Behind the Facade of Adam’s Seemingly Perfect Family

The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast.
— Genesis 4:4b-5, NIV.

From the surface of Biblical literature, it sure appears that it was The Lord who led Cain to commit that fateful act of murdering his own flesh and blood. I mean, doesn’t God know that His reaction to the offering will lead Cain to such anger? And, how did God even show Himself to Cain and Abel at the point of offering? But whatever the case, as how all family drama unfold, there is always something deeper to it.

There is a possibility of tension between Adam and Eve prior to the first ever record of murder in the Bible. This tension arises from before the eating of the forbidden fruit. Eve was created from Adam. Eve do not have the “breath of life” as Adam had. And this shows. She was lost in submission to Adam. Whatever Adam said, Eve submitted. But that struggle within her cannot hold her anymore. She knew she was but a substitute to her predecessor — Lilith [1]. She knew the story of Lilith through Samael, the archangel [2], and knew that there was nothing she could do to overcome it. She knew she will never be herself and she will never come out of the seemingly hopeless cycle of submission to the one whom she knew do not love her.


When God made Eve out of Adam, Adam looked at Eve and said to God: 

“This is now bone of my bones
    and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called ‘woman,’
    for she was taken out of man.”
— Genesis 2:23, NIV.

But his heart is no longer with her. He was confused. He’s given his heart and soul to the one who was made before her; the one who was formed by the same dust alongside him. Why didn’t the Lord return Lilith to him? Why did Lilith became who she became? Will Eve become like her too?

Like what he did to Lilith, he will demand dominance over Eve. And Eve submitted. Reluctantly.


Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”
The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”
“You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
— Genesis 3:1-5, NIV.

The serpent whom Samael rode on came to Eve [3]. He knew that Samael would never go against the orders of God. He saw all that unfolded and took pity on Eve. He knew that as long as Eve take a bite of that fateful fruit, she will be able to escape submission. Not quite from Adam though, but from God. And if she can choose not to submit to God, she can choose not to submit to the husband God gave her, too. You will be just like God, knowing good and evil. You decide who you want to submit to. You can decide also, to be yourself.

When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it.
— Genesis 3:6a, NIV.

Yes, don’t you feel something, yet? Eve?


The woman God made out of my very own body, betrayed me. She rose above me. Where’s my dignity? Where’s my glory? Tarnished by the woman whom You have made me. Now, she’s going for the ultimatum. She ate the fruit which the Lord told me not to eat. Didn’t I told her not to touch it too? Why then, did she rise above me? What is this? How can God ever do this to me? Why did God punish me by creating me? Putting me in a garden with a woman who do not want to submit to me? Now, Lilith ran away from me and God sent angels to kill my children? What logic is this?

I will rise above Him. I want to lay my own rules. Never will I submit to Him anymore. I will eat the fruit.

Eve looked at the serpent and then glanced at Adam. Lost in thoughts, Adam pointed at the fruit in Eve’s hands. 

She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.
— Genesis 3:6b, NIV.


To the woman He said, “I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labor you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.”
— Genesis 3:16, NIV.

Why must my desire be for my husband? Why must he rule over me? Why can’t I be like Lilith who ran away from Adam? He can’t stop talking about her being created in the same dust as he was. Idiot. Who he thinks I am? A sex object? A childbearing machine? What mother of all the living? What about Adam’s other children with Lilith? And speaking of childbearing. Curse much?


This is getting out of hand, Father. You are too much. I will have my revenge.

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