Genesis 4: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
The Worshiper (4:1-5)
- God’s promise in 3:15 and Adam’s faith in 3:20 are both seen in 4:1.
- Eve brought new life into the world, and she thought her child was the promised Seed.
- The earliest family must have known a definite place for worship, for both sons brought offerings to the Lord.
- Cain had a form of godliness and religion, that Cain was a child of the devil, and this means he practiced a false righteousness of the flesh, not the righteousness of God through faith.
- Jude 1 talks about "the way of Cain" which is the way of religion without blood; religion based on religious good works and self-righteousness.
The Murderer: (4:6-8)
- James 1:15 warns us that sin begins in a small way, but grows and leads to death. So it was with Cain.
- We see disappointment, embarrassment, anger, jealousy, and finally murder.
- Genesis 3—we see man sinning against God by disobeying His Word; Genesis 4---we see man sinning against man.
The Wanderer (4:9-16)
- Abel’s blood cried out for vengeance.
- Christ’s blood cries out peace and forgiveness (Heb. 12:24)
- Cain would be a picture of humankind today: restless, hopeless, wandering, and defeated!
The Builder (4:17-26)
- In outward appearances, Cain’s "city" was a great success, but God made it clear that He had rejected the whole thing.
- Civilization today is Cainite in origin.
- We belong to God’s kingdom.
By: Bill Rodebaugh (Associate Pastor) | Date: June 02, 2019 | Expires: Jun 15, 2019 | Permalink |