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Am I My Brothers Keeper?


Sermon shared by Charles Cockroft

July 2007
Summary: This is number 3 in a series about life changing Questions
Series: Questions
Denomination: Assembly of God
Audience: General adults
Am I My Brothers Keeper?
Genesis 4:3-13
3 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.
4 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
6 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.
8 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
9 And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said I know not: Am I my brotherís keeper
10 And he said What hast thou done the voice of thy brotherís blood crieth unto me from the ground.
11 And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brotherís 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

When Adam and Eve were driven from the Garden of Eden, God didnít abandon them. He blessed them with many children; the first was Cain. Her second son was Abel. Cain was a farmer and Abel a herdsman.
Now there came a time when Cain and Abel brought offerings to the Lord,
Cain from the fruit of the ground and Abel the firstlings of his flock.
God accepted Abelís offering but rejected Cainís.
We are not told why God rejected Cainís offering but He did.

Genesis 4:6-7, ďAnd the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? 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.

God was trying, just as he still does today, to get into the heart of Cain and reason with him concerning his mistake. God was giving Cain a time to confess and make it right but Cain would not.

Godís words to Cain carry a warning to each of us.

Donít get mad if I reject your offering to me! Learn from it and do it right the next time and it will be all right. If you donít learn from your mistakes, then sin hangs around the door to your heart, just waiting for you to open up and let him in.

He desires to rule over your heart and destroy your life. Donít be angry with your brother. Itís not his fault that you were rejected.

Abelís heart was right. He wanted to help Cain to please God.
If Cain had responded correctly to Godís words, he would have had an acceptable offering the next time. But Cain would not listen, just like so many people we know.

God knew what the problem was He asked Cain, ďwhy are you angry and why has your countenance fallen?Ē
God will always give us an opportunity to explain why we are acting the way we are, even though He knows and there is a reason behind this.

Cain was wrong in what he was doing. He wasnít admitting he was wrong instead he was following the example set by his father and mother, put the blame somewhere
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