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The Sons of Cain
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The act of drinking wine in the house of God is a act of worship looking forward to the ultimate worship of Holy Communion. The offering of wine to the children of Cain was a test to see if they would drink this offering in God’s house. This evil family denied God that honor because their father, not our Father, commanded them not to drink this offering. The Kenites of the house of Rechab are a cursed people that carry the stigma that God placed Cain in Genesis 4:11-12. The result of this agricultural curse renders Cain’s children useless to sow seed or plant vineyards.

Jeremiah 35:7-8-Neither shall ye build house, nor sow seed, nor plant vineyard, nor have any: but all your days ye shall dwell in tents; that ye may live many days in the land where ye be strangers. Thus have we obeyed the voice of Jonadab the son of Rechab, our father in all that he hath charged us, to drink no wine all our days, we, our wives, our sons, nor our daughters.

The Jewish Encyclopedia:

"Cain is the eponym of the Kenites, and the verses are a form of a independent tradition which explained the nomadic life of the Kenites as due to a curse laid upon them for some ancient murder." (Ktav Publishing House, Inc. Volume #3)

Genesis 4:11-12-And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy land; When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.

The word ‘strength’ in Hebrew means, "capacity or means to produce." (Strong’s #3581)

Cain’s descendants, by nature of the curse, do not have the capacity to produce a harvest from the ground. They could hire someone to work the land, but they themselves cannot. In spite of this curse, the Rechabites never wavered in obedience to the commandments of their father, and this is a virtue that God praises them for as He compared their obedience to Israel’s disobedience.

Jeremiah 35:12-13-Then came the word of the LORD unto Jeremiah, saying, Thus saith the LORD of host, the God of Israel; Go and tell the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, Will ye not receive instruction to hearken to My words? saith the LORD.

The word ‘instruction’ in Hebrew means, "reproof." (Strong’s #4148)

Here, God shows His disappointment with the men of Judah for not accepting His correction; this is in direct contrast to the level obedience that the Kenites show to Rechab.

Jeremiah 35:14-The words of Jonadab, the son Rechab, that he commanded his sons not to drink wine, are performed; for unto this day they drink none, but obey their father’s commandment: notwithstanding I have spoken unto you, rising early and speaking; but ye hearkened not unto Me.

The word ‘commandment’ in the Hebrew means, "a command, whether human or divine, commandment, law, ordinance, precept." (Strong’s #4687)

These laws and precepts are not divinely inspired by God, but are human precepts of Jonadab the son of Rechab. God cleverly used the Re’-chabites’s obedience to the commandments of their father as an opportunity to expose Israel’s disobedience to the commandments of our Father. Up until this time, Cain’s children have succeeded in part to hide their true identity. Jesus, by His Word, shined the light on these den of serpents and openly exposed these murderers for all to see. In His condemnation of these so-called scribes, He pronounces seven woes over them highlighting the sins that their father’s committed from righteous Abel until now.

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