Cain & Able (Genesis
Sons of Adam & Eve. Cain (the oldest) was a farmer whereas Able was a rancher (he raised livestock). Cain offered the Lord some of the fruits of the soil, whereas Able brought fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The Lord favored Able’s offering, but not Cain’s. The Lord said, “If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it.” This angered Cain and instead of mastering sin, he added to it by killing his brother Able. You can read how the Lord dealt with Cain in a harsh but compassionate manner.
From Adam to Noah
(Genesis chapter 5)
See the Adam to Abraham time line. (A PDF file.)
“Then the Lord said, ‘My Spirit will not contend with man forever, for he is mortal; his days will be a hundred and twenty years.’” (Genesis 6:3) Note how it took several centuries before this prophecy was fulfilled! A day to God is like a thousand years to human kind...