Then the Lord said to Cain “Where Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know. Am I brother’s keeper?” Gen:4:9.
Cain not only murdered his brother Abel his heart was filled with anger and revenge. He knew the gravity of his sin. Instead of admitting his sin before the Lord, he talked back irresponsibly to God. We have responsibility for one another. The theme of brotherhood emerges early in scripture; and from the very beginning, it is clear that God places a high priority on how brothers treat each other. In this passage the question of responsibility for one another first emerges.
Cain asks, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” the word used for keeper (Hebrew – Shamar) means to guard, to protect, to attend or to regard.
Are we responsible? ‘Absolutely’ is God’s answer. Not only are we our brother’s keeper, we are held accountable for our treatment of and our ways of relating to our brother’s (Blood and Spiritual). For Cain’s sins against his brother, god curses him throughout the earth, takes away his ability to farm, and sentences him to a life as a fugitive and a vagabond. V:12. This clearly indicates that un- brotherliness destines one to fruitlessness and frustration of life and purposes. Jesus said “whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgement……. But whoever says, ‘you fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire” Mat:5:22.
Lord sees our wrong attitude towards our brethren (biological as well spiritual one) very seriously. And it will be punished. We need to care, protect, love, guide and lead our brothers and sisters. Apostle Paul was a man with great concern for his brethren. “And because of your knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died? But when you thus sin against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ. Therefore if food makes my brother stumble, I will never again eat meat lest I make my brother stumble” 1 Cor:8:11-13. So, God wants His children to show deep love and respect towards our brothers and sisters. And use all possible way to help when they are in need. By that we reflect the character of our Creator.