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The Fugitive

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 |

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