A lesson from Cain

English: Cain and Abel

English: Cain and Abel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jesus asked question, ” Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shall not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. Matthew 5:21-22

This was a lesson drawn from evil Cain who slew his brother out of jealousy for doing what was right before God. It was an example from which we are to draw that we might not fall into the same trap as did Cain.  For doing what was wrong in God’s eyes his offering was rejected, but when God brought it to his attention rather than repenting and doing what was right, he pondered in his heart to kill his brother.

Murder in the eyes of Jesus begins in the human heart, the seed of murder begins to grow when we begin to imagine and plan in our hearts how we may get back at someone. Someone may have outperformed us and we grow envious, or they may have said something that may have caused us hurt or pain.

This is not something we can avoid in our daily lives as we interact with people, but God out love for our defense has given us his word on how to handle these issues in our lives. Rather than doing what Cain had done deceiving his brother, or pretending to be a brother to Abel only to win his trust and kill him, we are to rather go to our brother and reveal to him how he has hurt us with the intent to forgive reconciling the relationship. If we are found to be in the wrong, we are to then ask for forgiveness from the ones we hurt that we might sustain the relationships we have.

“Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there remembers that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.” Matthew 5:23-24

Cain was the first man to have committed murder on the face of the earth, the result of his actions led to his banishment from the presence of God. Cain was cursed with a wondering spirit for his lack of repentance separated from God. If we look at the examples we could learn through Cain we would do our best to avoid making the same mistake.

Cain lived in depression, cursed with a wondering spirit he knew not peace. He was handed over to the enemy who tormented Cain for the rest of his life. The curse would follow his generation, the blood of their father was on them. Isaiah wrote, ” Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they shall eat the fruit of their doings. Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him. Isaiah 3:10-11

Cast down every mind and thought that tries to exalt itself above the good in us, and against the instructions of God given to us for our benefit. If we do these things we will do well in keeping with God’s commands. Let love be the symbol and flag of our lives, and the sign post in our homes.


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