When you read the book of Genesis it tells us that Cain had relations with his wife. The question is where did Cain get his wife?
Who was Cain’s wife? Where did Cain get his wife?
Genesis 4:17 tells us “Cain knew his wife, and she conceived and bore Enoch.” The question is who was Cain’s wife? We see that Adam and Eve were the first humans on earth and when they had relations they bore Able and Cain. We know that all humans came from Adam and Eve. By implication, we can conclude that Cain either married his sister or niece. Some scholars even speculate the possibility of Cain marrying his great niece. We know one thing for sure, he married a relative as all humans came from Adam and Eve. During those early years after God made Adam and Eve, we see that no other choice was left but to marry one’s relative. This answer might sound foreign to people in our culture but this was the way it was in the beginning.
Doesn’t the Bible forbid Incest?
Yes, the bible forbids this kind of marriage in Leviticus 18:6-18 (written approximately 1400 B.C.). The book of Leviticus was written to a sinful but loved generation. God knew they were always falling short and established his law to them. We reflect back today on how sin was atoned for in the old testament and how Jesus Christ changed everything today.
Abraham, Noah and his family?
When God flooded the earth in Genesis 6 we see that Noah found favor in the sight of God and his family entered the ark. Here is the thing, after the flood, the earth populated once again and they must have married within the family as no other alternative was around. In addition, Abraham married his half-sister we read in Genesis 20:2,12. Issac also married the daughter of his cousin and Jacob married his cousin Lean and Rachel. It wasn’t until the time of Moses in Leviticus 18 that God forbid this type of marriage.
Besides the laws established by God, we can see that today’s genetic code has been so corrupted in a big way. Meaning, the health risks in our day and age of marrying your relative is high. We can only speculate why God set certain laws back in Leviticus but one thing is for sure, he knows the future. Maybe he saw that this would become a bigger problem in time and set a law to prevent it. The secret things are the Lords (Deut. 29:29).
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