The Fruit of Sin

(Genesis 4:1-7)

As we examined the creation of man last week we noticed we were God’s crowning achievement. From clay in His hands, to thorns in His side, right to the apple of His eye.

  • Grace inacted
    • The ending of the story was the best part. 
      • God moved in to rescue the wretched hopeless creatures who had fallen so low. He did so in grace.
      •  Salvation is always by grace.
    • Adam like the rest of us tried to cover up his shame. 
      • He and his wife made a covering of fig leaves but soon discovered that his own self-effort would not do in the presence of God.
    • God who had been providing everything they needed, provided them with a covering.
      •  Right there in the garden; a place that had known nothing but tranquility and security blood was shed for the first time.
    • They must have stood there horrified as they saw the animal slaughtered. 
      • Here is this thing called death.
      • Its life removed its covering taken and made theirs. It was the first dramatic illustration of the ultimate cost of Calvary. Sin is a radical disease and calls for a radical cure.
  • To save this fallen pair God acted in grace but He also acted by governing. 
    • In the garden there still remained the tree of life. 
      • To the rebellious nature it sounds as if God was worried for His own protection.
      •  In truth, the reason God forced the couple out and placed the Cherubim there to protect the gate was once again, our protection. 
    • If they had of eaten of that tree they would have lived forever in their sins. 
      • They would have become like the fallen angels, incapable of death forever locked in their guilt, their shame and the penalty of sin. 
      • It would have been impossible to re-right the broken relationship. 
      • Impossible to find repentance, but God in his infinite mercy and abundant grace protected us from ourselves.
    • One of the effects sin has had on creation is the distortion of the mind.
      •  Without the power of the Holy-Spirit we see up as down, left as right, Holy as hellish, righteous as rebellious. 
      • The first offspring of Adam and Eve reveal that caricature. 

In chapter (4:1-7) We see the root of sin producing the fruit of sin.

  • A man
    • Eve thinks she has delivered the Christ. God had already promised a seed that would bruise the serpents head. It shows that they had not yet learned the depth of sins pit.
      •  It takes you farther than you want to go, keeps you longer then you want to stay and cost you more than you want to pay.
    • It is apparent these two boys were brought up knowing of God and sin and the whole garden scene.
      •  The bible says in (Heb 11:4) By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.
      • (Ro 10:17) So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
    • In verse 3 “ Cain brought” is the idea of an appointed place. It would indicate they had been instructed.
      • As we look at this account lets us remember they are without excuse. Though it is not wrote down for us to see it is apparent that over time they had been introduced to what God expected.
  • A man-centered scheme. The bible says: (Pr 16:2) All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the spirits.
    • God made the first sacrifice to cover man’s shame. 
      • We can figure since God spoke to Noah (Chp.9) and then told Moses to write (Le 17:11) For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.
      •  It was the standard.
    • Cain ignored all that. 
      • He brought what he wanted to bring. To worship how he thought was best.
      • So began the philosophy that salvation had to be earned, that it had to be merited, purchased at the cost of one’s own effort.
      • Cain brought to God fruit which he labored over, toiled.
    • The notion that good works merit salvation is at the heart of every false religion on earth and in the heart of every cult of Christendom.
    • Though Cain’s offering was impressive and beautiful in its outward form,
      • It was founded on error and on willful disobedience to God’s truth.  
      • It is bluntly called by God “the way of Cain: and marked down as apostasy.(Jude11)
  • A man-centered sacrifice:
    • Don’t miss this. 
      • Cain’s offering was undoubtedly costly. It may have been more costly than Able’s.
      •  It was the result of toil, effort, hard work, persistence, and careful thought.
    • You could imagine, the most beautiful flowers, the sweetest aroma filled the air.
      •  The biggest, brightest, ripest fruit the earth had to offer. 
      • It was the best of the best. It was for God.
    • Cain did not come by faith, trusting and taking God at His word. 
      • He came on his own.
    • He was willing to worship.
      • But on his own terms. 
    • His plan made since to him. 
      • Couldn’t see why it would not be good enough.
    • The bible does not record any thought on Cain’s part that what he was doing was an offence to God.
      •  Not that he didn’t know but he justified it in his mind.
    • Just as the animal in the garden was a foreshadowing of the atonement of Christ that would cover our transgression.
      •  Every sacrifice was pointing to the sacrificial Lamb of God.
    •  Cain’s offering was the beginning of the world’s attempt to please God.
      • Doing it our way. Our time. 
      •  The giving of everything except self.
  • A man-centered satisfaction:
    • Cain could stand back and survey his offering with pride.
      • You can almost hear him. ‘There! That should please Him. That cost me a great deal, it’s beautiful. I have done my best, even God couldn’t expect more than that.
    • It was all wrapped up in what he thought God should want. 
      • Sound familiar? A lot like today
    • It was purely man-centered not God centered.( Pr 16:25 )There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
      • The difference between Cain and Able, between the religious and the real. Is not in the person themselves but in the object they trust.
    •  The one follows their heart. Their feelings. 
      • Derived from a mind stained by sin.
    • The other follows God’s word.
      • Accepts what and how God provides for them.
  • A mercy-centered plea.
    • Even after Cain chose to come his way God continued to pursue a relationship with him.
      • The bible says: (2Pe 3:9) The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance 
    • God invited Cain to come the right way.(V7)
      • (Ge 4:7) If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.
    • How many perish.
      • Not because God is not seeking reconciliation and offering The Way, but they refuse and instead hold to their way 
    • How many are paralyzed by sins strike and infect all those around them, not because God is not calling them back. 
      • But they refuse to repent God’s way. Instead, like Cain bring what they think God should want.

God’s inviting you today.

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