The “first family” of the Bible teaches mankind lessons for life.
And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD. And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering: But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. (Genesis 4:1-5 KJV)
This is the first recording in the Bible of marital relations between a man and wife as God intended. The first man Adam and his wife Eve reproduced the first offspring or first family all for God’s honor and glory and for populating the earth. This family unit was designed by the hand of God to serve as a precept or example for all families; in their natural and imperfect state; unto this day. This first family is much more important than the first family occupying the White House any given election year.
Eve first gave birth to Cain; followed by Abel. Cain was a farmer and Abel was a shepherd. These two sons of Adam chose different vocations and paths in life upon this earth; just as our children are each unique and different within our own family. Time passed from their childhood into their manhood with few details given in the Bible of their growing up years in any Bible passages.
In their manhood as adults both men were compelled to offer a sacrifice unto God. Their lives grew in different directions as they developed in the confines of their own individual life. Abel offered God a sacrifice of his most valued possession; a lamb of his flock. Giving a shed blood sacrifice offering to God cost Abel something, this choice had a price attached. Cain, on the other hand, offered first fruits of his field. Cain gave from his abundance or gain, not from any sacrificial standpoint. God honored the sacrifice given by Abel; but did not respect or esteem Cain’s offering for it came from Cain’s overflow of plenty from his field. This is an early biblical lesson or precept of sacrificial giving unto God. The giving of Abel was from the outpouring of a sacrificial relationship from Abel to God. The offering Cain gave stemmed from living for oneself first and giving to God from the abundance of his field rather than a shed blood sacrifice with a personal cost to Cain attached to it.
Both boys grew up with the same parents, in the same home, but ended traveling upon different paths in their adult life. One had a sacrificial relationship with God along the narrow pathway and the other lived for self along the wider highway. Often parents today find their adult kids on different avenues in life. One was lead to do right before God and found peace; the other was led by his own appetite and was filled with discord and contention.
The answer for any situation in life remains the same:
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. (Hebrews 13:8 KJV)