There, He Met Fellow Victims

Ezra Azra

Copyright 2023 by Ezra Azra

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

"And Cain went out from the presence of the Lord, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden." King James Bible.
In the Bible, there is no record of how the Land of Nod came to be. As well, there is no mention that Jehovah, Almighty God, had any authority in the Land of Nod. And, best of all, there is no record of any crime or sin committed in the Land of Nod. It was a perfect place. Better than Eden which Jehovah God saw fit to shut down because of its failure. Nobody lives in Eden, to this day; Nod continues to be heavily and happily populated.

Cain murdered his younger brother, Abel. The crime was not hidden from Jehovah, and Jehovah cursed Cain for having committed the crime. Why only a curse? Why not the death penalty? After all, Jehovah was prompt and proud on many occasions to order Moses and Joshua to murder innocent collaterals during wartimes.

Was it because Jehovah himself was complicit in the murder? Cain had killed his brother in a fit of rage because Jehovah had accepted Adam's offering but not Cain's. Both men had sincerely worshipped Jehovah; but Jehovah had unfairly discriminated between them, in favour of Abel.

Hence, Jehovah, Almighty God, in hidden atonement, could not have meant it to be a full punishment when he banished Cain to the Land of Nod for murdering Abel.

Indeed, in the Land of Nod, Cain did very well for himself without any help from Jehovah, 'out from the presence of the Lord', 'Cain builded a City, and called the name of that City, Enoch.'

Jehovah had accused Cain, "the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground." Could Cain's subsequent phenomenal success in the Land of Nod ever be fitting justice for that cry of Abel's blood from the ground?

After Jehovah expelled Adam and Eve from the garden of Eden, he was so determined to keep Eden free of human occupancy, he placed sentries, "Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way."

Since Jehovah took no such precautions with the Land of Nod, everyone who dared escape Jehovah's tyranny, could freely go live in Nod to live happily ever after far away from Jehovah. There is no record of Jehovah ever visiting Nod.

Jonah said no to Jehovah when Jehovah ordered him to go to Nineveh. Had Jonah fled to Nod, Jehovah could not have compelled him to go to Nineveh.

Moses said no to Jehovah when Jehovah ordered him to go to Egypt. Had Moses fled to Nod, Jehovah could not have compelled him to go to Egypt.

Had that serpent in Eden, "more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made," fled to Nod, Jehovah could not have cursed it "above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life." Obviously, that subtil snake had walking legs in Eden, before Jehovah's curse. In Nod, its posterity would still be walking on legs and feet, to this day, not unlike our pretty cute Millipedes and Centipedes in our backyards.

There, in the Land of Nod, Cain met up with another two of Jehovah's embarrassing mistakes: Lilith, and Nehushtan.

Lilith was Jehovah's first attempt at creating a woman companion for Adam, in Eden. Up to when Jehovah created a perfect Adam and placed him to tend the garden of Eden, the notion of female did not exist. The Bible does not record why Almighty God, Jehovah, thought the perfect Adam was incomplete, and needed a female companion.

Notwithstanding, Jehovah made a woman, and named her Lilith, and presented her to Adam. Curiously, there is no record of Adam's response when he saw Lilith for the first time. Jehovah made Lilith equal to Adam.

When Jehovah informed Adam and Lilith that Lilith would be the one to have babies, Lilith suggested that she produce girl babies, and Adam produce boys. Adam agreed with Lilith. Jehovah disagreed with both of them.

Lilith discussed the matter with Adam when they were alone. She suggested the two of them abandon Eden and try to live together in equality and every other kind of fairness, on their own, away from Jehovah. Adam was terrified of living outside of Eden, and away from God.

And so, Lilith fled Eden on her own. Neither Adam nor Jehovah ever saw her again.

Jehovah made Eve, the second woman for Adam, but this time Jehovah took care to make the woman less than Adam. Eve was made from a minor part of Adam himself; a rib.

And so, when Jehovah informed Eve she would be the one to produce babies, boys and girls, Eve accepted, thankfully and obsequiously. Because of his rib in her, Adam loved Eve more than he loved Lilith. Eve did not bring up the matter of who should have babies, and, so, Adam chose to be silent on the matter with Eve.

In the Land of Nod, Cain met up with Nehushthan, a serpent made of brass by Moses on Jehovah's orders, and named by Moses, while Moses led Jehovah's especially chosen people out of Egypt.

"And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness?

And the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people died.

And the Lord said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.

And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived."

In itself, Jehovah's creation of Nehushtan is one of his many, many spectacularly awesome achievements. This time, however, Jehovah's creation is spoiled by being in sinful violation of his own commandment given to Moses on Mount Sinai: "Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water that is under the earth."

Worse yet, the solid image of Nehushtan was worshipped along with Jehovah's name for generations afterwards in Jerusalem, until King Hezekiah put an end to the worship.

Strangely, this act of loyalty to Jehovah did nothing to spare King Hezekiah's family an abysmal future. It was as if Hezekiah was being particularly punished for his actions against Nehushtan, a worshipful image created directly by the word of Jehovah himself:

"Isaiah, the prophet, said unto Hezekiah, Hear the word of the Lord. Behold the days come, that all that is in thine house, and that which thy fathers have laid up in store unto this day, shall be carried into Babylon: nothing shall be left, saith the Lord. And of thy sons that shall issue from thee, which thou shall beget, shall they take away; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.

And King Hezekiah slept with his fathers, and his son reigned in his stead."

How many other embarrassing mistakes of Jehovah, Almighty God, did Cain meet in the Land of Nod?

That newborn innocent baby Jehovah murdered because it was born of the adultery of King David and Bathsheba?

Jephthah's daughter? An innocent loving child who Jehovah allowed to be the fatal victim of her father's low IQ covenant with Jehovah?

Uzzah? That righteously conscientious, innocent, loyal soldier who was evilly murdered by the Ark of God? That Ark which had been constructed of Shittim wood by Moses, on specifications directly from the spoken word of Jehovah himself? 

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