The Ripening of Sin

Sermon Date: 3/7/21

Gen 4:16-

We have seen the root of sin.

 In the Garden of Eden where our grandparents chose for us and themselves, that they were going to decide what was best for them. In that moment the creation grasped for the authority that had belonged to God as our creator, and attempted to take it for themselves. Mankind decided to be our own god’s

We looked at the fruit of sin.

We saw that Cain was the creator of false religion. His philosophy was Plan “B” salvation had to be earned, that it had to be merited, purchased at the cost of one’s own effort. 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)

This morning I would like to follow the path laid out before us and notice the ripening of sin.

Two ancestral lines. As we look continue in chapter four we see two linages being laid out.

  • The ungodly. (4:16-24)
    • I believe our tell- tell sign begins in (V.16) Cain went out from the presence of the Lord.
      • This isn’t hard to understand. When you are living wrong, rather born again or not, you don’t like being around people whose lives and actions bring out your wrongness.
      • A believer when they step outside of God’s will don’t want to go gather with His church, read His word, sing His songs. Don’t like to be around His people.
      • A non-believer aint interested in living right and has come up with 500 reasons why their way is just fine. By the way you might be reason 372!
    • This wording is very important. It shows a digression in Cain’s life. He purposely, thoughtfully, turned away from God, and went to the land of wandering, (Nod)
      the place the church pew or seat sends many.
      • The bible says (Pr 21:16) ¶ The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead.
      • To our knowledge Cain left and never came back. It wouldn’t be as bad if our sin, our decisions only affected us.
    • In our study of Holiness we were reminded that often we can see the sin that hurts ourselves but fail to recognize our sins that hurt others every day.
      • In verse 19 we see the downward trend continue. Lamech began an open attack on the primordial law of marriage. He took two wives. Don’t be misled God didn’t ok this.
    • Did God’s people participate? Let me answer with a question. Does the world still influence the church today?
      • Because few will stand up and stand out and trust God, the world’s ways often have more impact on the church than the church on the world.
      • Remember? We trust what has authority over our life.
  • The unworldly.4:25-5
    • In the last part of this chapter and flowing into the next we see a new linage started and an amazing pronouncement. then men began to call upon the name of the LORD.
      • Though we haven’t even scratched the surface of how bad things had gotten God is letting us know He always has His people where He wants them.
      • Isn’t this a good thing to know even today?
    • As we started this study in Genesis we made note of how God really loves beginnings. Today He is offering some of you a new beginning a real beginning.
      • Here we see God not only revealing a new birth but also a new book. (Chp.5:1)
      • Notice it is not an entire family album. God only records in it those who follow Him. Cain’s line has been dropped only to be picked up where it crosses the Godly.
    • As we go through this chapter it begins to look discouraging, hopeless. It is like walking through a cemetery. At the end of every family we see the words  “and he died”.
      • Remember the lie of Satan?  ( Ge 3:4) And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:  God is kind of underscoring what He said would happen.
      • Our Lord’s half brother: (Jas 1:15) Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
      • All through the 5th chapter as we hear the toiling of the bell God is proving Satan a liar.
    • This is not just a told you so scene.
      • It is much, so much more than that. What you notice in this is two things not mentioned in the line of Cain. The words “and he lived” and “he died.”
  • The uncanny :
    • Now just like today. Those who lived for God to be a witness in a dark world was looked upon as those who accomplished nothing, were unsung and unnoticed by the world.
      • But God recorded that they lived, twice it is wrote down for most of them. This is not the case with Cain’s kinfolk. 
    • No doubt that thought they lived. They built cities, were innovative, their secular advancements marked them out as having the good life.
      • But God never said that, for they were dead in their trespasses and sins. 
    • Seth’s kinfolk lived. Jesus said -Joh 10:10 “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
      • This is exactly the case. Satan had stolen from this whole group of people the good life and substituted a life of slavery. They were slave to their addictions, their contraptions, to their fortunes.
      • Whereas those who trusted God was living life to its fullest.
    • This is not some hype that Jesus spoke to fill the pages of His word. Knowing, living, serving Jesus brings abundant never ending, exciting, purposeful life.
      • It is not that its untainted by problems, hurts and pain, but that He; when we trust and yield to Him comforts us even through our troubles. We live in a sin saturated world and go through its effects like anybody else.
    • Not only did God record that Seth and his family lived they also died.
      • The bible is silent about the death of Cain’s family because heaven has no interest in their deaths. Like their empty, shallow meaningless lives, their deaths are an eternal shame.
      • The bible says: (Ps 116:15) Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints. Each death of the saints is a celebration day in heaven. Another one made it home.
    • Don’t take this wrong. Abundant life does not start after we leave this earth. That is just the icing on the cake. Abundant life starts the moment you accept for yourself Gods redeeming plan of salvation.
      • I realize you have many examples of those who talk out of both sides of their mouth. This is not about them it is about you.
    • Just like Cain, God gave opportunity to repent and come his way but Cain refused. Today God is giving you yet another chance to be real with Him

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