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Summary: 4 of 4. Cain’s legacy was a spiritually derelict/deficient progeny. Personal unrepentance leaves a legacy of spiritually dereliction/deficiency. What does such a legacy provide? Spiritually deficient populations seek...

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The LEGACY Of UNREPENTANCE-IV— Genesis 4:16-24

Likewise we will leave a legacy to our families. But what of any value will they receive?

Background:

We have examined Cain’s willful disdain of God’s direction for his life, & discovered the ‘Tragedy of Unrepentance’(4:1-15).

We are now in the midst of examining the descendants of Cain & the resulting transfer of belief.

“the genealogy[:16-24] shows how sin disqualified Cain's line as the people of blessing”..... God blesses the line of Cain. But notice, He blesses them in a temporal way. That is, only connected to time. Only in the physical were they blessed; not in the sense of the spiritual, or that which is eternal.”—John MacArthur

“Secular culture is a provision from God for man's life. It is a common grace.”.....“And that contributes to communication, it contributes to culture, it contributes to society.”—John MacArthur

Cain’s legacy was a spiritually derelict/deficient progeny.

Personal unrepentance leaves a legacy of spiritually dereliction/deficiency.

What does a spiritually deficient legacy seek?

8 desires/determinations of a spiritually deficient/derelict population.

In previous weeks we have found that Spiritually deficient populations seek some of the same things Christians seek...

1. SEPARATION/Segregation(:16)

2. STABILITY/Family(:17-18)

3. SATISFACTION(:19)

Last time we also discovered the innovative genius of that unrepentant population included:

4. ADAPTIVE INNOVATION(:20)

5. MUSICAL INNOVATION/Expression(:21)

6. METALLURGICAL INNOVATION/Expression(:22)

7—Spiritually deficient populations seek...

PLEASURE(:22b)

Explanation: (:22b) Comfortable

:22b—“And as for Zillah, she also bore Tubal-Cain, an instructor of every craftsman in bronze & iron. And the sister of Tubal-Cain was Naamah.”

There is nothing wrong with seeking pleasure....As long as the pleasure comes by the Lord’s will/desire for you.

God does not want us to be self-indulgent hedonists so that anything goes as long as pleasure becomes paramount...So that we cannot find happiness unless we ‘feel’ good, & our bodies, work, relationships are ‘pain-free.’ This is unachievable & self-serving anyway!

“Naamah”—hmen nah-am-aw'—Naamah = "loveliness." Strong—Pleasantness.

Argumentation:

Negative:

Lk. 15:13—““And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, & there wasted his possessions with prodigal living.”

Lk. 12:16-21—“Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. “And he thought within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?’ “So he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns & build greater, & there I will store all my crops & my goods. ‘And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, & be merry.”’ “But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’ “So is he who lays up treasure for himself, & is not rich toward God.””


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