ChIraq (Genesis 4:1-12)Dr. Sylvester Williams, May 17, 2015
Cain slew Abel because he dehumanized his brother
Certain communities become outraged when murder occurs INTERracially, but does any one care when murder is INTRAracially?
God requires us to love all our brothers (and sisters) regardless of color, economic status, religion, or anything that would seek to divide us.
Your countenance can fall like Cain's if you are not willing do your best for God. If you only do enough to get by then you can't be mad at God for blessing your poor effort. You have to be diligent and obedient to God.
God loves you enough that even when you disobey and mess up, he will put his mark upon you so that no one else will bother or avenge for your sins.
Sin lieth at the door. When you don't obey God then sin will "bear hug" you as soon as you open the door.
When you obey and do you best for God sin is your door mat to be stepped on and over.
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1And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD. 2And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. 3And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD. 4And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering: 5But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. 6And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? 7If 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. 8And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him. 9And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother's keeper? 10And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground. 11And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother's blood from thy hand; 12When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth. (KJV)
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