Adam&Eve Shamed by Michael, the Angel illustration by Gail Ingis in “Seeking Paradise” by Deborah Galiley

Ever think about how the Bible is written? Is it character driven? What does it mean to be character driven? Well, if you know Michael Hague’s HERO’S JOURNEY (example: Finding Nemo),

Father Finding Nemo

you know about character driven. You must choose when writing fiction, especially romance. You must have a main character, maybe two, with secondary characters.

So how do you choose one or two characters in the Bible with so many to choose from. Adam and Eve and their kids? Imagine what drove them and how it all turned out. Who are those two brothers? Cain and Abel. A story could be written about either one, and the emotions that drove them. Imagine hating your brother so much that you dispose of him. In the days of the great sacrifice, Abel was the keeper of the flocks and Cain the tiller of the ground.

Cain & Abel offerings

Cain’s offering to the Lord was the fruit of the ground, but the Lord had greater regard for Abel’s offering of the firstlings of his flock and their fat portions and no regard for Cain’s offering. Cain became very angry and his countenance fell. The Lord asked Cain, “Why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, it shall be lifted up.” A bloodless offering was perfectly acceptable, but it was Cain’s attitude of unbelief and his denial of the murder of his brother that displeased the Lord.

Genesis 4:9 And the LORD said to Cain, Where is Abel your brother? And he said I know not, Am I my brother’s keeper? (A blatant lie, did Cain think he could hide from the Lord?)

What did Cain gain by getting rid of his brother? In the end, the Lord banished him, the murder was pervasive, horror followed him everywhere. He was a broken man. If you are broken, everything and everyone will be broken.

Who are your characters? What drives them?  Pretty big story, this Cain and Abel. Can you begin to piece it all together and see what some of the details of Cain’s life might have been? There was no HEA in his life. Did he change as a result of this tragedy? I can’t find anything in the Bible to say that he did. Cain had no Lord in his life, but he did have tragedy, and lots and lots and lots of children.

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