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The Blood Atonement

Genesis 4.1-13

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[Have you ever noticed that in the early morning when you go out to get your newspaper your shadow is long and somewhat distorted?  Then later in the morning as the sunrises you notice that your shadow is shorter but more defined.  Then when high noon comes and the sun is directly overhead your shadow disappears altogether and you are left standing in the brightest light possible.  ] 

[That is what happened in the Bible as God revealed the Blood atonement.  The Bible tells us in the New Testament that the thing that happened in the Old Testament we shadows of things to come.] 

[In order for there to be a shadow there must be a light and then there must be some object upon which the light is shinning.  The light is the revelation of God given through His holy Scriptures.  The object is the Lord, Jesus Christ.  But at the dawn of God's revelation those shadows are not very distinct nor very clear.  Then as the sun of God's revelation continues to rise then the shadow of those truths become more distinct and more clear.  Until we get to the high noon of the Gospels and there stands Jesus and the shadows are gone.] 

[The forth chapter of Genesis is written to tell us that God is to be worshiped.  It also tells us that there is a right way and a wrong way to worship God.] 

[Jesus said, ] 

[John 4:23-24 23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. ]

[This tells us that:] 

  • [Some people worship God, but they are not in the spirit.  ]
  • [Others worship God but they are not in the truth of God's Word.]

[Notice in this text the difference between:] 

  • [Biblical Worship and Biblical Salvation.]
  • [False Worship and False Salvation.]

[Cain was a farmer so he worshipped God by bringing of the fruit of the ground.

Abel was a shepherd so he worshipped God by bringing an animal; he sacrificed the lamb and worshipped God with shed blood.] 

A.    The Contrast Of Their Worship (vs 3-4; John 14.6; Acts 4.12) [- All religion is not the same.  Somehow we are thought un-American if we don't just place our arms around every other belief and accept them as just as good as our way.  There is but one way to worship God and that is God's way.] 

[Jesus is not just a good way to heaven, Jesus is not even the best way to heaven, Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven.] 

[Jesus Said,] 

[John 14:6  . . . I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.]

[Acts 4:12 12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. ]

["If Jesus Christ is not the only way to heaven, then Jesus Christ is non of the ways to heaven.  If Jesus Christ is not the only way to heaven, then Jesus is a faker, fraud, sham, and a charlatan; because He claimed to be something He is not.  And a faker, fraud, sham and a charlatan is no bodies savior."] 

1.      The Worship of Cain (vs 3; Gen 3.17-19; 4.5; Heb 9.22; Titus 3.5; Gal 5.4; Jude 1.11; Rom 4.5; 5.1) [- And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD. - Remember, God had said, cursed is the ground,] 

[Genesis 3:17-19 17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; 18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; 19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.]

[Cain must have been a good, hard working farmer.  Thank God for good hard working farmers. After Cain had worked hard.  He took the best that he had.  The best vegetables, the best fruits and took them and spread them before the Lord.  It must have looked like a county fair with all those wonderful foods.] 

[But God did not accept Cain's offering,] 

[Genesis 4:5 5 But unto Cain and to his offering he [God]  had not respect. . . . ]

[Cain should have understood the most basic principle of worship.  That principle is that we can only approach God on the basis of the blood atonement.] 

[Hebrews 9:22 . . . and without shedding of blood is no remission.]  

[You have heard the age old saying, "You just can't get blood from a turnip."] 

[Salvation by Works - Cain's offering represents a salvation of works, which is that we can bring the best that we can do and that is good enough for God.  Salvation by works has as it motivation that one can work this salvation thing out in their way and on their terms.  This is the old, “Its my way or the highway” mentality.] 

[Titus 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;]

[We love to divide things up.  We divide:] 

a.       [Religion - We say there is Christianity, Confusionism, Mohammadism, Buddism, Taoism, and rummatism.] 

b.      [Christianity - Baptist, Methodist, Episcopalians, Assemblies of God, etc . . .] 

[There are only really two divisions of religion.  They are, ] 

a.      [Salvation by works ] 

b.      [Salvation by grace.] 

["Cain represents a salvation by works, where he tries to be right by what he does."] 

[The difference between religion and salvation is,] 

a.      [Religion is based upon what man does for God.] 

b.      [Salvation is rooted in what God does for man.] 

"One is spelled do the other is spelled done." 

[Galatians 5:4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.]  

[Cain basically said "I believe this is the way I think I'll do this."] 

[His worship came out of his mind, not out of the revealed Word of God.] 

[You shouldn't be looking for a religion that suits you; you better find one that suits God.] 

[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.]  

[The way of Cain is the way of Self-righteousness.] 

[Romans 4:5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.]  

[Romans 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: ] 

[Titus 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;]

2.      The Worship of Abel (vs 4; Rom 10.17; Luke 11.49-51; Acts 10.43) [- 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 understood the blood atonement. 

Hebrews 11:4 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.  

[Where did Abel get faith?  Nobody has had faith until God first speaks.] 

[Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.] 

[Some say, "You name it, and claim it."  You can't claim it until God names its.  Until God speaks you can not have faith.] 

[Faith is taking God at His Word.] 

[Abel offered his sacrifice by Faith.  God had spoken and Abel obeyed God.] 

