November 9, 1986
Early in the history of man, Adam and Eve’s legacy of sin manifested itself to devastating effect in Cain’s jealousy toward Abel. In this message from Genesis 4, Alistair Begg challenges us to examine our own hearts. Though our attitudes may not lead to murder like Cain’s did, jealousy’s destructive power remains an evil that lurks in every soul. Like all sin, it can only be overcome by bringing it out into the light.
1Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, “I have gotten1 a man with the help of the Lord.” 2And again, she bore his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, and Cain a worker of the ground. 3In the course of time Cain brought to the Lord an offering of the fruit of the ground, 4and Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat portions. And the Lord had regard for Abel and his offering, 5but for Cain and his offering he had no regard. So Cain was very angry, and his face fell. 6The Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why has your face fallen? 7If you do well, will you not be accepted?2 And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for3 you, but you must rule over it.”
8Cain spoke to Abel his brother.4 And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel and killed him.
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Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Text provided by the Crossway Bibles Web Service.