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Welcome back to Joe’s Podcast. I am your host, Missionary Joe Consford; and it is my privilege to get to spend this time with you each week. This is the show to help us build a better relationship with you as your missionaries in West Africa. Please feel free to contact me at any time. I would love to be a blessing to you! My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
This week is the third lesson in our Salvation Series. I really enjoy getting to tell people the Gospel story. The purpose of this lesson is to show us that it is not enough to just be sincere. We have to trust that God’s way is good enough.
Cain and Abel
- Cain and Abel both had to stand before God.
Ecclesiastes 11:9 Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment.
- Cain brought the best he had, but his best was not accepted by God.
Jude 11 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain,…
- Abel brought a lamb for sacrifice, and the Lord accepted it.
Hebrews 10:17-18 17And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. 18Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.
- Why did God accept Abel’s sacrifice and not Cain’s sacrifice?
Hebrews 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.
A. Cain was very sincere, but being sincere is not enough.
Proverbs 16:25 There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
Matthew 7:21-23 21Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
B. It was sin when Cain did not bring the right offering.
1 John 3:12 Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous.
- God gave Cain a second chance.
Genesis 4:6-7 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.
We have to remember that Cain and Abel knew the story of Adam and Eve getting kicked out of the garden and what had to happen before they were able to stand before God.
We have to believe that Adam did not keep all of this from his sons.
The Scriptures make it plain that the Lord did not somehow reject Cain up to that point, but instead He had loved him and encouraged him.
Cain ignored this love and encouragement, as it seems he ignored a great deal more of the Word of God.
Cain was too prideful to accept God’s covering of blood. He wanted to bring his own thing.
- We see that God will only accept one gift.
Hebrews 9:22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.
We saw that with Adam and Eve there had to be blood. In the story of Cain and Abel, it is the same thing.
- God has told us how to stand before Him and be accepted, but most of the world wants to try to come to Him Cain’s way.
Hebrews 12:24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.
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That brings us to the end of this week’s episode of Joe’s Podcast.
Have a great week, and God bless!