The garden of Eden was a paradise for the human family. It is spoken of as a type of heaven. All of the blessings of God that one could imagine were at arm’s reach and there was NO sin. But, that changed. Satan, in the form of a serpent came to Eve and through a process of temptation and lying caused her to eat of the “forbidden” fruit. She passed it on to Adam; he ate some of it and their innocence was shattered.
God drove Adam and Eve from the beautiful garden that He had prepared for them and pronounced three curses and hinted of a future cure for sin. “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head and you shall bruise His heel.” Looking forward, we can see that this came to pass when Satan figuratively bruised the heel of Jesus as He was crucified on the cross. Jesus figuratively bruised the head of Satan as He triumphantly arose to life from the tomb.
The serpent was sentenced to spend his existence crawling along the ground upon his belly. Woman was cursed with the pain of childbirth and charged to be in subjection to her husband. The ground was cursed to produce thorns and thistles and man was charged to earn his living by the sweat of his brow.
Many of the details of the early population of the earth are not known. At some point in time Cain, the first recorded child was born to Adam and Eve. Afterward, his brother Abel came into the world. We don’t know how many other people had been born at this time, nor do we know how long after the creation these two boys were born.
After a period of time, Cain and Abel brought offerings to present to God. Cain brought from the fruit of the ground (probably some type of grain) and Abel offered from the firstborn of his flock. God received the offering of Abel, but rejected Cain’s offering.
A casual observer could think that God was unfair in His dealings with the two brothers. Cain’s offering was probably from the best of his harvest and it was rejected. Why was his sacrifice not pleasing to God?
God has always had a pattern for man to worship Him. The writer of Genesis had not recorded the plan that was in effect at that time. We learn from later writings, that faith comes by hearing God’s word and that Abel offered his sacrifice by faith. We must infer from this that God had indeed commanded an animal offering of the firstborn of his flock.
Jealousy caused Cain to murder his brother, Abel. After being confronted by God, Cain’s punishment caused him to become a fugitive and vagabond. However, he did marry and become the father of at least one son, Enoch.
As God’s plan for redeeming man began to form, only the important genealogies were recorded. Among the other children of Adam and Eve, Seth was born. It would be through his descendants that Jesus would be born thousands of years later.