Don’t court sin

“You will be accepted if you do right. But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master. Gen 4:7
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What played out between Cain and Abel after their respective gifts to God, does also happen among us as believers.

Cain is recorded as the first of the two siblings to prepare a gift to offer to Yahweh. Abel followed his older brother’s example, and also prepared a gift to offer to God.

Scripture again records the process of preparation of their individual gifts. Each presented an offering of what they worked at, Cain a farmer and Abel, a shepherd.
At harvest time, Cain brought together ” “some of his crops”; Abel on the other hand, brought ” *the best of the firstborn lambs*” from his flock.

Abel is shown to be meticulous and selective when it comes to preparing an offering for his LORD. He was seeking to show honor, reverence, deep appreciation and gratitude to Yahweh.
Cain appears careless and disrespectful in his approach to making and presenting his offering. He is unmindful of God’s awesome Presence, His majesty and the fact that He is the giver and owner of all things. To offer anything less than the best is to attempt to ridicule God and to treat Him with contempt!

God showed His acceptance through His response! He rejected Cain’s person together with his offering, but found joy in Abel and his gift.

It’s obvious both were seeking God’s approval. But Cain’s reaction to Abel after he was rejected reveals that he considered it a contest for God’s attention. Therefore, he turned sour on Abel, and began to resent him.
Cain should have repented and quickly gone to make a better offering, for God gave him the reason for his rejection,
*”you will be accepted if you do right”* (Gen 4:7).

But no. God no longer mattered. As far as Cain was concerned, Abel had beaten him to it, and he must put his kid brother in his proper place.

From that moment on, Cain began to plot and scheme out a revenge.
God, the Omniscient One, knew what was going on in Cain’s mind, and issued out a warning to him for refusing to right his wrong approach to God,

” . . . but if you refuse to do right, then watch out!” Gen 4:7.

Watch out for what? Sin. God in this verse outlined the pathway of sin:
First, when we know what is right, but refuse to do what is right, we are “inviting” sin. God is cautioning us to “watch out” for sin.

” *Remember, it is a sin to know what you ought to do, and then not do it” Jam 4:17

Next, when we refuse to heed to admonition, but continue to do what’s not right, sin draws near and “crouches” at the door of our soul. Dogs crouch, waiting for instructions and our affection. To crouch is to move the body close to the ground by bending your knees and leaning forwards slightly, especially so as to get closer to something. Sin moves closer to us when we persistently refuse to do what is right against godly counsel and wisdom. Don’t let sin control you!

Let go at this point. Refuse to allow sin to control you. But not yielding to sin’s control at the very moment does not make it go away on it’s own. Make it right. Remember, it’s the refusal to do right that brought sin around. That’s the sin of Omission.

Last, God told Cain to subdue sin and be it’s master. Make sin your servant, not your master! In respect of omission, go on, do the right thing.

We must not delight in blaming others when we sin by refusing to do what we know we ought to do. Apparently, this kind of sin comes at our own invitation! It crouches at our door because we call out to it. That is why we all need to confess *our* sin. Our, possessive. Sin is not a remote cause. That is why confession must follow repentance. We must repent of our sins of omission, confess and strive to forsake them by walking in the Spirit. That way, we are controlled by the Spirit, and sin is subdued.

Jam 1:14-15

” *Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death”*.

We need to own up and take responsibility when we sin. Sin is always eager to control us, but we are empowered to subdue and master it by yielding to the controlling power of Holy Spirit. We are not to encourage sin. Let us stay away from every appearance of evil.
The grace of our Lord Jesus be with us all.

Tancy, 09/2018
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Good morning

2 thoughts on “Don’t court sin

  1. Very good analysis of Cain and Abel, and very well put into a life lesson; a lesson we all need to hear, often it seems. Especially that we need to be on guard and take active steps against sin. And quite appropriate considering the Day of Atonement is just over.

    One other thing: you have a typographical error in your quote of Gen 4:7.

    Shalom. – Yosef

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