Question:How many children did Adam and Eve have, how long
did they stay in the Garden of Eden, and who was Cain's wife?
The Garden. Genesis 3:22-23 tells us that God removed Adam
and Eve from the garden of Eden after they sinned.
. . . now, lest he stretch out his hand, and take also
from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever"-- therefore the
LORD God sent him out from the garden of Eden, to cultivate the ground
from which he was taken. So He drove the man out; and at the east of
the garden of Eden He stationed the cherubim, and the flaming sword which
turned every direction, to guard the way to the tree of life. Now the
man had relations with his wife Eve, and she conceived and gave birth
to Cain, and she said, "I have gotten a manchild with the help of
the LORD." (NASB) Genesis 3:22-4:1
God also set a cherubim to keep them from coming back. Apparently, Adam
and Eve were not in a hurry to have children until Genesis 4:1. Scripture
does not tell us how long Adam stayed in the garden. If Eve had given
birth to Cain before the fall, then we could guess that Adam and Eve
might have been in the garden at least 16 years since Cain might have
been married. But scripture gives us no clue as to how long they were
in the garden.
Scripture does not tell us who Cain's wife is either. He
would have had to marry
one of his sisters
. All that scripture says in Genesis 4:17 is:
Cain had relations with his wife and she conceived, and gave birth to
Enoch; and he built a city, and called the name of the city Enoch, after
the name of his son. (NASB) Genesis 4:17
Conclusion:It is amazing what scripture does
not talk about. It does not give us a manual on raising children, financial
planning, or some current topic. God does not reveal everything to us
in scripture. He has chosen to reveal those things that are important.
The goal of scripture is to tell us about God. The Old Testament points
forward in time to Jesus. The gospels of the New Testament look right
at Jesus, while the rest of the New Testament looks back in time to Jesus.