A Meditation: On Genesis 4:17 // Mortal Gratifications //

by Matheus Yuhlung

“And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch” – Genesis 4:17

How peculiar it is that Cain needed to build a city while the vogue of his times was that of a sojourner. Men of great faith throughout the Bible lived their lives like a stranger passing through an alien land and yet Cain thought the necessity to build a city.

Those on earth, who looked for the heavenly city, wrote Matthew Henry chose to dwell in tabernacles or tents; but Cain, as not minding that city, built one on earth. Indeed, he did. And it seemed to be at a close proximity to the Garden of Eden. Verse sixteen, locates its position on the east of it.

The void of the sense of security and peace that his act of violence left behind – Cain thought of filling it up with mortal gratifications. How vain. It seems the difference that the godly and the godless share is ultimately this; while the former looks at God for the necessities of his life, the former tries to provide himself with one.