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I am going to say some popular phrases and you tell me what comes to mind.
- “I’m just gonna do me!”
- “Don’t Judge me!”
- “Only God can judge me!”
- “I’m only human.”
- “Turn down for what?”
What do all of these phrases have in common?
- They reflect the self-centeredness of culture
- We were designed in God’s image, meaning we were made in perfection. Why do we settle for less than what we were designed to be?
- Why do we find ourselves settling for sin?
Genesis 4:1-16 (HCSB)
Adam was intimate with his wife Eve, and she conceived and gave birth to Cain. She said, “I have had a male child with the Lord’s help.” Then she also gave birth to his brother Abel. Now Abel became a shepherd of flocks, but Cain worked the ground. In the course of time Cain presented some of the land’s produce as an offering to the Lord. And Abel also presented an offering — some of the firstborn of his flock and their fat portions. The Lord had regard for Abel and his offering, but He did not have regard for Cain and his offering. Cain was furious, and he looked despondent.
Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you furious? And why do you look despondent? If you do what is right, won’t you be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it.”
Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go out to the field.” And while they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.
Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?”
“I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s guardian?”
Then He said, “What have you done? Your brother’s blood cries out to Me from the ground! So now you are cursed, alienated, from the ground that opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood you have shed. If you work the ground, it will never again give you its yield. You will be a restless wanderer on the earth.”
But Cain answered the Lord, “My punishment is too great to bear! Since You are banishing me today from the soil, and I must hide myself from Your presence and become a restless wanderer on the earth, whoever finds me will kill me.”
Then the Lord replied to him, “In that case, whoever kills Cain will suffer vengeance seven times over.” And He placed a mark on Cain so that whoever found him would not kill him. Then Cain went out from the Lord’s presence and lived in the land of Nod, east of Eden.
Where does sin begin? (sin as an action, not as the disease)
- Cain did not give God the best of what he had
o He was selfish
- Sin begins when we consider ourselves before God and before others.
o Sin begins when we are selfish
o Selfishness is considering myself before others
- How many of you are selfish?
o You might be selfish if:
- If you desire to be recognized, you might be selfish.
- If you constantly point out the selfishness of others, you might be selfish.
- If you are angry, worried, guilty, frustrated, depressed, envious, or jealous, you may be focusing on yourself and your own needs and not on the needs of others.
- If you think some people deserve your attention and others do not, you might be selfish.
- Everyone is selfish sometimes.
o Therefore everyone is sinful sometimes, even the most righteous person.
The sin binge
- What are the characteristics of someone who is addicted to alcohol?
o If I’ve had 1 I’ve had 13
o They can’t stop and later feel the cumulative effects of that addiction.
- Sin is the same, only worse
o Cain’s sin led to sin which led to sin.
- Cain was selfish (v. 3)
- Selfishness led to un-acceptance (v. 5)
- Un-acceptance led to anger (v. 5)
- Anger led to deception (v. 8)
- Deception led to murder (v. 8)
- Murder led to dishonesty (v. 9)
- Dishonesty led to punishment (v. 11-12)
- Punishment led to discontentment (v. 13)
- Discontentment led to selfishness (v. 14)
o God gave Cain ample opportunity to turn from sin and to Him.
o Even at the end, God showed grace to Cain, placing a seal of protection on him.
- Implications for daily life
o Two friends grow apart
- Implications for worship service
o Giving God our best means asking for forgiveness and purity.
- Sin is the worst of all drugs and is available to all at no charge, but it takes away life.
- Christ is the only cure
o Sin begins at selfishness, therefore we should strive to be selfless by first loving God and loving people.
o Sin leads to sin leads to sin and the effects are cumulative. We cannot escape on our own, we must follow the conviction of the Holy Spirit.
o Sin pulls us from God and disables our worship to God. We must always ask for God’s forgiveness that He might make us pure.
o God always shows more grace.
 Genesis 4:1-16 (HCSB)