[Able was a prophet,] 

[Luke 11:49-51 Therefore also said the wisdom of God, I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they shall slay and persecute: 50That the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation; 51From the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zacharias, which perished between the altar and the temple: verily I say unto you, It shall be required of this generation. ] 

[The prophets had one message,] 

[Acts 10:43 To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins. ] 

[The difference between Cain and Abel,] 

[God had spoken - In order for Abel to have faith he had to have heard from God.  In order for him to be a prophet he had to have a message to carry.] 

[Rev. 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.]  

a.       [Abel obeyed God.] 

b.      [Cain obeyed himself.] 

B.     The Consequences Of Their Worship (vs 4-5) [- 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: 5 But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. - God received one offering, while God did not receive the other.  The difference between Cain and Abel is the difference between righteousness and unrighteousness.  It is the difference between acceptability and unacceptability.  It is the difference between heaven and hell.] 

[Why couldn't God accept Cain's offering?  God’s holiness wouldn't allow Him to overlook Cain's sin.] 

1.      Cain was Rejected (Rom 3.23-25; 1 John 2.2; Rom 3.26) [- God Must Judge Sin.  God's integrity says that sin must be punished.] 

[Romans 3:23-25 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 24Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation [a satisfaction] through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; ] 

["When a judge lets a guilty man go free the judge himself is condemned.  God must judge sin."] 

[What meets the satisfaction of God's law is the death and blood of Jesus Christ.] 

[1 John 2:2 And he is the propitiation [the satisfaction] for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. ] 

[Romans 3:26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.]  

[God is not only the justifier, but through Jesus He is also Just.] 

[Illustration. - A lady had her picture taken and she didn't like it so she took it back.  The photographer asked, "What's the problem?"  She said, "I don't like it, it doesn't do me justice." The photographer took one look at the picture and said, "Lady you don't need justice, you need mercy."] 

[If God gave me justice, if He gave me what I deserve, I would go to hell.] 

[If God just justified me, then He would be the sinner.  God would be an unjust judge, but God is just and always will be just.  Therefore Cain was rejected.] 

2.      Abel Was Received  (Eph 2.8-9) [- But through Jesus God is the Just, Justifier.  Through Jesus God gave what I didn't deserve.  God gave me grace.] 

["There are but two ways, the way of Cain, and the way of the Cross, which way are you going?"] 

[Ephes. 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9Not of works, lest any man should boast.] 

[Cain and able both had the same opportunity to worship God the right way, the only way that would result in eternal life.  Abel choose to obey God and he was received.  Even after Cain tried to worship God the wrong way, he could have worshipped God the right way and have been accepted, but Cain became wroth and demanded that God accept his false form of worship.  Your demands and hard head will gain you nothing with God, you must come to God His way for it is the only way that can possibly be accepted.  The penalty must be paid.] 

C.     The Conflict Of Their Worship (vs 6-13; John 16.1-4) [-  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.  

1.      The Deception of Cain (vs 8; 1 Peter 5.8-9; 2 Tim 3.13; Eph 4.14) [– 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. – This is a reminder of the subtlety used by the serpent in the Garden of Eden when Eve was deceived.] 

[Genesis 3:1 1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?]

[This recurring theme of deception from chapter to chapter in the Bible reminds us to be watchful and vigilant for our adversary will come upon us in deception with a desire to destroy us.  The Bible reminds us,

[1 Peter 5:8-9 8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.]

[2 Timothy 3:13 13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. ]

[Ephesians 4:14 14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;]

 [Who was this that was approaching Able with villainy in his mind and perhaps a dagger behind his back?  It was none other than Abel’s brother Cain.  One whom Able should have been able to trust.  One whom should have had Able’s well being and protection in mind.  Yet, he killed his brother, for what?  For something Abel had done against Cain, no not at all.  What had Able done, but the right thing in the sight of God.]

2.      The Debauchery of Cain (vs 9-10; John 16.1-4) [- And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother's keeper? 10 And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground. ] 

[False religion is one of the meanest things on this earth.  People don't need religion they need the Lord, Jesus Christ.  Religion without Jesus is mean and narrow.  It was a religious crowd that crucified Jesus.  Religion marked by force is not the religion of the Bible.] 

[If you preach the message of Abel, that Jesus is the only way, get ready for the wrath of the religious way.  There is nothing as intolerant as the tolerance of those that preach tolerance against the tolerance of those they call intolerant.  There is nothing as narrow as the cruelty of those who are against those of us that preach the narrow way.] 

[John 16:1-4 These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended. 2They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. 3And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me. 4But these things have I told you, that when the time shall come, ye may remember that I told you of them. And these things I said not unto you at the beginning, because I was with you. ] 

3.      The Desperation of Cain (vs 11-13; Luke 21.15-19) [- 11 And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother's blood from thy hand; 12 When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth. 13 And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear.  – Learn from Cain, those of you who hate with murderous minds.  In the end, one day, not long after your terrible sin has been committed you will come to a point where you will realize that you will stand in judgment with Almighty God and that will be a time of shear desperation for you.  Be careful about what you suppose to do in trying to protect you faltering religious beliefs.  There is coming a pay day someday.] 

[Abel was dead - Death to the Christian is not a period it is a comma.] 

[Luke 21:15-19 For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist. 16And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death. 17And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake. 18But there shall not an hair of your head perish. 19In your patience possess ye your souls.]  

["There are but two ways,

The way of Cain,

And the way of the Cross,

Which way are you going?"] 

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