“You are hereby banished from the ground you have defiled with your brother’s blood. No longer will it yield abundant crops for you, no matter how hard you work! From now on you will be a homeless fugitive on the earth, constantly wandering from place to place.” (Genesis 4:11-12 NLT)
Have you ever noticed how much tragedy seems to fall on firstborn children? The Bible is full of incidents of firstborn sons falling into sin and turning away from their fathers’ instruction.
The general consensus from those who study “birth order” is that firstborn children are intelligent, scholarly, assertive, willful, controlling, perfectionists, and leaders. Such was the case with Harry S. Truman, George W. Bush, and Winston Churchill who became presidents and a prime minister during a time of war. Other famous firstborn leaders were Oprah Winfrey, Walter Cronkite, and Albert Einstein just to name a few.
What took place in the home to bring about their success? In the case of our firstborn son, my wife spent a lot of time reading books to him at a very early age. As a result, he became a book lover and had an insatiable desire for learning. He was a very good student in school and excelled in the math and music department . He held the number one chair for trumpet in the high school band. After college he got a job as a music and book buyer for a major religious distributing company. Today, he and his brother operate their own Christian contemporary music website called the “Rad Rockers.”
Not every firstborn son, however, walks in a path that delights and pleases his parents. Some act in a manner that brings shame and disrepute, and in some cases a curse upon the family name.
One in particular was Cain, the firstborn son of Adam and Eve. Cain was a willful person and brought a sacrifice that displeased God. When God confronted him he got miffed and ended up murdering his younger brother Abel. As a result, God placed a curse (mark) upon him and his land. It doesn’t pay to disobey God!
Prayer: Dear Lord, the children you give us are a heritage and a blessing.