“If God called his Holy Spirit out of the world, about 95 percent of what we are doing would go on and we would brag about it.
”This blunt statement about church programs by Dr. Carl Bates of Amarillo, Texas, was coupled with an equally blunt question to
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Cain’s religion was characterized by four things:
1. Force (v. 8) - Before it was an hour old, Cain’s religion produced the first murder.
2. Falsehood (v. 9) - False religion in God’s name propagates a gigantic lie.
3. Futility (vv. 10-12) - False religion made Cain a fugitive and vagabond.
4. Fear - (vv. 13-15) - There was no repentance in Cain’s religion, just resentment.
Cain did not heed the warning of the Lord. Anger opened the door, and sin devoured him. The Lord brought Cain to trial immediately. After Cain kills his brother Abel he is questioned by God in a similar manner as his father was for the sin he had committed. Cain was evasive and claimed both ignorance and innocence. Of course this was a lie and God knew all about this the same way He knows about everything we do.
The results of Cain’s sin and unrepentance were twofold (v. 12):
1. The ground would not yield crops when tilled by Cain which meant that he was driven away from his vocation of farming.
2. God condemned him to a life of ceaseless wandering and to seeking out a living in whatever manner he could.
Cain immediately complained to the Lord saying, “My punishment is greater than I can bear" (v.13). The punishment troubled Cain, not the sin. Think of it, he has just killed his brother and now he is blaming God for being too harsh with him. People today are the same way. They complain about the trouble they have, when it is a result of their sinful way of living. Though totally undeserving Cain received mercy from the Lord who hated the sin, but loved the sinner.
Perhaps one of the most needed teaching in homes today is the fact that God sees and knows about everything we do. I need to constantly be reviewing this truth with people under my influence.
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Genesis 1:1-8Creation (Earth, Light And Sky)
Genesis 1:9-19Creation (Land, Plants, Sun, Moon, Stars)
Genesis 1:20-25Creation (Fish, Birds And Animals)
Genesis 1:26-31Creation (Man)
Genesis 2:1-9Life Began
Genesis 2:10-17Choice Between Good And Evil
Genesis 2:18-25A Companion For Adam
Genesis 3:1-7The Beginning of Sin
Genesis 3:8-13Adam And Eve Hide in The Garden
Genesis 3:14-24The Trouble With Sin
Genesis 4:1-7Cain And Abel
Genesis 4:8-15Cain Murders Able
Genesis 4:16-24The Line of Cain
Genesis 4:25-26Seth is Born
Genesis 5:1-24Five Patriarchs Lived Over 900 Years
Genesis 5:25-32Noah Brings Comfort to Those Under The Curse of Death
Genesis 6:1-8Sons of God and Daughters of Men
Genesis 6:9-12God Warns Noah
Genesis 6:13-22Noah Builds The Ark
Genesis 7:1-9Entering The Ark
Genesis 7:10-24It Rained 40 Days And Nights