Sunday, 13th September 2020
Pastor Anna from 611 Church
Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, and said, “I have acquired a man from the Lord.” Then she bore again, this time his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the Lord. Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the Lord respected Abel and his offering, but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell. So the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.” (Genesis 4:1-7)
Genesis chapter four starts in the journey after Adam and Eve left Garden of Eden. When Adam knew Eve in a deeper way, he had a deeper connection with Eve, and Eve was pregnant with Cain. We should soak ourselves in prayers first than we can soak ourselves in blessings.
Through Cain and Abel, God gave life to Adam and Eve. Even though they ate the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, but God was willing to give them life. God’s good plan is in giving us life so we can draw closer to Him.
1) Missing the Target
Abel kept flocks and Cain kept soil. Abel gave the first born and the fat portion to God. The Lord looked with favour in Abel and his offering. But Cain didn’t learn from Abel, he became very angry. God was helping Cain to recognise his sins but he thought God was blaming him. If Cain knew God’s focus, he could have changed his way to please God. But instead he was even more angry and killed his brother.
We didn’t do what we should do, we didn’t represent God, we didn’t live out God’s glory and we are missing the target, and we sin against God. God lacks nothing, He doesn’t need our gift but He looks into our heart and our relationship with Him.
2) Cross the Line
Cain called Abel to the field and killed him. He could talk to his brother but killing him was over the line. We can help our brothers and sisters, but we cannot cross the line, there is a boundary but Cain missed it. Again and again God gave him chance to repent but he missed the chance.
Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him. Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?” And He said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood cries out to Me from the ground. So now you are cursed from the earth, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. When you till the ground, it shall no longer yield its strength to you. A fugitive and a vagabond you shall be on the earth.” (Genesis 4:8-12)
Blood speaks, complain speaks, bitterness speaks, when we cross the line, in all our sins there will be voices speaking to the Lord. Be careful to deal with every relationship in our lives. Our relationship with our parents, with our siblings, with our children… God knows it all and sees it all.
Cain was under a curse that nothing he planted will grow. Even himself became a wanderer of this world, the greater sin we committed the great consequences we will suffer, so we must overcome sins.
And Cain said to the Lord, “My punishment is greater than I can bear! Surely You have driven me out this day from the face of the ground; I shall be hidden from Your face; I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond on the earth, and it will happen that anyone who finds me will kill me.” And the Lord said to him, “Therefore, whoever kills Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him seven-fold.” And the Lord set a mark on Cain, lest anyone finding him should kill him. Then Cain went out from the presence of the Lord and dwelt in the land of Nod on the east of Eden. (Genesis 4:13-16)
Punishment here means transgression and being twisted. In here Cain did not repent, instead he was accusing God, saying that it’s because of God’s curse for him to be like this. He was being judged by God but he was judging God. He accused God for giving him a judgement too harsh. But he forgot that he was the murderer and should be put to death.
We stand in the wrong position and we are twisted. But here once again God gave Cain a chance. God continues to give grace to sinners and wants us to repent.
Cain went out from the Lord’s presence, he refused to confess his sins and left God. If we don’t confess sins, no matter how much grace we have it’s no use. Cain didn’t return to God to ask for grace, instead he went to live east of Eden, which is opposing God. He would rather wandering. Then he built a wall, thew first city ever recorded in the Bible.
Do not be the one, who is trying to help your authority, but be the one, who is willing to share your problems with. Stand in the right position, receive the love from God, the teaching from God and let Him guide us.