Dwelling In The Land Of Nod

J. D. Conley
January 11, 2015

After killing his brother Abel, “Cain went out from the presence of the Lord, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden” (Gen. 4:16). Other than its geographical location, and the fact that Cain settled there, this is all we know about this piece of real estate called “the land of Nod.” The Divine record states earlier, “And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed” (Gen.2:8). We ascertain from these two passages that both the Garden of Eden and the Land of Nod, were in close proximity to each other, Nod being “east of Eden.” and the garden being “eastward in Eden.” Apart from this scant information the Bible says nothing else about the land of Nod. Be that as it may, many people dwell there in another sense. For example, they dwell in this land by giving:

The Nod Of Sinful Consent. How many times do God’s children, who know better, succumb to temptation and commit sin? Though it happens often, (Rom.3:23, 7:15-24; Gal.5:17; 1Jn. 1:8-10), we need not, and must not dwell in sin. The moment we discover we are dwelling in sin, we must repent and turn back to God, (Lk. 13:3). Choosing to remain silent when we should speak out in condemnation of sin, is another way in which many professed Christians dwell in the land of the Nod. We must sound the alarm when the sirens of sin begin to blare, (Ezk.33:3-9; Eph.5:11; 2Tim.4:2, et.al.). The nod of sinful consent is not so much an affirmative movement of the head, but an untimely holding of the tongue.

The Nod Of Spiritual Slumber. At one time or another, all of us like Eutychus, have dozed off during a sermon. Unless this becomes a common practice, this is not what is meant by the nod of spiritual slumber. There are some who are asleep spiritually with their eyes wade open. They’ve been numbered with the saints since the first century, (cf. Rom. 13:11-14; 1Cor.15:34; Eph.5:14-16). They’ve also been a part of God’s people prior to that. The prophet Amos preached, “Woe to them that are at ease in Zion...” (Amos 6:1).

May we of all people, not be guilty of dwelling in the land of Nod. Such carelessness will surely meet with God's nod of disapproval (Mt.25:31-46)!