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Summer Devotional and Sermon Series

Week 2/Heroes: Cain & Abel

As we come to the end of Cain and Abel’s story, we see that Cain is finally realizing the error of his ways. His punishment for killing his brother is that he is no longer able to work the land that he loved and he will spend his days wandering the earth. Cain believed God’s punishment was worse than death. His response reflects his anguish over his actions and the resulting consequences: “My punishment is greater than I can bear. Behold, you have driven me today away from the ground, and from your face I shall be hidden. I shall be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me.”

Previously, Cain had worked the land to provide food for his family so this particular punishment actually took away his livelihood. In addition, he feared death at the hands of another person. To prevent others from killing him, God marked Cain somehow (it is not clear what type of mark this was.) Instead of being put to death, he was forced to live the rest of his life with unfruitful work and with the guilt of having killed his brother.

Both Cain and Abel were passionate in their actions. Abel brought the best of his flock to give to the Lord and was deemed to be righteous. Cain was driven by passion as well but evil was at the heart of his choices. Where does your heart lie? What is your passion concerning your relationship with the Lord?

If you are feeling spiritually passive, it may be time for an attitude/heart check. The Lord wants the best FROM us and the best FOR us. Don’t disregard the knocks on your heart from the Holy Spirit…Luke 11: 9-10 “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it will be opened.” Repent and be made whole in the way of Abel rather than in the error of Cain.

Scripture

Genesis 4:11-16

Prayer

Search our hearts, Lord, and reveal any evil lurking there. Renew our passion for serving you and help us to put aside our sinful desires. Make us more like Abel and less like Cain in our thoughts and actions.  Amen