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Lessons From Abel’s Death. Genesis 4:1-15. Introduction. The first murder Similar motivation Jealousy and envy Haven’t come very far Seems to be digressing Valuable truths to be learned. God’s Rules Must Be Obeyed. The brothers made sacrifices Cain- Fruit of the ground

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introduction
Introduction
  • The first murder
    • Similar motivation
    • Jealousy and envy
  • Haven’t come very far
    • Seems to be digressing
    • Valuable truths to be learned
god s rules must be obeyed
God’s Rules Must Be Obeyed
  • The brothers made sacrifices
    • Cain- Fruit of the ground
    • Abel- Animal (Genesis 4:3, 4)
  • “In the process of time …”
    • “Lit. at the end of days, i.e., after a considerable lapse of time (Keil & Delitzsch, Vol.1, p. 68)
    • Old enough to understand
god s rules must be obeyed1
God’s Rules Must Be Obeyed
  • God told Cain if he would do well he would be accepted
    • We can be accepted too (v. 7)
    • If not, sin awaits us (1 Peter 5:8)
god s rules must be obeyed2
God’s Rules Must Be Obeyed
  • Doing well involves …
    • Worship (Matthew 15:8, 9)
    • Proper living (Philippians 3:17)
    • Proper relationships (Matthew 7:12; Philippians 2:3, 4)
    • Attitude toward government (Romans 13:1-7; 1 Timothy 2:2)
getting mad won t change the bible
Getting Mad Won’t Change The Bible
  • Cain was mad, then sad
    • Didn’t change anything (vv. 5, 6)
    • A child’s temper tantrum
  • God didn’t change His rules
    • Didn’t “stroke Cain’s ego” (v. 7)
    • Some think God will change the rules (Matthew 7:21-23)
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Getting Mad Won’t Change The Bible
  • Many in the Bible like this
    • Naaman (2 Kings 5:11, 12, 14)
    • Suppose Saul of Tarsus was ever mad at Christians? (Acts 26:4-11)
    • Paul was filled with remorse later (Acts 9:9-19)
effects of the word on others
Effects of The Word on Others
  • One of two ways
    • Submission
    • Hardening of the heart
  • Cain’s situation
    • Became defiant (v. 9)
    • Disaster results from defiance
    • Submission brings delight
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Effects of The Word on Others
  • Many Bible examples
    • Abraham’s submission (Genesis 22:1)
    • Pharaoh’s hardening (Exodus 5-12)
    • Agrippa’s hardening (Acts 26:28)
live with physical consequences
Live With Physical Consequences
  • Cain was to suffer
    • Mark placed on him (vv. 11-16)
    • Supposed he had regret (Proverbs 13:15)
  • No different today
    • Sin still brings consequences
    • God still loves them (Acts 17:30; 2 Peter 3:9)
power of examples
Power of Examples
  • Affects other generations
    • Lamech (Genesis 4:19-24)
lamech s song
Lamech’s Song

“Hear my voice ye wives of Lamech, hearken unto my speech; for I have slain a man to my wounding, and a young man to my hurt. If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, truly Lamech seventy and sevenfold” (Genesis 4:23, 24)

power of examples1
Power of Examples
  • Affects other generations
    • Lamech (Genesis 4:19-24)
    • Didn’t like God’s rules
    • Not sorrowful, but proud
    • Opposite of Enoch (Genesis 5:21-24)
    • Guaranteeing revenge
power of examples2
Power of Examples
  • Our example affects others
    • Children and grandchildren (Nehemiah 4:14)
    • Train them (Ephesians 6:4)
    • Watching every move we make
conclusion
Conclusion
  • Look at what we learned
  • Let’s not follow in Cain’s way