The Lord’s invitation, “Come, let us reason together,” implies that we are to reason with Him, inside these lines which He has erected for our preservation from error, and not that we should abandon His Word to reason for ourselves.
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Man was created with an inherent and intimate connection with the land. Our connection to the ground is probably more intimate than most people would like to admit.
Evidently, Cain was pleased with his offering to the Lord because it was a result of his own labors, and he was probably a good farmer. Now the curse hit him where he felt it most—in his vocation. From henceforth, Cain would be a bedouin or a vagabond, taking of that which grew of itself or taking from another man’s labors. Nomads picked dates when they were ripe, etc., and just wandered, living from hand to mouth with no harvesting and storage.
Notice that Cain put being excluded from God’s “face” (that is, from His presence) second, not first, as it should have been. Instead Cain first mentioned being driven out from “the face of the earth.” No doubt Cain had a big farm, and having to leave his “earth,” his possessions, his home, was his first concern. He felt that loss very keenly. And then he realized a third thing: that his rejection would follow him into succeeding generations as men would begin to multiply. Cain felt this burden was too much. The statement “My punishment is greater than I can bear” brings in all three aspects of what Cain felt was his punishment: (1) being excluded from his home and property, (2) being excluded from God’s favor, and (3) fear of what others would do to him (that they would “slay” him).
Adam is sometimes called the “father of the human race,” for all branches of the human family can be traced back to him. All have root in that one common stock. Not only was he created perfect, but he had dominion over the lower creation and sheltered them—just as in Daniel 4 the birds were on the branches of the tree and the beasts rested in its shade in comfort and serenity. The tree grew and was strong; its prominence could be seen from afar.
According to our chronology, the small Garden of Eden flourished for only two years before sin entered. In Daniel 4:13,14 a watcher, a holy one, came down from heaven and made a loud proclamation: “Hew down the tree,” etc. That “watcher” was the Logos. As a result, the tree was hewn down, the branches were cut off, the leaves were shaken off, and the fruit was scattered—all suggesting a forceful dispersion. And what happened in Genesis when Adam disobeyed? He and Eve were expelled from the Garden. Two cherubim with a flaming sword were stationed at the entrance to prohibit Adam and Eve from returning lest they eat of the tree of life and live forever (Gen. 3:24). Adam’s previous condition of dominion and lordship ceased, affecting the animal creation as well and even the earth, for he would henceforth have to till the ground by the sweat of his brow to get food. Weeds and thorns grew.
Notice how in Daniel 4:13,17 the narrative changes from the “watcher” (singular) to “watchers” (plural). The purpose of the dispersion was to teach man a lesson: “This matter is … to the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men.” We would call this the permission of evil. Without this experience, man would forever have a desire for the unknown.
However, there is a time limitation for the permission of evil.
The suggestion is that earth’s development was perfectly timed. Christ died here, on this small planet. And although earth’s development occurred relatively late in the physical creation, yet as far as human creation is concerned, it is the beginning of creation.
God has been very active not only with the earth but also elsewhere. Then He stopped His physical work, and we are in an interim period until earth’s society is brought into complete harmony with the Lord.
The time setting of this verse is prior to the Seven Creative Days—long before. “Heaven” (singular) refers to the earth’s solar system. “Heavens” (plural) would be the entire physical universe including the earth. Psalm 115:16 distinguishes between “heavens” and “heaven,” that is, between the entire universe and our own solar system. “The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD’S: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.”
Verse 1 zeroes in on the earth, our solar system, which was created with the rest of the universe. No time period is given for this creating, but it took considerable time. Much later the First Creative Day began; it began 48,000+ years ago. Verse 1 can be paraphrased as follows: Before the ordering of the earth’s surface, this condition existed for ‘x’ amount of years.”