Genesis 4:13 – And Cain said unto the Lord, My punishment is greater than I can bear.
Genesis 4:14 – Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me.
Genesis 4:15 – And the Lord said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the Lord set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.
Genesis 4:16 – And Cain went out from the presence of the Lord, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.
Hello readers, when you want to control the consequences of sin. Cain did. Often we love our sin and we want to sin… but we are really keen to try and change the outcomes of it. I’ve blogged on the story of Cain before but here am I again. We seem to talk about Cain more than Abel, maybe because he is who we are more like. No not I! you say. You haven’t murdered anyone like he did. But how often we’ve murdered people with our speech and our thoughts. Our lives are often a lot more like Cain, going our own way, getting angry at God, hating someone like Abel who tells us the truth.
In this story we see that someone else usually pays for our sin. Our sin always affects others, and those that truly care about us. Cain was in the wrong the whole way, and yet here is Abel dead. Abel paid for Cain’s wrongs. If you look at your life, how much have your actions caused others grief and harm and hurt when it’s just you that was in the wrong though you justified and excused yourself. Sin does that. When we do wrong, often it is someone else who suffers for our actions. The ultimate example of that is Jesus Christ, he died for our sins. Sin is never done in isolation, we are not an island… our sin affects those around us. Often it affects our parents or siblings or friends. We have a way of hurting those who love us while embracing those who don’t really care for us. See people that don’t care for us don’t tell us the truth. Love and truth are inescapably linked… Cain killed Abel because Abel did right, and told him the truth… that’s what made him mad… and that’s why he killed him. Just like us really, we don’t liek the people who’s light shines on our darkness.
Our sin can have far reaching consequences. It’s consequences are a lot more than we think. Living in sin does a lot more to us and our lives, our thinking, our minds, our hearts than we think. Maybe you don’t see what sin has done to your life and this world yet… may God reveal it to you. Cain’s little sin, and his unwillingness to get right with God about it ended up in murder. What started with a little bit of rebellion ended up in cold, callous bloodshed. What was Cain’s real sin? Before the murder it was rebellion and disobedience to God’s word. If he was right with God, he wouldn’t have murdered his brother. You can always trace your sin back to there being a problem between you and God. David said “against thee, and thee only have I sinned and done this evil in thy sight”. Yes he’d sinned against Uriah, but that was a result of David being in disobedience and rebellion to God. David’s sin with Bathsheba was all because he wasn’t right with God himself.
Today I want to talk about us wanting to control the consequences of sin. People think they can do whatever they want to do in life and it not have a bad outcome. They want to be able to choose the outcomes. What a luxury huh. Getting to sin and also tell God what’s going to come from it. Just like Cain! We want to have a good, peaceful, happy, successful life right. We want life on our term. Not on God’s terms, not obeying God… we want to have our sin and it all turn out just the way we want it to. The problem is, when society or an individual forsakes God in their own life, you’re not going to get all those good things. You’re not going to be able to control and choose the outcome, you’re not going to be able to dictate the wages and fruit of your sinful life. Look at the world we live in, we’ve forsaken God’s word, we’ve driven him out of every sphere of life, and now look at how it is. Look at all the problems and issues in every sphere of life. It’s unsafe to go out at night, it’s not safe for your children to play on the front lawn or be on the street. This world is full of evil and darkness.
The Bible says, They know not at what they stumble. It’s so true. When you see nations and societies and people trying to fix problems that can only be fixed by getting right with God. We want to have our sin but not have the problems and issues that come because of sin. Sin is a deceiver remember, sin looks good to us, but it’s toxic. You want that adultery right, but you don’t want that burnt marriage. You’d like to have that adultery without having to pay the price of what adultery does.
In Genesis 4, Cain had disobeyed God and gone his own way. He didn’t bargain on the outcome. He didn’t want to get right with God about his sin, but he wanted to negotiate the consequences of it. That’s what he’s doing here. He was keen to negotiate the punishment with God. Sin had been a bit more than he bargained on. Sin always is a lot more than we bargain on. We think we can sin and control and contain it’s reach and it’s consquences and it’s effects… but no, the Bible likens sin to leaven for a reason. It spreads and permeates and perverts every area of our lives. Look at Cain’s descendants. That sin that Cain started with of disobeying and rejecting God’s word had a lot more consequence than he bargained on. His evil descendants all got wiped out in the flood.
