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Monday, July 31, 2017

Cain: Murder One

July 31

(Genesis 4:1-16 NIV) ""Adam lay with his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain. She said, "With the help of the Lord I have brought forth a man." {2} Later she gave birth to his brother Abel. Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. {3} In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord. {4} But Abel brought fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering, {5} but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast. {6} Then the Lord said to Cain, "Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? {7} If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it." {8} Now Cain said to his brother Abel, "Let's go out to the field." And while they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him. {9} Then the Lord said to Cain, "Where is your brother Abel?" "I don't know," he replied. "Am I my brother's keeper?" {10} The Lord said, "What have you done? Listen! Your brother's blood cries out to me from the ground. {11} Now you are under a curse and driven from the ground, which opened its mouth to receive your brother's blood from your hand. {12} When you work the ground, it will no longer yield its crops for you. You will be a restless wanderer on the earth." {13} Cain said to the Lord, "My punishment is more than I can bear. {14} Today you are driving me from the land, and I will be hidden from your presence; I will be a restless wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me." {15} But the Lord said to him, "Not so ; if anyone kills Cain, he will suffer vengeance seven times over." Then the Lord put a mark on Cain so that no one who found him would kill him. {16} So Cain went out from the Lord's presence and lived in the land of Nod, east of Eden.""

Cain, the son of Adam and Eve, made his mark in life, but it was not the kind of mark you write home about. His mother was talked into sinning by the serpent, and just one generation later, Cain couldn’t be talked out of sinning… even by God. Cain didn’t just leave his door open for the sin that was crouching outside of it -- he went out and dragged it into his house. Instead of turning to God, Cain turned on his brother. Instead of moving to eliminate his carnality, Cain moved to eliminate his competition. The result was the first recorded murder -- what police and lawyers call “murder one”. When God shows His displeasure and sends a Spirit of conviction, the proper response from people of faith is to repent and seek forgiveness. Cain’s response was anger, indignation, and defiance. His only sorrow was for the dire consequences of his sin. This man definitely earned his mark. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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