Footsteps to Follow: Our God is a Second-Chance God

It is a pleasure to share some thoughts about God’s promises with you today. Let’s examine Genesis 5:1-5 with the emphasis on verse 3: “And Adam lived a hundred and thirty years, and begat a son [Seth] in his own likeness” (KJV).

One could ask what happened to Cain and Abel in Genesis 4. Why weren’t they mentioned before Seth? Well, let’s take a look.

In the Garden of Eden, God promised Eve that He would give her a “seed” that would “bruise” the head of the serpent that caused her to sin (Genesis 3:15). Adam and Eve’s disobedience caused a punishment from God. They produced two children named Cain and Abel who appear in Genesis 4. Their conflict begins in the fifth verse.

By Genesis 5, Adam and Eve were evicted from their home, and both Cain and Abel were gone. Cain accused God of favoring Abel. God’s instructions for Cain and Abel were that they bring Him their first fruits. Cain was a tiller of the ground, and Abel attended to the flocks.

Jealousy, envy, anger and discontent plagued these brothers; although, Abel tried to do right by God. These two brothers were in a fight that ended in the first murder. As with Adam and Eve, Cain’s sin caused a punishment from God.

We see that this family had serious problems. Their issues can act as a template in our own lives. It is good to know that God promises to pick us up and help us when we face problems. One of the most interesting aspects of God is that He may promise us help, but He doesn’t necessarily tell us how He is going to do it.

After Abel died, Eve’s pain as a mother was great and depression may have set in. She thought that one of her two children was the seed to bruise the serpent, but it turned out to be neither son. Did she believe that God lied to her?

When we engage in these same types of feelings and emotions, similar circumstances will prevail. We may doubt God’s promises. My mentor and his wife once shared with me that the grace of God will never take you where the grace of God won’t keep you.

They also said to keep your eye on the prize (the Trinity) and never compromise. Adam and Eve took their eyes off God. Cain and Abel were dysfunctional as well. The first two generations were not okay because of sin.

The Gospel of John states, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (1). The Word is so important to us, and it is God’s paradigm for us to use in our lives. Another important verse in this story is Genesis 4:25: “And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew” (KJV). God kept his promise.

Adam and Eve finally got it right with Seth because though Seth’s bloodline God’s promise is fulfilled. Forty-two generations later, Seth’s lineage produced Jesus, our Lord and Savior.

John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (KJV).

Yes, our God is truly a God who keeps his promises and gives second chances.