Raisin’ Cain, hands, and talkin dirt

Oh the things the dirt beneath our feet has seen: the endless books that could be written, the eyewitness accounts of everything done in secret, looked upon with suspicion by the eyes below, and fortunately, countless other things smiled upon as well.

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The eviction notice from that grand estate known as Eden, the foothills of Sinai, the ground that was guest to both the lion as well as Daniel, the dirt that showed no more favor toward that wicked Haman, than that good man Mordecai; the ground that was base for the towering Babel or the pyramids, and the dirt that was receptive for the donkey as it carried the Messiah was equally immune to the treachery of the king who ordered the killing of the innocents.

The dirt beneath our feet is always so demure, silent, inoffensive, magnificent, and is slow to cast aside as useless everybody and everything which rails against it, yet it yields; it provides food, shelter, and it keeps man ‘grounded.’  The dirt is in fact, perfect in every conceivable way.

But man trods the ground as if it is our doormat, stampeding our causes while crushing the origin of life from our very nature, as if WE own the title-deed to the real estate of clay and dirt known as earth. Yes the dirt, the dust, the ground of the earth bear witness to the deeds of men, and has every right to spew out they who despise the very ground that we all call home.

But is it fair to say we despise it if we unknowingly walk as trespassers? Key word there, unknowingly. We take heed to the pins that mark our turf, but ignore the One who gave us iron for the pins, and the dirt for ‘our’ apples.

What band of new age techies, what collective group of so-called brilliant scientists, or what copyright office can take credit for ‘naming’ this place we live and move and have our being in called earth? Who decided to call the carpet of dirt earth? When did men agree that yes, in every tongue, ‘earth’ was a fine name for the ‘thing’ under our feet.

Oh wait, perhaps there was a committee. A round table of suggestions after polls were taken. What shall we call this place……….? interpret the languages of the world, and however it is translated, it is still terra firma.

That’s right, every mouth is stopped, for the Creator alone has naming rights for this place known as earth, and apart from God, men are but trespassers on another man’s property.

That which composes the structure of man (the dust of the ground) recognized life gone sideways, and not just a death, but a violent one, and the first would be father to so many more.

Is it any surprise that so many learn, practice, teach, and perfect the ways of Cain?

To have such rebellion residing in the heart to actually snuff the life from a brother, and mind you, for reasons that concerned righteousness, one should most certainly inquire: where did this idea spring from? Abel was not put to life’s end because he was a misfit and had caused misery to others or was somehow worthy of such a death, no, he was murdered for no other reason than the sin conquering spirit of Cain.

The hidden rage of the human heart in all its darkening glory was revealed clearly through the brother of Abel. Today, people are more polite and through refinement of manners and feigned principle, have managed to keep the murdering spirit at bay, but this does not mean the intent of Cain is not still alive and kickin.

There are many criminals roaming the earth who simply have not been caught. The iron bars do not determine the crime, for the vice of man abides in many a free man.  Jail simply magnifies the obvious.

Cain acted according to his rules of morality and his pretended way of spirituality; he did what was right in his eyes, it was right for HIM to slay his brother, as if he was accountable to no one.  Yep, Cain was the inventor of ‘that way,’ so the earth cried out. And the earth has been crying out ever since.

But after all, and then again, dirt does talk, coming through the voice of man. Did you ever consider why so many farmers are believers? They understand the voice of the earth, as sanctified dirt is a great teacher.  The times, the seasons, life, birth, death, labor, sweat, beauty, sweat, promise, rain, sowing, harvest, sweat, lambs, wolves,  cattle, weeds, flowers, corn, crops, yoking, famine, hunger, sacrifice, blessing, sweat, faith, grass, tares, wheat,  all speak to the glory of God and His lights and perfections.

Studying the hands of Mr and Mrs. farmer, they display a savor of life, so unlike the hands of the mischievous.  Cain used his hands to fulfill that which abode in his heart, and heard: ‘the voice of thy brothers blood crieth UNTO ME from the ground………….’

For goodness sake, we should pay attention to Cain’s way, but heck, the Creator is a given.

