anthony