What Is My Brother To Me?

Let’s go back to the beginning in the Bible and imagine that first fight between siblings which ended in disaster.  The first part is my writing, the second is from the Bible.

Cain stopped when he saw the fire burning by Abel; he knew what it meant.  They were alone in a grassy field at the top of a yet unnamed mountain.

“So you’ve done it.”   Cain snarled.

Abel face turned dark, then he coughed  “Yeah, it seemed like the right thing to do.  Just a feeling, I guess.”

Cain stared unblinkingly at his smaller brother.  “You should have waited.  It’s not like someone told you to do it.”

“You’re right,” Abel said softly.  “I don’t know.  It felt like I had to do it by myself.”  He looked down.

“Look, I am the older brother.”  He said waving his hairy arms.  You should have listened to me.  We were gonna do it together.  And now this.”  He shook his fist.   “Get away from me.”

“I understand” Abel answered with a nod.  “Shall I camp over there?” he asked while gesturing toward a nearby foothill.

Cain didn’t respond. The air was deadly silent. He noticed the beads of sweat dripped down Abel’s cheeks.

Cain smiled.

After a few moments, he pointed at the smoky mess and said “No, just take what’s left off the stones, the fire’s out anyway.”

Abel picked up a nearby stick and moved closer to the smoldering fire.  Cain circled behind his brother, a sharp stone in his right fist.   Suddenly he lunged at Abel burying the jagged edge of the stone deep in his brother’s skull.  “I hate you” he murmured.  Abel fell  to the ground and didn’t move.

Cain looked at the stock-still body.   He had to hide it from dad and mom.   He dragged the limp body to the nearby bush throwing it head first down into it.  All he wanted now was to get away.

There was a rumbling sound from the sunny blue sky as he sprinted down the hill.


 “God said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “How should I know? Am I his babysitter?” God said, “What have you done! The voice of your brother’s blood is calling to me from the ground.”   (Genesis 4:9-10 The Message Version)


About richrockwood

Writer of Christian fiction whose first book "Memory Theft" delves into the impact an extortion scam has on a retired widower. For more information please check out www.richrockwood.com
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