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Have you ever read a novel or watched a movie and desired that it ended differently? I am sure you have; would I be wrong to think that every human being that has ever lived must have wished a story they heard, ended differently. Why is this so? It is probably because human curiosity and imagination is endless. We continue to ask questions, we continue to probe, what we hear and what we see.
In the book of Genesis, we are told Adam and Eve had a son named Cain; later we are told Cain got married and had children. At some point, you must have asked the question ‘where did Cain’s wife come from?’ The fact that the Bible has no direct answer may have frustrated you. Let’s assume that the Bible gave a direct answer, your natural curiosity would soon lead to another question like ‘was Cain black, white or brown?’ Why does the Bible not probe these questions and give direct answers?
Every book has a purpose, some information in the book are central and very important to achieveing its purpose, some other information are necessary but not central, and some are not necessary at all and are left out. We all filter information in our communication everyday; when I am telling my wife about my trip to the post office, just 10 minutes away from our home, I leave out more than what I share with her; if I were to share everything I saw, heard, and felt, the conversation will never end.
When next you are are reading the Bible, and you come across topics and issues that seem not to be fully covered by the Bible, don’t despair or be discouraged, search deeper for answers, and if the answers are not coming, then consider that the topic or issue may not be central to the purpose of the Bible. That then of course raises the question – what is the purpose of the Bible? I will answer next week.
Meanwhile John 21:25 (NIV) does say: “Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.” So who was Cain’s wife? It must have been his sister from Adam’s other sons and daughters (see Genesis 5:4).
Great God, show us the purpose of the Bible, we pray, Amen!