Quirks, Queries and Commentary—Genesis 4 to 8
Cain is notorious for being the world’s first murderer, having killed his brother because God accepted Abel’s offering but not Cain’s. God cursed him, drove him from the ground and made him “a restless wanderer on the earth.” We think of Cain as a reprobate but notice his response, “My punishment is more than I can bear. Today you are driving me from the land, and I will be hidden from your presence....” Cain still loved God and wanted to be in God’s presence! (Genesis 4:8-16 NIV)
Methuselah lived longer than any other man recorded in the Bible—969 years. Can you imagine being alive for nearly a thousand years? Interestingly, when we do the math, we discover that Methuselah died the same year as Noah’s flood:
Methuselah was 187 years old when his son Lamech was born.
Lamech was 182 years old when Noah was born.
Noah was 600 years old when the flood came.
187 + 182 + 600 = 969. (Genesis 5:25-28; 6:6)
Noah’s dad, Lamech, died five years before the flood (he lived 595 years after Noah was born and Noah was 600 when the flood came).
After the flood, God “smelled the pleasing aroma” of Noah’s burnt offerings and said, “Never again will I curse the ground because of man...” (Genesis 8:21 NIV) Does that mean that the curse of Genesis 3:17-19 (“Cursed is the ground because of you...it will produce thorns and thistles....”) ended at the flood? If so, why does the ground seem to be cursed still?