Tuesday, September 18, 2007
The Loneliness of Sin
Genesis 4: 3-15
Cain and Abel were the first brothers. Both went to the altar to offer a sacrifice to the Lord. God accepted Abelís offering, a firstling of his flock. The Bible says God respected Abel and his offering. But Cain did what he shouldn't have done; mainly, he offered something from the ground. God didn'tít accept the offering or respect Cain. Have you ever wondered why? I believe it was because in just a few short chapters prior to this encounter, God had cursed the ground. Able recognized the significance of giving the first and best. Cain became very angry. Notice that even after the Fall, God still talked with man. He asked Cain why he was so upset. Now, thatís a caring God if you ask me!
God told Cain that sin was waiting at the door and was desiring to take over in him. Wow! God was trying to teach Cain a lesson but he wasn'tít listening. He wanted to be resentful and angry to the point that it led to murder.
Verse 7 shows us that sin will pursue us and run us down if we allow it. We are to conquer the sin in our lives by mastering it. That tells me that sin will keep coming at me until I either give in to it or overcome it.
I often wondered why God asked Cain where his brother, Abel was. Doesnít God know everything? It reveals that Cain felt no remorse, no guilt for heíd done by killing Abel. By telling God his punishment was more than he could bear, he shows he wasnít really convicted about his sin, but only concerned about the consequences of getting caught. It would have told a different story if he had said, ďMy sin is greater than I can bear.Ē
This passage shows that God still talked with man even after they had fallen in the Garden. Cain had no sense of guilt because the Law had not yet been given. He had no fear of God. (Romans 5: 12, 13) God still desired to commune with man. It wasnít until after the Law was given that sin became evident. God talked with man up until Exodus 20: 18-21 and it was not Godís choice. God NEVER left man. Man chose to leave God.
As a result, Cain was destined to be a vagrant and a wanderer. A vagrant is defined as one who wanders from place to place without a permanent home or livelihood; a person who constitutes a public nuisance. No root, no plans, no future. A fugitive looking for some destination, some quiet haven, a place of safety and satisfaction.
Gen 5: 16 As a result of his conversation with Godóand notice, God was trying to help Cain with his anger and sadness, but Cain walked away. He left Godís presence. The loneliest people do not know Godís presence. Those who choose to walk away from Godís help are truly lonely. Separated from God with no hope of their own.
Here are some reasons for Cainís actions:
God had taught Adam and Eve the meaning of a blood sacrifice. They taught it to their children. Cain and Abel both knew the truth. Cain chose to not believe and offer whatever he wanted to offer instead of what God required.
Cain closed the door of communication and killed Abel out of his hatred. He chose not to master his anger and by killing his brother, he let sin master him.
It can be so easy to be like Cain.
The Stages of Sin
1. Anger. Cain became angry at the rejection of his sacrifice. This led him to start thinking. His countenance fell. He probably felt sorry for himself, too, which fed his anger. Not mastering his anger, he let it lead to murderous proportions and it overcame him. Sin crouched at the door and Cain let it in. Sin will usually crouch or try to hide until you are taken by it.
2. He lied to God
Cain went to talk to his brother, but his true intent was different. Not only did he have unbelief and hatred, but when God asked him ďwhereís your brother?Ē Cain was dishonest and said he didnít know, he wasnít his babysitter. Like satan, Cain was a liar and a murderer.
3. He despaired and was lonely. He reacted to feelings. He closed the door on the
Life God wanted for him. Genesis 4: 13óI believe the anger and the rejection he felt caused Cain to leave the sin unconfessed. Surely he knew Godís grace. Why didnít he trust God to forgive him? Instead, he blamed God, accusing Him of giving him a sentence greater than the sin.
4. Cain proclaimed his destiny: ďI am a wanderer and a fugitive.Ē Cain became a
farmer. Now he built a city to be rid of loneliness. He introduced manufacturing of tools and weapons of bronze and iron. He introduced human culture and civilization based on human effort. His civilization had broken-down standards. In verses 18 and 19 Cainís descendant Lamech had two wives. Godís standard is one.
Sin starts with a thought and turns into an action if the thought is entertained.
He settled in a place called Nod, which means wandering. The generational curse of murder began with Cain. In verse 23 Lamech killed two people. Cain built a city, a civilization and a culture without God. He had things and activities but no salvation. Cain was ultimately lonely looking for satisfaction. Sin was at the root of his loneliness. Not all loneliness is from sin. Thatís why examining yourself is so important.
Cain built a civilizationópeople had opportunity and culture, science, even a certain amount of technology, but Cain was still a fugitive and a wanderer because he was unrepentant and without God. Life without God is no life at all here or in eternity. John 10:10 ďThe thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life and have it more abundantly.Ē
Job also faces loneliness, but this was a different kind of loneliness. Job 19: 13-15 God will sometimes isolate you to get you to call out to Him. He will remove every distraction in order to become your best friend and itís only thought this separation that people will see change.
Loneliness is a malnourished soul that results from living on substitutes.