When the Devil Raises Cain, God is Still Abel

First Corinthians chapter one and verse twenty-three says, But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.

Paul’s remarks in First Corinthians reveal a divine contrast between the Word of God and the wisdom of the world.  As I was speaking in Genesis chapter five on Sunday night, it became obvious to me that disobedience against the known will of God was found in the first generation of mankind, and man’s wisdom against the revealed will of God and murder can be found in the second generation of mankind.  It is the nature of flesh to resist the known will of God.

The Bible says in Genesis chapter four, And  Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.  And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.  And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof.  And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering: But unto Cain and to his offering, he had not respect.  And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.

Clearly, man’s way (CAIN’S OFFERING) was opposed to God’s way (ABEL’S OFFERING)- and it still is today.  “Man says, “Do!” God says, “Done!”  Man says, “Toil!”  God says, “Trust!”  Man says, “Behave.”  God says, “Believe!”  Man says, “Achieve!”  God says, “Accept!”   Cain, who founded the world’s first false religion, said, “I’ll bring the fruits of my own good works.”  His brother Abel said, “I’ll sacrifice a lamb without blemish.”   Cain’s religion emphasized beauty.  Abel’s emphasized blood.  Cain’s only compounded the curse; Abel simply claimed the Cross.  Cain’s religion produced a murderer; Abel’s faith produced a martyr.  Cain’s religion looks fine to man and Abel’s faith seems folly to man.  Cain’s religion illustrates man’s thoughts and man’s ways.  Abel’s offering illustrates God’s thoughts and God’s ways.  God is neither foolish or weak- He only seems so to self-inflated, ego-centered, Christ-rejecting men.”  (John Phillips, Exploring First Corinthians)

The Bible says, There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the ends thereof are the ways of death (Proverbs 16:25).  This dangerous way, however, can be avoided.  Our Lord said, I am the way, the truth and the life.  In those times in our lives as Christians when the godless culture tries to affect the way we think about God, the Bible, the church and one another, we ought to resist the culture, accept the Scripture as the very Word of God and choose to live God’s way.  Only then will God have respect unto our sacrifices and the world see God as He is revealed in Scripture.

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