“Raising Cain” is an expression I’ve heard all my life and typically it was said in a negative way to express causing mischief or disorder.
But imagine my surprise that when I read the local paper filed under the religion articles was an article about an upcoming, now over, “Raising Cain“!
“It’s something that Moody has never seen,” Sideline co-owner Shane Sharp said. “We just want to do something that impacts kids, something better than going out and getting into trouble.”
The concert, which is co-sponsored by North Valley Church in Margaret, will feature multiple acts. The most notable is DPB, a Christian rapper known as a regular at The Basement.
Saturday’s event will also feature a three-on-three basketball tournament, inflatables and a shrimp boil. The tournament and shrimp boil cost $10, but the concert is free.
I said something to my husband when I read this and he responded back with:
Jude 1:11 (ESV) Woe to them! For they walked in the way of Cain and abandoned themselves for the sake of gain to Balaam’s error and perished in Korah’s rebellion.
See he was sitting and reading through Jude because our church is doing a study on Jude right now.
The whole section in Jude applies here.
Jude 1:10-15 (ESV)
10 But these people blaspheme all that they do not understand, and they are destroyed by all that they, like unreasoning animals, understand instinctively.
11 Woe to them! For they walked in the way of Cain and abandoned themselves for the sake of gain to Balaam’s error and perished in Korah’s rebellion.
12 These are hidden reefs at your love feasts, as they feast with you without fear, shepherds feeding themselves; waterless clouds, swept along by winds; fruitless trees in late autumn, twice dead, uprooted;
13 wild waves of the sea, casting up the foam of their own shame; wandering stars, for whom the gloom of utter darkness has been reserved forever.
14 It was also about these that Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied, saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of his holy ones,
15 to execute judgment on all and to convict all the ungodly of all their deeds of ungodliness that they have committed in such an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things that ungodly sinners have spoken against him.”
Do they really just not know what they are saying?
Dictionaries have a definition for “Raising Cain“; here is one.
To be ‘raising Cain’ is to be causing trouble or creating an uproar.
The rest of the definition here is interesting to read. Especially the portion about the older English use of “to raise”.
People are devoid of understanding! Sorta like calling down a Consuming Fire?