” And God said, and now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand; When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.”- Genesis 4:11-12
Nomadism- a state of life without settlement, full of hopping to and fro. It is a restless rootless life, a religious outlook that believes that life is better without godly authority. It’s a desire to live where God is not present.
It is a hunger for “city life.” When Cain fled from the Lord, He built a city. (v.17) The Hebrew word is הָעִ֔יר (aw-yar). Brown-Driver-Briggs describes the Hebrew word as a place to be guarded, a place of terror. It is in cities of today that people rarely experience long-term relationships, community spirit and the essence of family.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown comments that It has been in cities that the human race has ever made the greatest social progress; and several of Cain’s descendants distinguished themselves by their inventive genius in the arts.
Nomadism was popularized by the Wild wild west’s image of Cowboys half a century ago- telling us that a stress free life is a low responsibility life. It is the equivalent of the rootless and stressful soul of Cain. After killing Abel, he suffered God’s curse of instability. A status called vagabond.
Seek for permanence in this life. Look for accountability and community. Pursue longevity as much as possible in your job, church or calling. Persevere until your last breath. Strive for permanence.
Unrighteous nomadism harms. It robs us of strong covenantal relationships and is often demonic. Nomadism is a curse. Pray for contentment. Settle down.