You barely get into your reading of the Scripture, when you discover how different two sons of the same parents can develop. Adam and Eve had numerous children according to Genesis 5; however we are only informed of Cain and Abel initially. Others enter the picture as more specifics are added.
In the 3rd Chapter of Genesis, we read of God’s extended punishment to Adam and Eve. However, we also read of God’s promise to them, and His curse upon the serpent. “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed. He shall bruise you on the head, and you shall bruise him on the heel.” This projected the prophecy of Satan having the ability to affect the seed of Adam and Eve. She would have exceptional pain in childbirth. Though Satan would attack Adam and try to destroy him, God would affect salvation to mankind through FAITH in the finished work of Calvary. Jesus would crush the head of Satan in becoming the perfect sacrifice for the sin of Adam and Eve.
A little about those two boys, Cain and Abel! “Abel was a keeper of the flocks, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.” (Gen. 4) Both, in time, brought offerings to the Lord from their respective endeavors. God commended Abel’s offering, but not Cain’s. It was out of a joint conversation that Cain grew angry and slew Abel!
God had warned him, (v10-12) that Abel’s blood was “crying to HIM from the ground”. The ground was cursed and God told Cain, “You shall be a vagrant and a wanderer on the earth.” When Cain showed lament for his “sin” God promised protection.
There were a couple of boys of a wealthy individual of which Jesus spoke. The one was not satisfied with his “quiet” life style, and wanted to be given his share of an inheritance, leave home, and go abroad so that he could live it up. It seemed logical to Him.
After leaving home, squandering all that he had, eating from the hog pens, he came to his senses. Heading home he was totally surprised to see his father waiting, with open arms. A banquet was prepared and great celebration took place. The older son could not understand how his father could be so forgiving in light of the younger son’s actions… Few there are that ever understand the open heart of a father to a wandering son who comes home. (Read Luke15)
Certainly the younger son could spend much time justifying his action for leaving in the first place, and the father could justify his action, if that is what He wants, give it to him, everyone has to learn the hard way that there are two sides to every matter!
Other cases are mentioned in Scripture, and sometimes the problems originate opposite from what we expect, but the old nature is allowed to manifest itself. Always, God reminds of the atrocity of what took place regarding His Son, Jesus! He reminds us how each is looking from a different direction at the situation and beckons us to remember what and how HE dealt with us… He forgave us in and through Christ, in spite of us. Sin is Sin, and is repulsive to our Holy God. From Calvary, no less, He said: “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do!” There is nothing more beautiful than the words of the songwriter: “Calvary covers it all, my past with its sin and stain, my guilt and despair, Jesus took on Him there, and CALVARY COVERS IT ALL!”