“Then the LORD said to Cain, ‘Where is your brother Abel?’ ‘I don’t know,’ he replied. ‘Am I my brother’s keeper?'”

Genesis 4:9 NIV

Just as there is a cost associated with following the path of righteousness in being a living sacrifice for Jesus, there is also a cost in choosing to go our own way living from the desires of the sinful mind. From the beginning of time, mankind has wrestled with its own humanity and has been the direct beneficiary of its own shortcomings with tragic results time and again. From the Ancient of Days, in the book of Proverbs, Solomon explains it like this, There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.” – Proverbs 16:25 NIV

According to her desires, it seemed right to Eve to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, but in the end it resulted in death. Her innocent act of eating one measly fruit from a tree resulted in being spiritually severed from her intimate relationship with her Creator and ostracized from the abundant life God had created for her and Adam to live in with Him in the garden of Eden. Both Adam and Eve had equal access to eat from the tree of life freely, but they chose to intake from what they were forbidden to have. They were deceived into thinking and believing that what was forbidden was more rewarding and fulfilling than what they already had access to. Isn’t it interesting that we usually don’t give much, if any, consideration to the consequences of doing wrong, but we will think of the many reasons why we should not do the right thing. This is the hostile mind at work, even in the life of a sincere believer.

Cain’s disappointment of not having his sacrifice received by God brought a stern warning from God to do what was right in order to be accepted, but if he did not do what was right; sin was crouching, waiting for the opportunity to strike and take siege of Cain’s heart and mind. Cain desired to encounter God’s favor (acceptance) without doing what God required. God challenged Cain to master (manage thought life and resulting actions) his sin, but Cain ignored God’s warning and this is the result of not delighting in God’s law in Cain’s life: (see Genesis 4:1-17)

  • Cain ignores God and His word after God corrected Cain
  • Cain becomes jealous of Abel
  • Cain becomes consumed with anger (hatred)
  • Cain kills his brother
  • Cain lies to God about the whereabouts of his brother
  • Cain becomes indignant with God (am I my brother’s keeper)
  • Cain never admits to killing Abel
  • Cain complains about the consequences of his sin, but shows no remorse for it (my punishment is more than I can bear) Genesis 4:13 NIV

May God bless you and help you to remain focused, stand firm in your faith, continuing to do what is right so you may receive His favor and experience the fullness of life Christ came for us to have.

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