Cain Murders Abel…
After Adam sinned in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3), sin affected the life and death of every living creature.
Sin and death reigned in every individual.
Enoch, the one notable exception to the punishment of death, “walked with God.”
Genesis 4 shows the spread of sin from Adam’s family to the larger society that his descendants produced.
Not only did sin affect everyone, but people became increasingly more wicked as time passed.
Human self-assertion leads to violence.
God had warned Adam and Eve about sin.
Even so, Cain murdered his brother, the beginning of sibling rivalry, because God accepted Abel’s offering but not his own.
Sibling rivalry plagued each of the godly families in Genesis.
Cain, like Adam and Eve, wanted to keep his distance from God.
Rather than confess his sin, Cain tried to hide it to keep it from God.
Cain denied responsibility for his sin and objected to the severity of God’s punishment.
God graciously provided protection for Cain in response to his complaint.
Chapter 3 gives the cause and chapter 4 the effect.
In Genesis 4: The Fall Continues
Adam knew Eve his wife in the sense that he had sexual relations with her.
When Cain was born, she acknowledged that this birth was only by the Lord’s enablement.
In naming him Cain (“acquisition”), Eve may have thought that she had given birth to the Promised Seed.
The process of time mentioned in verse 3a allows for a considerable increase in the world’s population.
In my opinion, there must have been a time when Cain and Abel were instructed that sinful man can approach the holy God ONLY on the ground of the blood of a substitutionary sacrifice.
I disagree with the above video in this one respect, when it says that Cain and Able’s offerings were not sin offerings.
The first thing God did after Adam and Eve fell, when they tried to cover their nakedness with fig leaves (Gen 3:6), God slew an animal and provided His covering for them (Gen 3:21), through the shed blood of the animal.
We’re told in Scripture that without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sin (Lev 17:11; Heb 9:22).
Cain obviously had rejected this revelation and came with a bloodless offering of fruits and vegetables.
Abel believed the divine decree and offered slain animals, thus demonstrating his faith and his justification by God (Heb. 11:4).
He brought the firstborn of his flock, saying in effect that the LORD deserves the best.
Abel’s offering points forward to the substitutionary death of the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.
Cain was angry. Furious. Both he and his brother Abel had given offerings to God, and his had been rejected.
Cain’s reaction gives us a clue that his attitude was probably wrong from the start.
Cain had a choice to make. He could correct his attitude about his offering to God, or he could take his anger out on his brother.
His decision is a clear reminder of how often we are aware of the right choice yet choose the wrong one, just as Cain did.
We may not be choosing to murder, but we are still intentionally choosing what we shouldn’t.
The feelings motivating our behavior can’t always be changed by simple thought power.
But here we can begin to experience God’s willingness to help.
Here is a good rule of thumb: Those who keep secrets from God keep their distance from God.
Those who are honest with God draw near to God.
Asking for God’s help to do what is right can prevent us from setting into motion actions that we will later regret.
Ask yourself: What am I trying to hide from God?
Confess your sins and your desire to live your life independent of God.
He wants us to live in full fellowship and communion with Him.
SELAH (let us pause and calmly think about these things)
Monday, January 02
Today in the Word
PRAYER IN A BROKEN WORLD
by Dr John Koessler
When my children were small, I was often amazed at their confidence in me.
While they were sure I could fix any broken thing they put in my hands, I knew that I couldn’t.
God is a different matter. If the world were not broken, we would not need to pray.
Prayer is needed because we will always face circumstances that go beyond our ability.
The good news is that, unlike a human parent, God has the power to fix it.
The first explicit mention of prayer in the Bible does not come until sin had made its first serious inroads into human experience.
In Genesis 4, we read that Cain murdered Abel and was sentenced to a life of restless wandering.
Cain’s descendant Lamech became a polygamist (v. 19).
Lamech’s boast in verse 23 suggests he had a violent nature.
“Lamech’s short poem demonstrates the progress and magnification of sin among humans,” Old Testament commentator Andrew Steinmann observes.
Yet the news is not all bad.
We see God’s common grace at work as Lamech’s son Jabal becomes the first to live in tents and raise livestock, and his brother Jubal is the first to play stringed instruments and pipes (vv. 20–21).
Both were born of Lamech’s wife, Adah.
Lamech’s other wife, Zillah, gave birth to Tubal-Cain, “who forged all kinds of tools out of bronze and iron” (v. 22).
However, the most important cultural development came after Eve gave birth to “another child in place of Abel, since Cain killed him” (v. 25).
Seth became the father of Enosh, and “at that time people began to call on the name of the LORD” (v. 26).
As sin and the damage resulting from it spread, we see people divide into two basic categories.
One group did not know God.
The other called upon God by name.
If we divided up the world today, to which group would you belong?
Pray with Us
We call upon Your name, God—for provision, guidance, faith, and every good thing. You who have known humankind exhaustively from the beginning still love and care for us. For this we thank You!
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