Genesis 4:1-8 — “And Eve said, I have gotten a man from the LORD…” Not only was Cain Adam and Eve’s firstborn son, and the first child ever born, he represented hope after all they had lost. Could this be the one who would crush the serpent’s head and restore the human family to Paradise? Tragically, Adam and Eve’s expectations were dashed. Cain was not the Messiah, he turned out to be a murderer.
As we think about the failure of Eve’s firstborn, we are pointed to the great success of Mary’s firstborn. Cain was proud, Jesus was humble. Cain took life, Jesus gave His life. All that Cain wasn’t, speaks of all that Jesus is. He is the Son who doesn’t disappoint.