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Doing Our Thing Rather Than What Is Right – Genesis 4:2–7 (NLT)

Doing Our Thing Rather Than What Is Right

 

Genesis 4:2–7 (NLT) – “Later she gave birth to his brother and named him Abel. When they grew up, Abel became a shepherd, while Cain cultivated the ground. When it was time for the harvest, Cain presented some of his crops as a gift to the LORD. Abel also brought a gift—the best portions of the firstborn lambs from his flock. The LORD accepted Abel and his gift, but he did not accept Cain and his gift. This made Cain very angry, and he looked dejected. “Why are you so angry?” the LORD asked Cain. “Why do you look so dejected? You will be accepted if you do what is right. But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master.”

1 John 3:12–13 (NLT) – “We must not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and killed his brother. And why did he kill him? Because Cain had been doing what was evil, and his brother had been doing what was righteous. So don’t be surprised, dear brothers and sisters, if the world hates you.”

God did not accept Cain and his offering. I would like you to notice, first of all, that Cain already “belonged” to satan. His relationship and commitment to satan did not affect his acknowledgment of God (James 2:19) but did affect how he treated God. He brought God what he wanted to give, not the best. Abel brought God the best portions of the first fruits from the flock. God did not push Cain away. He told Cain that he and his offering would also be accepted if he would do what was right. God warned him that sin was waiting to control him if he did not choose to do what was right. He chose wrong. I encourage you to choose right. Never do what you want to do; choose to do what is right.

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