Genesis 16:4 And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.
The very first murder in history is recorded in Genesis chapter four. The taking of a life is a tragedy, but it is even more tragic that it was between brothers. Cain was the first born of Adam and Eve and Abel was the youngest of the two. The choices of Adam and Eve found their consequences in Cain and Abel. Adam and Eve disobeyed the Word of God(Gen. 3) and in just a few short years their choices produced the first murderer. Cain slew his brother over Abel’s offering being accepted and his own offering being rejected. God didn’t respect Cain’s offering due to the fact that his offering came from cursed ground (Gen. 4:3). Abel’s sacrifice was accepted because he brought it from his own flock (Gen. 4:4).
Choosing to Leave
After God had given Cain the consequences of killing his brother, Cain left the presence of God (Gen. 4:8-16). Cain went out and he never came back. Cain had no use for the things of God. Cain had no regard for the offerings God required and had no regard for God’s presence. How tragic! How many today have little care for the commands of God and His presence? I’ve personally seen people grow up in the presence of God in a redeemed home only to leave it and never come back. Their choices and decisions are the root of their leaving. God had not done something wrong to Cain. It was Cain who chose not to bring the correct offering. And it was Cain’s jealousy that drove him to kill his own brother. Cain could in no way blame God for his choices. But the most disastrous decision Cain made was to leave the very presence which could have forgiven him, healed him and redeemed him. Instead Cain went out from the presence of God. It is in God’s presence that we find joy and pleasures forevermore (Ps. 16:11) and that is what Cain chose to leave. The only place you will find true joy is in the presence of the LORD.