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29 Responses to Raisin’ Cain, hands, and talkin dirt

  1. mike and brandy says:

    cain was actually a farmer who brought to God the best of his crop. the first farmer referred to in the bible. coming from the Midwest myself, central Kansas if you please, I recognize with you that the book of genesis calls cain first a believer in God. so much so that he brought the best of what he had to offer to God. and was rejected.
    by way of ‘feeling’, I’ve been there myself. I’m sure anyone who has served God and Jesus in vocational or even avocational work has. maybe even you from time to time.
    cain’s murder of abel had more to do with a jealousy in that abel’s offering was rejected than it did with somehow rebellion smoldering or bubbling in his rebellious heart that just burst out into action when pushed over the edge.
    and his jealousy of abel for God’s acceptance of his gift vs God’s rejection of cain’s stems from an unexpressed (in scripture anyways) reason for God’s rejection.
    I was always taught that it was precisely ‘because’ he was a farmer offering the works of his own hands… rather than abel’s offering of God’s work, the lamb. that sufficed for me, for awhile.
    but I wonder now, what would you say was the true reason God rejected Cain’s offering? I look forward to the answer.
    -mike

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    • archaeopteryx1 says:

      Actually, this, according to the Bible, was during a time before Humans were allowed to eat meat, so following the Bible’s instruction, it should have been Able’s offering that was rejected, as Cain was doing exactly as he was instructed, while Able was not.

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      • ColorStorm says:

        This coming from a person who believes not one word of scripture.

        Yea, a credible observation, sure, maybe you could convince your ‘dogs’ who understand English………………..

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      • sage_brush says:

        The sacrifice had nothing to do with eating. It was the blood of the innocent animal being shed for the sins of men. The sacrificial system began with the animal (most scholars agree that it was a lamb) killed in the Garden by God Himself, (Gen. 3:21) to “cover” the sin of Adam and Eve, who had attempted to cover their sin with “fig leaves,” and had continued until Christ. We know it as “the scarlet thread of redemption.”

        The fig leaves represent man’s best effort to cover their sin – while the blood of the lamb represents the ONLY way to cover sin.

        Cain was doing exactly opposite of what was expected. It was understood from the very beginning, that only blood sacrifice could expunge mankind’s sin. Noah, after leaving the Ark, immediately built an altar and offered sacrifice, one of the animals carried on the Ark.

        http://thevinevigil.com/2013/11/16/bible-study-cain-and-abel/

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    • sage_brush says:

      Hi Mike and Brandy – Cain’s offering was rejected because he brought what HE wanted to bring, not what God required. The expunging of sins through blood was known since the Garden, and it continued till Christ’s perfect offering once for all. It is the same today – where lost souls attempt to “clean up their act,” or do “works of righteousness,” to achieve salvation, thereby choosing for themselves what they will offer. Salvation is a Person now – not an offering, because He made the offering once for all.

      “without shedding of blood there is no remission. . .” http://biblehub.com/kjv/hebrews/9.htm

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      • mike and brandy says:

        He was never told what to bring. Not in the scripture before he brought it.

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        • ColorStorm says:

          Uh apparently, Cain was in fact instructed, the same way as his brother. Am I sure?

          ‘And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:’

          It’s pretty clear. The narrative is either believed or not. There is nothing to argue.

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        • mike and brandy says:

          It just says they brought what they brought, and God rejected. Not a word of instruction prior. No argument. The word does indeed say what it says and doesn’t say what it doesnt.

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        • ColorStorm says:

          Now that would be quite a charge, to indict God for being negligent as to what little He asks of man.

          You have no case.

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        • Wally Fry says:

          I’m gonna go read Jude real quick feel the need for some reason

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        • Citizen Tom says:

          @Mike

          When I was a child, the story of Cain and Abel mystified me. Why was God upset with Cain’s sacrifice. Then I did not know that when we read the Bible, we have to read the Bible as the people who first heard it would have understood it. I did not learn that until I was in my fifties.

          Imagine you were there when Moses and Joshua first read the first five books of the Bible to the Hebrews. Do you think those people had to be told what Cain had done wrong? They knew because their priests made sacrifices to God.

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    • ColorStorm says:

      You have made my point. He brought the fruit of HIS hands. Is this answer not good enough for you? Apparently the book of Jude agrees, and you want to know the ‘true reason…………?’ Er, it is not vague, but rather clear..

      –For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous.– (as the post here spells out, here it is for you on a platter, repeated:

      To have such rebellion residing in the heart to actually snuff the life from a brother, and mind you, for reasons that concerned RIGHTEOUSNESS, one should most certainly inquire: where did this idea spring from? Abel was not put to life’s end because he was a misfit and had caused misery to others or was somehow worthy of such a death, no, he was murdered for no other reason than the sin conquering spirit of Cain.

