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The Difference Between. Cain and Abel. Home designed by the Creator Increase of human family Companionship - happiness Training of Children Glory of God Problem in the first home - Genesis 4:1-16. The Difference Between. Cain and Abel. Not their occupations. Abel - a keeper of sheep

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The Difference Between

Cain and Abel

  • Home designed by the Creator
    • Increase of human family
    • Companionship - happiness
    • Training of Children
    • Glory of God
  • Problem in the first home - Genesis 4:1-16
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The Difference Between

Cain and Abel

Not their occupations

Abel - a keeper of sheep

Cain - a tiller of the ground

Honorable means of labor

Some dishonorable occupations

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The Difference Between

Cain and Abel

Not Genetic

Know more about genetics

Some diseases

Hair, eye color, stature

No genetic power to cause anyone to sin

Cain and Abel shared genetics from same parents

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The Difference Between

Cain and Abel

Not in Environment

Debate over genetics and environment

50% nature & 50% nurture

40% nature & 60% nurture

CHOICE

Two people grow up in same family

Different lives - CHOICE

Eve and Adam

Cain and Abel

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The

Real

Difference Between

Cain and Abel

Their Approach to God

Abel’s approach to God was pleasing to God

Cain’s approach to God was not pleasing to God

We want too much information !

Told all we need to know

“Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering”

“unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect”

The men are connected with their offering !

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New Testament Passages

1 John 3:11 “For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.

12 Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother's righteous.

His approach to God was not right

It was not occupation,

genetics or

environment

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New Testament Passages

Jude 11 “Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the rebellion of Korah.”

Did not approach God as He desired

Reacted to his own sin by anger and murder

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New Testament Passages

Heb. 11:4 “By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead still speaks.”

One acted on faith - The other did not

Abel was counted as righteous

Not because of occupation, genetics, or environment

But because of his faith

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Three Lessons for us Today

Our approach to God must be according to His Will

Some think God is obligated to accept what we do

What would Cain say ?

Do the will of God

Psalms 143:10 “Teach me to do you will, for you are my God ! “

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Three Lessons for us Today

Anger toward the righteous brings no good result

Cain is an example

Bitterness within Cain solved no problem

James 3:13-18

v. 16 “for where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.”

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Three Lessons for us Today

God holds us accountable to rule over sin

We can be forgiven when faith in Christ brings us to repentance and obedience.

God holds us accountable to take personal action against sin

…to be rid of it, to avoid it, to confess it

“You should rule over it.” Gen. 4:7

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Three Lessons for us Today

God holds us accountable to rule over sin

1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”

1 John 2:1 “And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.”

This is how we rule over sin !

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The Difference Between

Cain and Abel

Cain’s misbehavior led to murder

Why? He was angry !

His approach to God was the problem

We learn from his example that we must do the will of God.

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Sermon by Arthur Pigman

Evans Church of Christ

515 Gibbs Road

Evans, Ga. 30809

706-855-1249

evanscoc@bellsouth.net

www.evansgachurchofchrist.org

Sunday Evening April 8, 2012