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Were Adam and Eve the first human beings ever?
The fact that God had a special relationship with Adam and Eve does not mean they’re the only human beings ever created. The man created in Genesis 1:28-29 is not Adam and Eve whom we know was formed in Genesis 2:7-8, 21-25. When God made Adam, he formed him especially for his relationship and that Adam would take care of the garden. Understanding this is important and will help us solve this issue also of where Cain got his wife.
In Genesis 2:1-3, “Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.”
But then afterwards we hear God planted the garden of Eden and and he also formed Adam, “And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.” (Genesis 2:15). And later he made the woman as a help meet for him, and brought her unto the man, and the had a special relationship with God – that they would act as priests, giving names to animals and birds, and taking care of “the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.” (Genesis 2:15). Unfortunately they failed dismally on this and were driven out of the garden and here is how it happened;
Just like Delilah, “the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made.” (Genesis 3:1). Adam and Eve fell prey to the serpent’s skirmishes, the same way Samson did on Delilah’s. “You have mocked me again and told me more lies!” Delilah complained. “Now tell me how you can really be captured.” She nagged at him every day until he couldn’t stand it any longer and finally told her his secret. “My hair has never been cut,” he confessed, “for I’ve been a Nazirite to God since before my birth. If my hair were cut, my strength would leave me, and I would become as weak as anyone else.” Judges 16:13,16-17
From that day Adam and Eve were deceived, they became also as weak and were made to be like any other man. “Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.” Genesis 3:23-24
So they were driven out of Eden, not from the presence of God, and they had Cain and Abel. We know the story of how Cain killed his brother and how he mourned about his punishment. “And Cain said unto the Lord, My punishment is greater than I can bear. Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me.” (Genesis 4:13-14). Who was that ‘every one’ that’s being talked about who would be capable of slaying him, and where are they coming from? The only ones you can think of are those mentioned in Genesis 1:27-28, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”
So God created man in his own image and the man talked about here are human beings in general, those in the land of Nod. I said Adam and Eve were specially made, and were preferred among the humans for reasons of fellowshipping with God or worship, the same way priests and levites were separated specially for this task. The only difference Adam and Eve were formed.
Anyway Cain was further driven away, this time further away from the presence of God because of the nature of his sin. “And the Lord said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the Lord set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him. And Cain went out from the presence of the Lord, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.” (Genesis 4:15-16). From the Christian perspective, Nod is said to be outside of the presence or face of God, it symbolized the condition of all who forsake God or people God has not chosen.
But the land of Nod, on the east of Eden, real people like you and me lived there, and Nod was a tribesman. It is said Cain continued his wickedness in Nod: resorting to violence and robbery; establishing weights and measures; transforming human culture from innocence into craftiness and deceit; establishing property lines; and building a fortified city. And Lamech his grandson was the first to have two wives, and hear what he said, “...Adah and Zillah, Hear my voice; ye wives of Lamech, hearken unto my speech: for I have slain a man to my wounding, and a young man to my hurt. If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, truly Lamech seventy and sevenfold.” Genesis 4:23-24
So were Adam and Eve the first human beings ever created? The answer is no, but were the first of course to relate with the Lord God.
Now listen to this, Genesis 5:1-3, “This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him; Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created. And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth.”
‘This is the book of the generations of Adam’ but no mention of Cain, why? Because God is already in pursuit of a godly seed. Cain had joined the club of those there, but not worthy mentioning but are as good as dead.