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Why does the Bible say nothing about how Eve was feeling after her first son killed his younger brother?

Did word get back to her that, when asked where Abel was, Cain had said, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” Did she know that he seemed more concerned about losing the affections of his fields than what he had done to her?

Why is there no description of what everyone was feeling on the day Cain left home…?

The Genesis record may leave us wondering. Maybe that’s because we already know what it means for a mother’s heart to be broken and a family divided.

Cain wasn’t the first heart to go cold. Did he even know that his own father had blamed his mother for bringing trouble home… after both of them, together, had fallen in with a cold-blooded rebel?

Was this the beginning of our shared need for the empathy that would eventually show up in the “Older Brother”… and long awaited hope of every mother?




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113 Responses to “Empathy”

  1. poohpity says:

    It would seem that unless we go through something often we fail to understand how another feels when they go through similar circumstances. Then on top of that blame, accusing others for circumstance and never taking personal responsibility seems also to prevent the understanding as well.

    In the beginning thinking it was the fault of someone else puts a wedge from us learning the lessons that God would have us learn that promotes not only change but understanding. When Cain went through life with God’s protection by the mark placed on him so that no one would take matters into their own hands and kill him as he did his brother maybe then he realized and came to an understanding of the nature of his own wrongs.

    As a mom I sure do want my children to look out for each other which I have developed empathy that is how God wants His children to do too. We are after all in this thing called life together not as each others enemies but comrades fighting against the real rebel, God’s enemy, the Devil.

  • Beloved says:

    Happy Mother’s Day to all today!
    Empathy, the Lion of Judah, Jesus. Love the pic, it speaks volumes to me as I usually think of God/Jesus as more vigilant. I’m sure they remember what it was like to live in a clay form. Imagining Eve’s grief/sadness is almost unimaginable. Being thrown out of the garden must have been an immense blow but then losing one child by another? Horrific! In this world we all will suffer loss, disappointment, grief yet as the Bible says we have a high priest who is acquainted with our sorrows. Yes I do believe the kingly Lion has a soft side. But it doesn’t change His status or diminish what He did for us, and why. And, what He requires to remain His cubs. For all eternity!