      Btw, you may want to read the book of Jude before you reply some time later. Have you ever slayed your brother?

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    • Is that you Mike, arguing with yet another Christian blogger?

      How does this glorify Christ?

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  2. Well said, Colorstorm. I love how you have managed to pay tribute to dirt and to the One who created it. Today we are attempting to grow things outside the confines of dirt and discovering some really fascinating things. Soil has a lot of nutrients that go into our bodies and nourish us. We can grow plants without dirt, but in the process we learn precisely why the dirt is so important. For example, I live near the sea, so our soil should be rich in iodine. It is not however, because all the rain just washes it away. Iodine is such a critical nutrient for people’s health, that our gov actually insists it be put in our salt out of fear we won’t get enough. It gives a whole new meaning to “salt of the earth.”

    Wise words here too, “He brought the fruit of HIS hands.” That is what I also see.

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    • ColorStorm says:

      tkx ib22;

      Yes, I like dirt, but your ‘salt of the earth………’ Abel was probably salt to his brother, and that rubbed him the wrong way….there’s also the introduction of that great teaching of faith and works, as to how we approach God, and the rest of scripture confirms it.

      We learn elsewhere that Abel was righteous, and I’m guessing that spiritual warfare got the best of Cain; murder is a pretty good clue, and probably should be addressed more fully another time.

      I remember the old school bottle of iodine for medicine and wounds, is that still used? But oh the seed plot of Genesis 😉

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  3. archaeopteryx1 says:

    I’m curious, CS, do you take any kind of drugs before you sit down to write? Your odd phraseology would rather imply that you do.

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  4. Wally Fry says:

    Some things never change do they ColorStorm? Wanting it our way started our whole dilemma if I recall correctly…the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. Wanting it our way is our entire problem, in a nutshell.

    The sacrifice of Cain? Not sure why some say he was never told what was suitable to God and what was not, it’s absence doesn’t mean it never happened. But, hey, lets’ say he didn’t know before hand, he sure knew when he gave it. Still didn’t stop him from getting angry about it, now did it? So, the end result was the same. God said: do it this way. Cain said: nah..my way is better. Step back, God, I got this.

    It’s the same today. God gives us grace, and we throw it back in His face by thinking we have to add to it. As if God is not up to saving us without some help. Step back, God, we got this. That whole sacrifice of your Son was nifty and dramatic and all that, but let us finish this up for you. See what I did God?

    Jude? Yessir..that’s worth a read fairly often. The need for those reminders seems to be escalating.

    Final note, a question. How do all these guys know what God said to Cain and Abel anyway? Odd to say the least.

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    • ColorStorm says:

      Yea, but what’s more crazy Wally is people arguing about brothers who they say never existed,

      Now that is a dilemma that is beyond bizarro.

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      • archaeopteryx1 says:

        Why of course they existed, CS – along with Paul Bunyon, John Henry, Pecos Bill, the Jolly Green Giant, unicorns, fairies, leprechauns, I could go on —

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        • ColorStorm says:

          @archx

          Of the nine comments sent within the past hour by you, this is WHY certain people are on a leash.

          To answer your antics is to give your charges credibility. No thank you. And be sure to run to your friends homes to complain.

          And btw, its a great opportunity for you to apologize for your false accusations as to ‘liking’ comments, which you have admitted on other sites.

          Others may be impressed if you were inclined to admit there were no dark purposes by this blogger.

          And under the circumstances, the grace of God has been shown to you.

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  5. atimetoshare says:

    Wow! What a great post and to think, the dirt you speak of also yielded man in the first place.

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  6. Tricia says:

    What a great post and perfect to ponder as we celebrate our nation’s independence from tyranny and the triumph of the dignity of the individual over the oppression of the collective. So many good nuggets in there CS that I can’t quote them all without reciting the entire post.

    The foundation God put below our feet, mere piles of dirt to some, are there for to straighten our crooked paths towards living purely and in absolute freedom in Him.

    Happy Independence Day my friend, God bless!

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  7. ColorStorm says:

    I’m tellin ya, the comments are better than the post; paragraph 2 there. Nice.

    Tkx for the blessing and I’ll raise you one 😉

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