Saturday, December 22, 2012

Genesis 4

And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.  Genesis 3:8

We have seen God as the Creator, creating and sustaining all that there is by His power. Holding all of creation, including each and every human being, up in existence. We live and move and have our breath in Him. One point we need to see in creation is that man was the crowing point of His creation. But man was not the goal of His creation, man was created on the sixth day. But there was a seventh day. On that day God rested from all His work and He blessed it and made it holy. That was the goal of Creation. A holy day. It was for humankind. That's the importance of saying that a Christian main duty and function is to live and do everything to the glory of God. God is holy and we are not operating properly until we operate from that fact. God created a day so that we might remind ourselves that He is holy. It shows the importance of our worship, of gathering together to honor and bring glory to our Creator.

We saw in our last study the most horrible thing that has happened in the history of creation, Adam and Eve's rebellion against God, their fall into sin, and as representatives of the human race, the enslavement of everyone born after  them to a sinful nature. The verse I have listed above shows the immediate consequences of sin. Before their sin they walked with God in the cool of the day, now that they have chosen sin they try and hide from the presence of God. Sinners hide from God, or to be more exact, they try to hide from God. They do not want to have anything to do with God why? because He is HOLY. Sin and Holiness do not mix, cannot mix. Sin is the enemy of God and He has promised to do away with it.

In Genesis four we see the first murder Cain kills his brother Abel. God did not accept his worship offering, primarily as we see is because Cain's heart was not right before God and He offered what he wanted to offer and expected God blessings to be on what he offered. God is not obligated to accept what we present as worship. He has prescribed a proper way and method to worship. The later record of Scripture shows us that God required the shedding of blood, the animal sacrifices of the people Israel and the death of Christ point to this. Cain shed blood and presented his offering to God, Abel offered what he wanted. We see the consequences of this error on every turn in today so-called worship of many of the churches. Offering up whatever they think is right and expect God to accept it. Anyone with a little bit of sense can see that it is foolishness. It shows a complete mis-apprehension of the holiness of God. The trash that we can see everyday on You Tube is ungodly and doesn't have anything to do with the true living God. It is evil because it is used by the world to display God in a way that turns hearts further into the darkness they already are in. The dividing line between true worshippers of God and false worshippers of God can be seen in the story of Cain and Abel. Read these first chapters of the Bible God gets your attention right away to show you that their is a difference. Man cannot make up religion and offer it to God. God has laid out the foundation of how we are to worship Him. We sin in Genesis four the continuing downward spiral of humankind trapped in sin and lost to the intimacy of God. This chapter ends with the hope and purpose of God, it shows God has not abandoned His creation to Satan and evil and sin. He still intends to bring about a people unto Himself, letting us know that no power can fully thwart His goal, there will be those, inspite of the evil, in spite of the sin, in spite of the foolishness, who will count Him as Holy and reverence Him with the Glory and Honor He deserves. Chapter four verse twenty six says "To Seth also a son was born, and he called his name Enosh. At that time people began to call upon the name of the LORD." We should praise Him because He still is drawing out true worshippers even today.

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