Genesis 4:8 Now Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go out to the field.” While they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him. 9 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” “I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?”
What began in the garden of all creation became a soap opera story of the loss of promise along with the privilege and perfection of that first couple. They both had the chance to stand face to face with God and admit what they’d done but Adam blamed Eve and Eve blamed the serpent. What they’d done just couldn’t be undone. There was blame with lasting consequences and inestimable loss.
That first fruit had taken root and reproduced itself in a deadly way in their second son. Cain murdered his brother Abel. Then he chose to disavow his guilt with the same technique the serpent had used to defy God and deceive his parents…deflection…the fruit of deceit. The simple use of one question to deflect another – “Am I my brother’s keeper?” The fruit of deceit would be the identifying mark on Cain for the rest of his life. That identifying mark has lasted and the soap opera continues.
We are living in the next episode. Life is our test of how we deal with real lies and real guilt in real lives. We are the broken descendants of that first family but we do not have to be marked by that rotten fruit. We can choose to be “filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.” [Philippians 1:11 NIV]