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Category: Genesis 4

10-30-2015 Genesis 4:25-26

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25 And Adam knew his wife again, and she bore a son and named him Seth, “For God has appointed another seed for me instead of Abel, whom Cain killed.” 26 And as for Seth, to him also a son was born; and he named him Enosh. Then men began to call on the name of the Lord.

When I look at the state of our society today, I can’t help but think that if we would call on the name of the Lord, the Lord would somehow turn the mess we have created around.  Our society has taught us to focus on money, power, success, and appearance.  Basically to live a self-centered life with personal achievement and possessions as the goal.  We have given up on family structure, proper education, as well as Godly morals.  Our children are raised in broken homes, daycare, and even homeless.  They are taught to be lovers of self.  I know that some of us still believe in the Godly principles our country was founded upon, however most of our society does not.  Moreover, our government has disregarded these principles and embraced tolerance and are motivated by self-interest.  When we look towards Jesus we become altruistic and focus on love, kindness, and compassion.  I pray that the people of our world turn to Jesus to lead and guide them.  If we do everything will change.  I know this to be true.  Paul the apostle wrote:  that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:10-11). Everyone will do it sooner or later, but you ‘will’ do it.  Today is the day!  However if you don’t know what to say….just say Jesus!

10-29-2015 Genesis 4:16-24

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16 Then Cain went out from the presence of the Lord and dwelt in the land of Nod on the east of Eden. 17 And Cain knew his wife, and she conceived and bore Enoch. And he built a city, and called the name of the city after the name of his son—Enoch. 18 To Enoch was born Irad; and Irad begot Mehujael, and Mehujael begot Methushael, and Methushael begot Lamech. 19 Then Lamech took for himself two wives: the name of one was Adah, and the name of the second was Zillah. 20 And Adah bore Jabal. He was the father of those who dwell in tents and have livestock. 21 His brother’s name was Jubal. He was the father of all those who play the harp and flute. 22 And as for Zillah, she also bore Tubal-Cain, an instructor of every craftsman in bronze and iron. And the sister of Tubal-Cain was Naamah. 23 Then Lamech said to his wives: “Adah and Zillah, hear my voice; Wives of Lamech, listen to my speech! For I have killed a man for wounding me, Even a young man for hurting me. 24 If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, Then Lamech seventy-sevenfold.”

Verse 16 tells us that Cain left the presence of the Lord.  I have lived both in the presence and out of the presence of the Lord and I have to tell you…. being in the presence of the Lord is so much better.  I have come to understand how walking with Jesus gives us the strength to overcome anything this world throws at us.  Jesus wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy 2:4).  There in lies the answer. We need to know the truth.  If you ask, God will reveal the truth.  Jesus said “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened” (Matthew 7:7-8).  Cain knew the truth and choose to disobey.  We have the same choice.  Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6).  The clear choice is “Jesus”.  However if you don’t know what to say…. just say Jesus!

10-28-2015 Genesis 4:6-15

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6 So the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? 7 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.” 8 Now Cain talked with Abel his brother;[a] and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him. 9 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?” 10 And He said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood cries out to Me from the ground. 11 So now you are cursed from the earth, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. 12 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.” 13 And Cain said to the Lord, “My punishment is greater than I can bear! 14 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.” 15 And the Lord said to him, “Therefore, whoever kills Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold.” And the Lord set a mark on Cain, lest anyone finding him should kill him.

Most of us know this story. Cain kills his brother and God sentences him to wander the earth aimlessly. To me there is so much more.  Why did Cain kill his brother Abel.  I think some of it is jealousy.  He wanted the blessing that his brother had from God.  We always seem to want what others have.  I hear people all the time complaining about what others have and what they don’t.  Jesus tells us to “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33).  So if we believe this and of course seek Him first we get it all.  The other direction leads to sin.  Paul the apostle wrote: “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).  Today I try imperfectly to put Jesus first, and I have everything I need. I have to say that most of my wants are satisfied also.  I don’t believe we can be truly satisfied by anything of this world. However when we look to Jesus first the rest seems to fall into place. Just for today try and put Jesus first. He won’t disappoint you.  Just say Jesus!

10-27-2015 Genesis 4:1-5

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Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, and said, “I have acquired a man from the Lord.” 2 Then she bore again, this time his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. 3 And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the Lord. 4 Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the Lord respected Abel and his offering, 5 but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell.

At first glance it looks as if God is playing favorites, however I believe Abel gave the best he had, and Cain gave his leftovers.  I think we all have been where Cain is.  We don’t always give it our best, especially with God.  Most of us know God is there and we call on Him when in a bind, but have you ever tried to give God 100%.  I’m not sure if I have, but I try.  I think that’s the important part.  God knows your heart and that’s really all God wants.  One day Jesus was teaching in the temple, and He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury,  and He saw also a certain poor widow putting in two mites.  So He said, “Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all;  for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings for God, but she out of her poverty put in all the livelihood that she had” (Luke 21:1-4).   When we give it all to God he knows, and when we don’t… he knows that too.  Jesus isn’t asking us to give away everything and be a pauper.  He just wants us to put Him first.  If you do everything changes.  I do it imperfectly, one day at a time to the best of my ability, honest, open, and willing.  You can too, however  if you don’t know what to say….just say Jesus!!!

 

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