The Biblical Way – January 2

Read  Genesis 4

In today’s reading:

The sacrifices of Cain and Abel; Cain kills Abel; the genealogy of the human race from Adam to Noah; Noah’s ark

L as physical, spiritual, and eternal consequences of sin are amazing and irrevocable. It didn’t take long for Adam and Eve to realize their sinful nature. His first-born son, Cain, was jealous of his brother Abel and was angry with God because his sacrifice was not accepted.

«And Abel also brought some of the firstborn of his sheep. . . And the LORD looked upon Abel and his offering. . . “ (God received it favorably), ” but did not look with favor on Cain and his offering “ (Genesis 4: 4-5). The Lord reached out to Cain in love and offered him an opportunity to repent of his sin . “Then the Lord said to Cain,” Why have you been angry, and why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, will you not be exalted? and if you do not do well, sin is at the door ” (Genesis 4: 6-7). Although Cain’s offering, with the firstfruits of the land, recognized God as the Creator, it did not recognize Cain as a sinner. «. . . And without bloodshed there is no remission »(there is no forgiveness of sins) (Hebrews 9:22). “By faith Abel offered God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained testimony that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts” (Hebrews 11: 4). Abel brought the best to God as a thanksgiving offering, but he also recognized that he was a sinner when he “brought also of the firstborn of his sheep” (Genesis 4: 4), which means that he offered the sacrifice of the blood of a lamb as atonement for your sins.

The genealogy of “the sons of God” (Genesis 6: 2,4) continued through Eve’s third son, Seth (Genesis 5: 3), and through his lineage Jesus Christ would come into the world (Luke 3:38 ). Exactly how things sometimes happen today, so it happened back then: «. . . When the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful (people who lived in disobedience to God), they took women for themselves “ (Genesis 6: 2). It is sometimes thought that the marriage of believers with unbelievers is of some advantage. Their hearts can be filled with pride at the thought that such unequally yoked marriages can give illustrious men to the world. “These were brave who from ancient times were men of renown”(Genesis 6: 4). But these men did not live in obedience to God.

From the beginning, the biblical command has always been: “Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers” (II Corinthians 6:14).

Thought for today:Jesus Christ is the way that guides us from where we are, as sinners, to where God is.

Optional reading: Matthew 2

Verse of the week to learn by heart:Genesis 1: 1

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