Many people have had this thought of where Cain got his wife from after he ran to the land of Nod or was there another creation of God over there? Well, this is the story of Cain:
The pinnacle of earthly bliss was reached when Adam and Eve witnessed the birth of their 1st children, a set of twins. Adam was a devoted father and Eve a contented mother. The twins were Cain (Qabil) and his sister. Later Eve gave birth to a second set of twins, Abel (Habil) and his sister. The family enjoyed the bounties and fruits of the earth provided by their Lord. The children grew up to be strong and healthy young adults. Cain tilled the land while Abel raised cattle.
The time arrived for the two young men to desire their life partners. This was part of God’s plan for mankind, to multiply and form nations with different cultures and colours. God revealed to Adam that he should marry each son to the twin sister of the other. Adam instructed his children according to God’s command, but Cain was not pleased with the partner chosen for him, for Abel’s twin sister was not as beautiful as his own.
It appears that since the beginning of time, physical beauty has been a factor in the attraction between men and women. This attraction caused Cain to envy his brother Abel. He rebelled against God’s command by refusing to accept his father’s advice.
At first glance, Cain’s rebellion might appear strange, but we should remember that although man has a pure nature, the potential for dichotomy exists. In other words, he had both good and bad qualities. He can become greedy, covetous, possessive, selfish and even destructive. Man is, therefore capable of seeking self-satisfaction even if it leads to failure in this life and in the hereafter. The path to goodness lies in harnessing the enemy within him, his baser self by controlling evil thoughts and deeds and practising moderation in his desires and actions. His reward then will be the delights of this world and the hereafter. Thus God tests us through our divided nature.
Adam was in a dilemma. He wanted peace and harmony in his family, so he invoked God for help. God commanded that each son offer a sacrifice, and he whose offering was accepted would have right on his side. Abel offered his best camel while Cain offered his worst grain. His sacrifice was not accepted by God because of his disobedience to his father and the insincerity in his offering.
This enraged Cain even further. Realizing that his hopes of marrying his own beautiful sister were fading, he threatened his brother. “I will kill you! I refuse to see you happy while I remain unhappy!”
Abel feeling sorry for his brother, replied, “It would be more proper for you, my brother to search for the cause of your unhappiness and then walk in the way of peace. God accepts the deeds only from those who serve and fear Him, not from those who reject His Commands.”
Abel was intelligent, obedient, and always ready to obey the will of God. This contrasted sharply with his brother who was arrogant, selfish and disobedient to his Lord. Abel did not fear his brother’s threats, but neither did he want his brother to be hurt.
Abel said to his brother, “you are deviating from the right path and are sinful in your decisions. It is better that you repent to God and forget about your foolish threat. But if you do not then I will leave the matter in the hands of God. You alone will bear the consequence of your sin, for the Fire is the reward of the evil-doers.”
This brotherly plea did nothing to lessen the hatred in Cain’s heart, nor did he show fear of God’s punishment. Cain struck his brother with a stone killing him instantly. This was the 1st criminal act committed by man on earth which resulted in the first death.
When Abel had not appeared for some time, Adam began to search for him but found no trace of his beloved son. He asked Cain about Abel’s whereabouts. Cain insolently replied that he was not his brother’s keeper nor his protector. From these words, his father understood that Abel was dead and Adam was filled with grief.
Meanwhile, Cain did not know what to do with his brother’s corpse. After his anger had subsided and his conscience was saddled with guilt, he carried it on his back wandering from place to place trying to hide it. As a mercy, and to show that dignity could be retained even in death, God sent two ravens that began fighting, which result in the death of one.
The victorious bird used its beak and claws to dig a hole in the ground and rolled the dead one into it and covered it with sand.
Witnessing this, Cain was overcome with shame and remorse. “Woe unto me!” he exclaimed. “I had no clue to do what this raven has done, that is to hide my brother’s corpse.” Cain then buried his brother.
Kain was ashamed of his actions so he took away his twin sister and ran to a far Land of Nod where they settled, bore children and start up their own family.