Cain’s tattoo


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Eve, “Mother Of All,” bore two sons: Cain, a farmer, and Abel, a shepherd. As a seasonal gesture of faith in God’s provision, each would offer their sacrifice on an altar. Cain would throw together an indiscriminate mix of berries and greens and scatter them upon the cold stone. Abel would take from the firstborn of his flocks, cut the choicest sections of meat from the bone, and burn the flesh down to a charred powder.

Naturally, Abel’s sacrifice pleased God, but Cain’s offering, being no sacrifice at all, was ignored. God spoke to a sulking Cain, saying, “You can do your best and be happy in life, or cut corners and be ruled by imperfections. Laziness is easy to master, but it’s a sure path to misery.”

Cain considered all this and made his choice. The next time he and Abel walked together in the fields, Cain seized a blunt object and slayed his brother with it. When God asked what happened, Cain deflected, asking, “When did I become my brother’s designated guardian?”

But Abel cried out from the grave and cast a curse on the fields with his drying blood. The stained red soil would no longer produce a yield for the farmer, so Cain became a nomad with a price on his head.

When the murdering outcast finally begged for God’s help, he was met with tender mercy. “If anyone kills you,” God promised, “I will punish them seven times worse.” God put an identifiable mark on Cain to deter anyone from killing him, and Cain settled in the land of Nod.

His lineage brought forth some of the earliest civilized people, including shepherds who lived in made-made structures, musicians, and smiths.

God eventually blessed Adam and Eve with another son, Seth, who brought forth many descendants, including a man named Enoch, who walked with God until he vanished into thin air.

Inspiration: Genesis 4

Dragon’s deception

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The serpentine dragon cradled its head on the bough of  the Knowledge Tree and reasoned with Eve. “You look hungry. I heard you aren’t allowed to eat from any of Eden’s varieties. Is this a joke?”

Eve bristled. “We can eat anything except for Knowledge.” She pointed to the tree from which the forbidden fruit and the dragon’s tail dangled. “We can’t even touch that one or we’ll die.”

The dragon laughed. “Do I look dead?” He dropped to the ground and slithered toward her. “Don’t you want to know good from evil? That’s what happens when you eat from Knowledge. You become just like a god.”

Eve regarded the ample fruit sagging from the lowest limb. It looked vexingly desirable to eat.

“God knows that Knowledge makes you just like him.” The dragon’s voice trailed off as he slithered away. “God lied to you, friend.”

The woman plucked the fibrous orb and its limb snapped back. No sooner had she and Adam bit into it that each noticed the other was naked. Hastily sewing fig leaves together, they fashioned clothes to cover themselves.

God came to visit in the garden that evening, but Adam and Eve hid from him.

“Where are you?” God asked.

Adam answered, “I was naked and afraid, so I hid.”

“How’d you know you were naked unless you took from the Knowledge Tree?”

Adam admitted his disobedience but blamed his wife, saying, “I was content with figs.” Eve, her face downcast, blamed the dragon who happened to be slinking along the path at that moment.

God seized the dragon by its throat and said, “You’re cursed to crawl and eat dirt from this day forward! Humankind will despise you, and although you’ll strike him, he’ll eventually crush you.”

God turned to Eve and said, “Now that your eyes are open to good and evil, you’ll feel pain during childbirth. You’ll want to please your husband, but he’ll dominate you.” To Adam he said, “The ground itself is cursed since its simple provisions didn’t satisfy your lusts. You’ll bleed, sweat, and cry for your bread, ever wanting more, until you return to the dirt from whence you came.”

God’s countenance then softened. He brought out animal skins for them to wear, to shield them from the unforgiving elements that would soon befall them.

God’s beloved children had just experienced a most unfathomable blow. For their safety, he removed Adam and Eve from the vicinity of the Life Tree. If consumed straight from the branch, it would have caused them to live in misery for eternity. For extra measure, he stationed a host of armed spiritual guardians to block the way to Life near the east of Eden.

As the exiled family fled from the lush country, dejected and estranged, the dragon, having already consumed Knowledge and Life, followed closely by the light of a fallen moon.

Inspiration: Genesis 3