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Cain, kills Abel, his brother. After the murder, God asks Cain where is Abel, thy brother?”  Cain counters with a question, “Am I my brother’s keeper?”

This is a question about dominion given to humanity by Elohim. Mankind is supposed to take care of the animals. Does humanity also owe a duty of care to humans? Gen 4: 9

God answers, “The voice of thy brother’s blood crieth out unto me from the ground” Gen 4:10. The implications of this statement are fascinating.  Bloodshed affects the soil, and the Creator is aware of it because it is communicated to Elohim by the blood itself (thy brother’s blood crieth out to me). In this passage, blood is a living, communicating substance.

In revealing the consequences, God answers Cain’s question.  There are consequences for killing his brother.  If Cain were not his brother’s keeper, there be no punishment.

These consequences are found in Gen. 4: 11-12, where the Creator says,

“Now art thou cursed from the Earth which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand. When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.”

Cain responds in verses 13 and 14, saying

“My punishment is greater than I can bear.  Behold Thou hast driven me from the face of the earth; and from Thy face shall I be hid and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that everyone that findeth me shall slay me.”

Elohim says that Cain will be cursed from the Earth.  Cain recognizes he will be disconnected from the Earth,(Thou hast driven me from the face of the earth) from God (from Thy face I shall be hid) and from the human community (I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond)

The eco-spiritual principal here is: that the duty of taking care of the planet applies to care for all living and failure to do so, results in disconnection with God, man and  soil.

In the Eleventh Commandment 1.4, this disconnection is expressed thus:

To help you do this (love the Earth)

I will let you look into the abyss

Where there is only darkness

And never light,

Where coldness only has burnt away

And there is void

And not the voice nor the light of God

To give you day.

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