LISTEN: What Happened to Adam? / Where Did Cain Get his Wife? (The Covenant & the Cross #41 with Daniel Whyte III)

Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

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This podcast is designed to help you better understand the Word of God — both the Old and New Testaments. The Old Testament is the story of the Covenant which God made with His chosen people Israel. And the New Testament is the story of the Cross which signifies the fulfillment of the Old Covenant with Israel and the formation of a New Covenant with redeemed people from many nations.

We always like to start out with the Word of God, and today’s passage of Scripture is Genesis 4:25-26 which reads: “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.”

Allow me to share with you some further commentary on this passage from the Reformation Study Bible by Dr. R.C. Sproul:

This episode provides a transition between the two accounts begun in Genesis 2:4 and Genesis 5:1 Seth’s name, derived from the Hebrew verb translated “appointed”, expresses Eve’s faith that God would continue the covenant family in spite of death. When the descendants of Adam begin to call upon the name of the Lord, we see the covenant family glorifying God, not man.

Today’s quote about the Bible is from James I. Packer. He said: “One of the many divine qualities of the Bible is that it does not yield its secrets to the irreverent and the censorious.”

Our topic for today is titled: “What Happened to Adam?” from the book, “The Promise and the Blessing” by Dr. Michael A. Harbin.

At the end of Genesis 4, we reach the end of our first toledot passage, which related what happened to the heavens and the earth. While this section only covers three chapters of text, much has happened, and the world is in poor shape. It is at this point that the writer begins a new toledot section to tell us what happened to Adam. In the process, he gives us the line of Seth.

As we look at these genealogies, there is some question regarding how exhaustive they are. For example, by comparing Luke 3 with Genesis 11, we note that Luke includes a Cainan between Arphaxad and Shelah in the line of Shem. This gap in Genesis is no real problem, for the Hebrew terminology (“father,” “son,” “beget”) can include distant ancestors and descendants. Moreover, we usually assume that the son mentioned is the oldest and thus the heir, but there is strong evidence that this is not the case. For example, we know that Abraham was not the oldest of the three sons of Terah, yet he became the continuation of the line; the same is true of Abraham’s grandson, Jacob. Now Cain and Abel were certainly grown up (and at least Cain was married) before the murder of Abel. It is thus very likely that there were a number of other brothers and sisters between Abel and Seth who are not mentioned. Consequently, the people listed (with some exceptional additions) are those who provide the lineage of the Messiah (and in the short term for Abraham, the father of the nation of Israel).

Now, we are going to address a question that many Bible readers have asked: Where did Cain get his wife?

We read that Cain, after he “went out from the Lord’s presence… lay with his wife, and she became pregnant.” Because there is no indication of his getting married in exile, the text suggests that this was the wife he took with him. The question that naturally arises (very often as a challenge to the biblical record) is: where did Cain get his wife? Actually, we could ask the same question about Seth and all his brothers. If indeed Adam and Eve were the first man and woman and there were no others, then clearly their children would have to intermarry to provide a subsequent generation. While we find this idea somewhat abhorrent, there have been a number of cultures in which brothers and sisters of certain families married. One of the most notable was ancient Egypt, where sometimes a pharaoh would marry his sister to preserve the purity of the family heritage. From a biological perspective, the problem is that inbreeding enhances the chances that recessive genes would dominate and thus introduce harmful characteristics. In the case of Cain and his contemporaries, the gene pool would have been at a very early stage, when the genetic structure was at its purest. It is entirely likely that many of those recessive genes had not even developed yet.

Lord willing, we will continue looking at this topic in our next broadcast/podcast.

Let’s Pray —

Before we close, dear friend, I want to remind you that the most important thing you should know about the Bible is that it is the story of God working to save humanity from sin and the consequences of sin. He did this by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for our sins and take the punishment that we deserve on Himself. Romans 5:8 says, “God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, and you want to get to know Him today, all you have to do is believe “that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures” and you will be saved. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will.

Until next time, remember the word of God is the foundation to a successful life. God bless.

Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in twenty-three foreign countries. He is the author of thirty-four books. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts, The Prayer Motivator Devotional and the Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report and the Second Coming Watch Update. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, and a Master’s degree in Religion from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for twenty-five years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at www.danielwhyte3.com. Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3 or on Facebook.