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Pamphlet #6228 Genesis KC 10-2

Plain and simply,
like it or not,
believe it or not,
Cain was Satan's son, not Adam's.

Once again, remember that in Gen 3:15 God said
that He would enmity between Satan's seed (offspring)
and Eve's seed (offspring).

That enmity produced the first murder!

Genesis 4:3 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.
"In process of time" means "at (the) end of days"
and shows that there was an appointed time to bring an offering.

The place and the offering would have been appointed as well.

Notice that Cain did not bring a sacrificial offering, for there is no blood shed.

We also know from the Book of Jude that his offering was merely a "religious act",
for his way was that of natural religion, not the way God had appointed.

Cain's heart was not in the right place,
and he was not being honest, as we shall document in verse seven.

Keep in mind that our Father knows the hearts and minds of Cain and Abel
(and you and me as well).

Jude 1:11
Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.
Dr. Moffat translates this verse, "Woe to them!

they go the road of Cain, rush into Balaam's error for what it brings them,
and perish in Korah's rebellion."

In other words, Cain's offering was self-serving.

[4] 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:
Abel brought the choicest, nicest, unblemished lamb from his sheep herd
that he could find among the firstlings.

What a great attitude!

[5] But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.
Let's see what we have here.

Cain brings some "fruit of the ground"
(it doesn't say of the first fruits, or of the fat thereof, or the best of the best)
and presents it to the LORD, figuring he's done his duty to the letter of the law.

That should be acceptable and good enough to find favor with the LORD.

How would the Lord know, anyway, that he just grabbed some produce off the pile,
in a "rush" as we just read in Jude 11?

So the LORD, knowing what is in Cain's heart,
doesn't buy this religious routine of just plopping a few extra brussels sprouts in the offering plate.

Does Cain then examine himself and his motives to see the error of his ways,
in order that he might repent and change his attitude?

No way!

His name means "possession" and he is out to "get", not give.

So he performs another religious act and gets PO'd (a slang contraction for angry) at the LORD
for not believing his "insincerity" and not accepting his inappropriate, non-sacrificial offering.

There is nothing new under the sun.

Many people to this day wonder why God doesn't bless them.

Perhaps they haven't read Matthew 22:37 Jesus said unto him,
"Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart,
and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind."
(Not just Sunday morning by bringing a few extra tokens and throwing them in the offering plate.)

[6] And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?
[7] If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.
Dr. Moffat (Moffat Bible) best translates this verse:
Gen. 4:7 If your heart is honest, you would surely look bright? If you are sullen, sin is lying in wait for you, eager to be at you - yet you ought to master it.
The point is that Cain was not honest and God knew it,
but our Father still gave him a chance.

If he would just be honest, God would accept his offering.

But he would not, for there was no honesty in him,
because "his father", the father of lies, was in him.

[8] And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.
Cain wasn't "talking" with his brother,
he was luring him into country so he could murder him!

And he did!

The N.E.B. translates this verse, "Cain said to his brother Abel, 'Let us go into the open country.'
While they were there, Cain attacked his brother Abel and murdered him."

This is the first murder recorded in the Bible.

Later, Cain's descendents would plot the murder of Jesus Christ.

Let's pick it up in John chapter 8 where the religious leaders,
the descendents of Cain, with murder in their hearts,
are trying to convince Christ that they are of the good seed, the seed of Abraham.

They are boldly, without shamefulness, directly lying to Messiah, as there is no honesty in them either.

John 8:39-40
They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham.
Jesus doesn't "buy it".
[40] But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham.
Unbelievable, isn't it?

These "religious" leaders are running around telling folks that they are God's chosen people (which they are not),
and all the while they are plotting to murder Jesus Christ, the Son of God!

Christ identifies their sireship.

John 8:44
Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
Christ is speaking of the murder and the lies of which we are studying now in Genesis!

It is also recorded in the first epistle of John that Cain was "of" (meaning offspring of) that wicked one.

Plain and simply,
like it or not,
believe it or not,
Cain was Satan's son, not Adam's.

1 John 3:12
Not as Cain,who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother's righteous.
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