Cain wanted to get to choose and control the consequences of his sin. His negotiation with God was never about him confessing and repenting and obeying God’s word. No, his negotiation was about getting his sentence reduced so he could have his sin and a good life with it. He didn’t want that sin to impact his future prospects. God had said that his sin of murdering Abel would make him a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth. And Cain said… my punishment is greater than I can bear! Cain was only interested in what it’d cost him. Cain was selfish to the core. Sounds like us.
Like Cain, this world isn’t ready to forsake sin. They’re not ready to give it up. But what they want to control is the consequence of it. There are many consequences to rebelling against God in a society. Sin has had such far reaching consequences. Just look at this world. Look and receive instruction, as Proverbs says to do. This world is full of pride, lust, exploitation, manipulation, deceit, sexual perversion, rape, violence, murder, hurt, pain, tears… everything’s broken. Prisons are full, people are hungry, society is full of drugs and drunkenness and sexual infidelity. We are so far from our intended purpose we were created with. Look at this world how it is versus how good it was when God first created it. Sin has resulted in a whole lot more than Adam and Eve bargained on and thought would happen.
So we relaxed our view on sex being just between a married man and woman… after all… it can’t hurt to sleep around a bit! We pushed God out of schools, hey the kids don’t need to be taught the ten commandments. We’ll educate them without God’s word, we don’t need that. Oh sure, they want kids to be respectful and intelligent and wise, while they play video games, while they grow up without having ever been told God’s word. You see, we want good outcomes, but we don’t want to obey God in getting there. We expect to rebel against and disobey God in every sphere of life and it work out fine. We make a society based on willful ignorance and rebellion to God’s word… and we expect our society to be full of morality, honor, respect, decency, honesty, love, peace, joy.
I was thinking recently about how people say society is so much better today. But is it really? You hear stories about our parents and grandparents, who when they were growing up, they didn’t know what being a homosexual was. Children could play in the street, go to the shops, go hiking in the wilderness or whatever … and parents wouldn’t have to fear them being kidnapped, raped, assaulted, abused. Sure, we have computers and medicinal advances, but isn’t a society gauged by something as simple as your kids being able to play in the park safely? What good does having an iPhone and a new playstation do… what’s that without something as simple and fundamental as your children being safe to play in the yard?
Cain wanted to have his sin, and also have a good life. We want to have our sin and get to choose good outcomes for it. He didn’t want God in his life or to obey God’s word, but he wanted everything good that truly comes from God. Law, order, safety, peace, joy, happiness, honour, respect, purity… all these things are found in obedience to God. The problem and deception with sin is that you can’t control what that turns out into. We can’t control it’s effect on our life. Your sin may have far more reaching effects than you think. How much has your sin affected you, your thinking, your behavior, your mind, your heart, your soul? Sin takes us over so much it defines us, we’re known by our sin. We want things to be ok with no confession and acknowledgement of truth to God.
Cain got a pretty good deal when you think about it, far more than he deserved, yes he got angry at God but God had given him every chance to get right with him, to obey, to repent. You have every day of your life a chance to obey God. To trust him, to honor him with your life. Yeah you’ll go your own way, and you’ll expect it to turn out fine. You want to have your sin and you own way, and you want good outcomes for a Christ rejecting life. Yeah, you’ll be surprised at how people behave, how they treat you, what happens, how things all turn out… you’ll be so surprised. We wouldn’t have drugs, shootings, riots, looting, rape, crime, violence, murder and everything if this nation obeyed God and walked in his light. We forsook his light, and thought it would be ok, and then are surprised when it didn’t. What’s worse, we don’t even see the real problem. We don’t even have the capacity to see clearly, but that’s because we are in darkness. Without the light, Jesus is the light of this world , you have no capacity to see what’s truly going on, what’s wrong, what the problem is, why you’re stumbling, why there are issues and where the solution is. Isaiah says from the sole of the foot to the head… the whole lot is corrupt and full of putrifying sores. Society and our lives are full of putrifying sores, and people reject the ointment, the balm of Gilead, Jesus Christ.
People want to stick their hand in the fire and are surprised and indignant if they pull it out burned. People expect to play around with sex and get to choose and control the outcomes of it. They want sex without responsibility and accountability and consequence and also a good faithful marriage. Hey, if you sleep around, you’re never likely to have a good, faithful, trusting marriage. You want to have the “good” part of sin and leave the bad part behind. You want to have the pleasure of sin but not it’s payoff. A nation completely defies God in all the laws it makes and how the country is run, and they’re surprised when that nation is full of problems, full of wickedness, full of evil. And you know what. Instead of turning to God, they try manipulating and changing the consequences of sin with bandaid human fixes and patches.
