The promise given to Adam after his fall was that the seed of the woman would crush the head of Satan. Though he would bruise His heal, Satan would be brought down by means of a detrimental blow.
With the birth of Cain one reading with fresh eyes would wonder, "Is this the one?" He proves to be a great disappointment though, as he kills his brother, Able. Most certainly his fiendish act reveals that he is not the promised deliverer.
I wonder if there is an intended irony in the passage. For it reads that Cain "rose up against Able his brother and killed him." (Genesis 4:8) The action of his rising up and smiting (as the word kill may be translated) almost makes it sound like Able received a blow from above--that is, upon his head.
If this is true, the passage paints Cain as one who is blatantly anti-Christ.
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