Where Did Cain Get His Wife?

And what an amazing world God has made. Picture a comet for a moment. Its vapor trail can be more than 10,000 miles long. But capture and bottle that “tail,” and you discover that the amount of vapor actually present in your bottle is less than one cubic inch of space.

Yet many see such phenomenal design without looking for its Designer.

Robert Ingersoll was a famous atheist. He once visited the great preacher, Henry Ward Beecher, who took him into his study. There Mr. Ingersoll noticed a magnificent contour globe of the world, with mountains and valleys painted with remarkable detail and beauty. He said, “Pastor Beecher, that is a beautiful work of art. Who made it for you?”

Knowing Ingersoll’s denial of God’s creation, Dr. Beecher replied, “Oh, nobody, it just happened.”

No, it didn’t. Your world didn’t just happen. You didn’t just happen. And your nation didn’t just happen.

Our nation’s birth is the result of the greatest sacrifices, the highest courage, the most passionate commitment to freedom and liberty. Thomas Paine captured the spirit best. This soldier in Washington’s army wrote a pamphlet to tell Americans what they needed to know about their army and their times.

Here are some of his words: “These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his Country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives everything its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated.”

On December 25, 1776, as General Washington was preparing for one of the most decisive attacks of the entire war, he had Mr. Paine’s article read to all his troops. Most of his troops were half clothed and barefooted, charging in the worst possible weather, but they won. Over the next few months more than 100,000 copies of Mr. Paine’s words were printed and distributed across the infant nation. God used them to inspire our forefathers to greatness.

And miraculous events accompanied their courage. The unexpected and dense fog in August of 1776 which covered Washington’s retreat from annihilation on Long Island; the sudden freeze on January 3, 1777 which allowed Washington’s troops to travel to safety across otherwise muddy and impassable roads; the British riflemen who had Washington in their sights on September 10, 1777, but didn’t know who he was and didn’t fire; the storm of October 16, 1781 which prevented Cornwallis from retreating at Yorktown and effectively ended the War.

So we thank God this week for the courage he gave to men and women willing to fight vastly superior forces and sacrifice their lives for our nation. We thank him for the victory he gave to their armies. We thank him for the wisdom and insight he gave to their leaders.

And we pray for our country to worship its creator.

Only 36% of Americans say they have accepted Christ as their personal Savior. Some 173 million Americans are spiritually lost, 100,000 of whom live within three miles of this Sanctuary.

And so we pray for our country to come to Christ. The greatest way we can serve America is to pray for Americans.


Our title asks, Where did Cain get his wife? The author of Genesis would answer, what difference does it make? Let Genesis be what it is intended to be: not a scientific textbook but God’s revelation of his creative power and design in our world and our lives.

Perhaps God made other people, and Cain married one of them. Perhaps Cain married his sister, a necessity if no other women existed. How exactly did it happen? How long ago did God make the world? In how many “days?” By what method?

Here’s the answer: God made you. God made your world. God made your nation. And God wants us, and our country, to trust in him and to worship him today.

Will you trust God today with your greatest problem, whatever it might be? Will you give that issue in your life to your Creator?

Dr. Donald Grey Barnhouse was right: God is as big as your faith. He is as big as your faith will allow him to be. How big will you let your Creator be in your life today? Will you give to him the specific problem for which you need his help the most?

And will you worship your Creator with every day you live?

President Theodore Roosevelt and his good friend, the naturalist William Beebe, would on occasion stay at Roosevelt’s family home. They would go out on its lawn at night. They would search the skies until they found the faint spot of light behind the lower left-hand corner of the Great Square of Pegasus. Then they would remember together the words:

That is the Spiral Galaxy in Andromeda.It is as large as our Milky Way.It is one of a hundred million galaxies.It consists of one hundred billion suns,Each larger than our sun.

Then President Roosevelt would grin at Mr. Beebe and say, “Now I think we are small enough. Let’s go to bed.”

Are we small enough to go to God?