Cain rejected God, do we?

Genesis chapter 4 narrates the sacrifices which Cain and Abel brought to God and the events which followed. You should consider reading the chapter and see if these thoughts fit with what the Bible says:

Cain and Abel both brought sacrifices to God. Abel’s was acceptable and Cain’s was not. The book of Hebrews tells us that Abel offered a sacrifice by faith (11:4). If we accept what Paul said in Romans (10:17) that faith come by hearing the Word of God, the we are safe to conclude that God told them what was acceptable and that one did it, while the other did not.  In other words, God does not make us guess about what is pleasing to Him, he clearly lays it out for us.

Of course, the problem was not just an incorrect sacrifice, but the reaction to God’s rejection of that sacrifice. Cain got angry! His countenance fell. In other words, he was highly upset that his sacrifice was not accepted and perhaps even more upset that Abel’s had been. Yet God still took time to talk with Cain, encourage him to do right and warn him about the consequences of doing wrong.

Cain, however, choose to reject God’s counsel and do things his own way. He reacted by killing his own brother.  Whatever the motive for Cain to do this (and many have been suggested), Cain did not rule  over sin. He allowed sin to rule over him. He soon found out that the consequences were more difficult than if he had simply humbled himself before God and had done what he had been asked to do.

The lesson we can learn for ourselves is that, even today, God has not left himself without a testimony of what He wants from those who will follow Him. However, many of those who want (say they want) to follow Him do not even take a moment to read what God has said. They go through life, offering up sacrifices which God neither requested nor desired. They should not be surprised when God rejects the sacrifice and suggests that “if they do well, they will be accepted”.

Are we like Cain who does not listen to God’s word or are we like Abel who did…and through it, though he is dead, he still speaks?

 

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About Steven Sarff

If I were to offer any one piece of advice to one wishing to serve God, it would be to put Hebrews 11:6 and Acts 17:11 into action and let God guide you to grow in the grace and knowledge of His Son Jesus Christ.

Posted on February 23, 2014, in Cain, Love, sin and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. THE COROLLARY OF REJECTION BY STEVE FINNELL

    The corollary of rejecting positive commands always results in negative outcomes.

    EXAMPLE: If you are commanded to eat food and drink water so you may stay alive; the inference is if you do not eat and drink you will die.

    THE COROLLARIES OF SALVATION!

    Acts 16:30-31 and after he brought them out, he said. “Sirs, what must I do to be saved ?” 31 They said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.

    The positive command: Believe in the Lord Jesus to be saved.

    The corollary: If you do not believe you will remain lost.

    Matthew 10:22 You will be hated by all because of My name, but it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved.

    The positive statement: Endure to the end to be saved.

    The corollary: Those who do not endure will be lost.

    Mark 16:16 ….and has been baptized shall be saved…..

    The positive statement: Has been baptized shall be saved.

    The corollary: Those who have not been baptized will not be saved.

    John 10:9 I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.

    The positive statement: Jesus said enter through Him and you will be saved.

    The corollary: If you do not enter through Jesus you will be lost.

    Acts 2:21 ‘And it shall be that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’

    The positive statement: Everyone who calls on the Lord will be saved.

    The corollary: If you do not call on the Lord you will not be saved.

    Romans 10:9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead. you will be saved;

    The positive statement: Confess Jesus as Lord and believe in the bodily resurrection of Jesus and you will be saved.

    The corollary: Fail to confess and believe and you will be lost.

    Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

    The positive statement: Repent and be baptized and your sins will be forgiven and you will receive the gift the the Holy Spirit.

    The corollary: Reject baptism and fail to repent; and your sins will not be forgiven and you will not receive the indwelling gift of the Holy Spirit.

    1 Corinthians 5:1-5…..I have decided to deliver such a one to Satan, for the destruction of his flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

    The positive statement: If the church disciplines immoral church members and they repent they will be saved.

    The corollary: If the church fails to discipline immoral church members and they fail to repent they will be lost.

    Act 3:19 Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord;

    The positive statement: If you repent of your unbelief and sin, and turn toward God your sins will be wiped away.

    The corollary: If you do not repent your sins will remain on your record.

    2 Thessalonians 2:10 and with all the deception of the wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved.

    The negative statement: Some men will not be saved because they did not love the truth.

    The corollary: If you love the truth you will be saved.

    1 Peter 3:20-21…safely through water. 21 Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you—not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience—through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,

    The positive state: Baptism saves you because of your appeal to God.

    The corollary: If you do not appeal to God through water baptism, then, baptism cannot save you.

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