We want to have a good, happy, peaceful society without God. But it doesn’t work that way. Cain wanted to have a great life while not having to deal with his rebellion toward God and evil that he’d done. Society has many problems today, they don’t see what the real problem is nor where the solution lies, because they don’t want to see. They want to make it their own way, just like Cain. They’re interested in telling God how he’s wrong and how what he’s doing is wrong, just as Cain did. Isn’t it funny when the immoral creature tries finding moral fault in his Creator?
If you read the end of Judges, you’ll see a society that was in moral freefall. Then a shocking crime happened and they were indignant about it. There was a civil war because of a Levite’s concubine who was raped and killed. If you read, Israel was full of wickedness, tribes were full of sodomites, everyone was doing their own thing… you think like them that you can forget God, forsake God, rebel against him, and it not produce a society like Israel was in Judges. It was a mess. Yet they were shocked when thsi crime happened. Why were they shocked? This is a result of what they were doing. Why do we expect to sin and not think that there will be ugly results of it? How can a society go into moral freefall and not expect what happened to happen? We’re so dumb. And people that were in sin themselves were morally indignant at what had happened, but they didn’t see they were part of the problem. You wouldn’t have this behavior in Israel if you hadn’t all departed from God’s way of living. Sin leavens everything.
People want moral outcomes from their immoral life. They want to bring something clean out of a life that is totally unclean. That’s what our society and this world does. They want their sin, they’re not ready to forsake a life of rebellion… but they want to control the outcome. It’s a bit like them building their tower of Babel… we are going to get to heaven our way. You may think you have the outcomes and consequences managed and in hand.
Oh yes, Cain was only interested in negotiating the consequences of his sin with God. This world is just messing around without God, you look at how they do things, how they’re trying to solve problems, how they’re trying to achieve desired outcomes … all apart from God. It’s futility. They truly do not know at what they stumble. We need to wake up. When we sin, we get a lot more than we bargain for. We choose to sin, but we don’t get to choose it’s outcome. Don’t play with fire.
The gospel is for sinners. All have sinned. You, me, and everyone else. Jesus Christ came to save us from our sin. But he’s not going to save us if we can’t get honest with him about who we are and what we are. Cain could’ve done that and not murdered his brother. He could’ve got right with God. But the problem is as the Bible says… the heart is desperately wicked and deceitful above all things who can know it? We’re rotten to the core.
The truth is, we have a problem with sin because we have a nature to sin, rebellion to God comes naturally to us. Truly good outcomes for our lives will come from being right with God. If you want peace, joy, happiness, fulfillment, purpose, light, truth… everything that’s good and just and pure and right… that comes from being right with Jesus Christ. Instead of trying to negotiate the cost and outcome and consequence of your sin with God, instead of trying to make your sin work, instead confess your sin to him. Lay your sin at the cross where his Son took your curse upon himself. And he exchanges his beauty for the ashes of our life. It’s a free gift. Salvation is by grace through faith, faith is simply believing in your heart on Jesus to save you. Jesus save me from this dark sin cursed world, Jesus save me from myself. Cain never got right with God, he wanted a good life without God… he rejected truth, he rejected life, he rejected God. All he wanted was to have his sin and not the consequences and outcomes that goes with it. he fact is, sin will ruin all our lives, none of us are above that fact… turn to Jesus Christ, he came to save his people from his sins… and believe on him today.
Hi, my name is Joseph Zadow. I am a 30 y/o Bible Blogger. I was new to blogging once! God’s word is the best thing that we can be given, and once we have it and know it for ourselves it is both a privilege and responsibility to bring it to others! We are blessed to be a blessing! I am a sinner (for sure!) saved by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ and I am a Lord Jesus Christ follower. He is faithful even though I rarely am to him. I believe the Bible is the word of God, and stake my life on it. My destination is heaven. As they say, I’m just a passin’ through this world… although most of the time it’s more like hangin’ by a thread in Jericho! I love playing sports – particularly cricket… I currently work on an orchard and a side hobby business of mine is growing vegetables etc – they are good for you! I love writing. Always happy to talk, so feel free to leave a comment. You can read more about me and my blog here – kjvbibletruth.com/about :)