Something happened in Genesis Chapter 4. One man was not happy. His name was Cain Adams!!
Genesis 4:5. “…Cain was very angry and his face was downcast” (NIV). Actually all Bible versions used strong languages to describe Cain’s reaction on that day – the anger in his heart and the look on his face. He was dejected, upset, looked depressed, disappointed, his countenance fell, and his expression was downcast.
Why? Because his God rejected his offering. And to make matters worse, this God accepted his bother Abel’s offering. All these happened earlier, on that sane day.
“When it was time for the harvest, Cain presented some of his crops as a gift to the LORD. Abel also brought a gift – the best of the firstborn lambs from his flock” Genesis 4:3-4.
Those were days of great increase and bumper harvests, so I believe that whatever both of offered God were definitely the best quality. Cain gave of his crops and Abel gave of his crops. And the Bible repeatedly proves that God accepts both crops and animals as sacrifices in those days.
There was no problem with the quality of their sacrifices, but there was a problem with the quality of their hearts; as God would later reveal in His big speech: “You will be accepted if you do what is right”. Yeah those were the exact words He used.
Genesis 4:7 – “Why are you so angry?” the LORD asked Cain. “Why do you look so dejected? You will be accepted if you do what is right. But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master.”
One day Cain suggested to his brother, “Let’s go out into the fields.” And while they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother, Abel, and killed him. Genesis 4:8
Genesis chapter 4 is notorious for it’s first crime against humanity – Murder. Family Feud. Exile. Legendary questions like “Am I my Brother’s Keeper?”. Legendary acts like Cain being his own Defense Attorney. And the legendary first polygamy.
But beyond all these, it is a chapter full of lessons of God’s love, the type known as Tough Love, which He displayed towards an erring Son – Cain Adams! God saw Cain’s heart, and the erring tendencies. God was reaching out to him, setting him straight, but Cain was just not getting it. The only language he could understand was a clear and loud act of rejection. God gave him a set of options. It was too bad he chose the wrong option. He wouldn’t do ‘right’, he wouldn’t subdue the sin, but allowed wrong deed to control his life. Even then, God wouldn’t give up on him. Yes, it is called Tough Love!!!
The chapter ended with a Beam of Hope where more and more people can call upon th name of the Lord.
Genesis 4: 26 – “At that time people first began to worship the LORD by name”.
Unless otherwise states, all Scriptures are from the New Living Translation of the Holy Bible.