did Cain get his wife (Gen 4:17)?” is the question of many today.
This answer is not that difficult to find if we will just do a little
“diggin’ in the scriptures”.
Note how Gen 3:20 tells us that
Eve was the mother of all
the living. Gen 1:28 records that one of the first commands given to
Adam and Eve was to be fruitful and multiply (have children). Surely
Adam and Eve did have many children.
Take note also that genealogies in
the Bible often focus on lineages relevant to pertinent characters to
God’s message, and, most importantly, to the lineage of the coming
Messiah. As a relevant example, the main genealogical focus of the
first few chapters of Genesis have not so much to do with Cain as
they do with Seth (Gen 4:25- 5:32). Seth gives rise to a godly
(spiritually minded) race (Gen 4:26) and eventually to Noah himself
(Gen 5:30-32) who’s line eventually produces the Messiah. Cain
however propagates a race of ungodly, selfish, physically minded
people (Gen 4: 17, 23). We see the contrast in Gen 6:1-8 where the
term “sons of God” no doubt refer to Seth’s descendants, and
the “daughters of men” refer to Cain’s descendants. The mixing
of these two in marriage produced a destructive, tyrannical people
(“giants” in Gen 6:4) which eventually brought about God’s
watery judgment upon the world.
Now, with this in mind, we can
see that even though God’s word mentions only three of Adam and
Eve’s children by name, they did have many sons and daughters (Gen
3:20, 5:4). From this large family Cain would have taken his wife.
So, the answer is: Cain married one of his sisters! Now some of you
are probably totally grossed out or crying “Incest!”, but God
made no pronouncements against inter-family sexual relationships
until the days of Moses in Leviticus 18:9 and Deut 27:22. You see, in
the days of Cain, the human gene pool was not riddled with diseases
and mutations which slowly entered humankind as a result of the curse
of sin. It was not until later in the descent of man that harm would
come from incestuous relationships. That is why from the time of
Moses to today, it is not only spiritually dangerous to commit
incest, it is physically and mentally dangerous as well. The world
would have never been populated unless brother could lie with sister
at the beginning. God’s plan always works! ----- Mike Sullivan