Summary: 1 of 4. Cain’s lack of repentance & subsequent grudge, ended in his brother’s murder. Willful unrepentance opens the door to tragedy. But What are its losses? The tragedy of unrepentance is a Lost...
THE TRAGEDY OF UNREPENTANCE—Genesis 4:1-24
There was a painter named Jack, who was very interested in making a dollar where he could. So he often would thin down his paint to make it go a wee bit further. As it happened, he got away with this for some time.
Eventually the Presbyterian Church decided to do a big restoration job on one of their biggest churches. Jack put in a painting bid & because his price was so competitive, he got the job. And so he set to, with a right good will, erecting the trestles & putting up the planks, & buying the paint &...yes, I am sorry to say, thinning it down with the turpentine.
Well, Jack was up on the scaffolding, painting away, the job nearly done, when suddenly there was a horrendous clap of thunder. The sky opened & the rain poured down, washing the thin paint from all over the church & knocking Jack fair off the scaffold to land on the lawn.
Now, Jack was no fool. He knew this was a judgement from the Almighty, so he fell on his knees & cried, "Oh, God! Forgive me! What should I do?"
And from the thunder, a mighty Voice spoke,
"Repaint! Repaint! And thin no more!"
Repentance is vital to a true Christian. Repentance is necessary to anyone really seeking God.
Why don’t I have the relationship to God that others seem to have? Does God hear me?
Unrepentance always ends badly, in a loss. it is always tragic.
Cain’s lack of repentance & subsequent grudge, ended in his brother’s murder.
Willful unrepentance opens the door to tragedy.
What is the tragedy of unrepentance?
8 losses experienced thru the tragedy of unrepentance.
1— A tragedy of unrepentance is a...
:1—“Now Adam knew Eve his wife, & she conceived & bore Cain, & said, “I have acquired a man from the LORD.””
Eve was Adam’s wife(Gen. 23-25). Adam “knew” Eve so intimately that she became pregnant. Her son was named “Cain” which is a play on the word “acquired.” This is because Eve herself stated that she had “gotten” a male child. She gave credit for this ‘acquisition’ to YaHoVeH.
Eve knew that the physical coupling with her husband, Adam is what produced the child. Yet she also was quick to recognize YaHoVeH’s part in her acquisition. She recognized God’s providence in her conception & birth.
There is no hint of a competitive struggle between Adam & Eve regarding the naming of the child.
“Knew”—edy yaw-dah’—Strong—To know (properly, to ascertain by seeing); used in a great variety of senses, figuratively, literally, euphemistically & inferentially (including observation, care, recognition; & causatively, instruction, designation, punishment, etc.).
“Conceived”—hrh haw-raw’—1) To conceive, become pregnant, bear, be with child, be conceived, progenitor.
“Bore”—dly yaw-lad’—1) To bear, bring forth, beget, gender, travail. Strong—a primitive root; To bear young; causatively, To beget; medically, To act as midwife; specifically, To show lineage:-- Bear, beget, birth([-day]), born, etc.
“Cain”—Nyq kah’-yin—= “Possession(Acquisition)”—Strong—(with a play upon the affinity to hnq kaw-naw’(below)); Kajin, the name of the first child, also of a place in Palestine, & of an Oriental tribe:-- Cain, Kenite(-s). From—hnq kaw-naw’.
“Acquired”—hnq kaw-naw’—V.—1) to get, acquire, create, buy, possess. Strong— a primitive root; To erect, i.e. create; by extension, To procure, especially by purchase (causatively, sell); by implication To own:-- Attain, buy(-er), teach to keep cattle, get, provoke to jealousy, possess(-or), purchase, recover, redeem, X surely, X verily.
“With”—ta ayth—1) With, near, together with.
Gen. 25:29-34—“Now Jacob cooked a stew; & Esau[firstborn] came in from the field, & he was weary. And Esau said to Jacob, “Please feed me with that same red stew, for I am weary.” Therefore his name was called Edom[Red]. But Jacob said, “Sell me your birthright as of this day.” And Esau said, “Look, I am about to die; so what is this birthright to me?” Then Jacob said, “Swear to me as of this day.” So he swore to him, & sold his birthright to Jacob. And Jacob gave Esau bread & stew of lentils; then he ate & drank, arose, & went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.”
Gen. 27:33-38—“Then Isaac trembled exceedingly, & said, “Who? Where is the one who hunted game & brought it to me? I ate all of it before you came, & I have blessed him--& indeed he shall be blessed.” When Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with an exceedingly great & bitter cry, & said to his father, “Bless me--me also, O my father!” But he said, “Your brother came with deceit & has taken away your blessing.” And Esau said, “Is he not rightly named Jacob? For he has supplanted me these two times. He took away my birthright, & now look, he has taken away my blessing!” And he said, “Have you not reserved a blessing for me?” Then Isaac answered & said to Esau, “Indeed I have made him your master, & all his brethren I have given to him as servants; with grain & wine I have sustained him. What shall I do now for you, my son?” And Esau said to his father, “Have you only one blessing, my father? Bless me--me also, O my father!” And Esau lifted up his voice & wept.”