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Summary: 3 of 4. Cain’s lack of repentance & subsequent grudge, ended in his brother’s murder. Willful unrepentance opens the door to tragedy. What is the tragedy? The tragedies of unrepentance are a Lost...

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THE TRAGEDY OF UNREPENTANCE-III—Genesis 4:1-24

Attention:

Repentance is vital to a true Christian. Repentance is necessary to anyone really seeking God.

Need:

Why don’t I have the relationship to God that others seem to have? Where is the power of God in my life?....Does God even hear me?

Unrepentance always ends badly, in a loss. It is always tragic.

Isa. 59:1-2—“Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, That it cannot save; Nor His ear heavy, That it cannot hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear.”

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.

We have seen previously that...A tragedy of unrepentance is a Lost...

1. AUTHORITY/Importance/Position(:1)

2. LIVELIHOOD(:2(:11-12))

3. WORSHIP(:3, 5)

4. RESPECT(:4-5)

5. COUNSEL(:6-7a)

6. ACCEPTANCE(:7a)

7. CONTROL(:7b-c)

8. LIFE/Purpose(:8)

Furthermore we find that:

9—A tragedy of unrepentance is a Lost......

CONCERN(:9)

Explanation:(:9)Connection

:9—Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?””

YaHWeH again speaks to Cain(:6-7), after his utter failure. He is asked, much as Adam was asked(3:9), the whereabouts of his brother Abel. This highlights his physical relationship & the responsibility inherent to it.

The LORD has concern for us. The LORD is concerned with our attitude toward sin. Known trespasses of which we are unwilling to repentant, are glossed over by a haughty prideful attitude.

*God sees all our sins even the ones done in private.

Cain’s sharp response reveals his spiritually cauterized heart(1Tim. 4:2). He denies any obligation to the One asking as well as toward his brother’s well-being. His concise reply makes it plain that he neither knows nor cares. This reply is of course a lie because he killed his brother by his own hand.

Cain carries such disdain for both God & his brother that he has the nerve to ask God a rhetorical question regarding his own responsibility. Had God indeed made him responsible for his brother’s well-being? Cain carries/entertains no such obligation in mind or heart.

“Know”—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.).

“Keeper”—rmv shaw-mar'—1) To keep, guard, observe, give heed. Strong—properly, To hedge about (as with thorns), i.e. Guard; generally, to protect, attend to, etc.:-- Beware, be circumspect, take heed (to self), keep(-er, self), mark, look narrowly, observe, preserve, regard, reserve, save (self), sure, (that lay) wait (for), watch(-man).


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