Genuine Worship-Genesis 4:2-12

Genesis 4:2-12 “Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. 3 In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord. 4 But Abel brought fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering, 5 but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast. 6 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? 7 If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it.” 8 Now Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go out to the field.” And while they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him. 9 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” “I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?” 10 The Lord said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground. 11 Now you are under a curse and driven from the ground, which opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. 12 When you work the ground, it will no longer yield its crops for you. You will be a restless wanderer on the earth.”
Genesi 4:2-12 « Poi partorì ancora Abele, fratello di lui. Abele fu pastore di pecore; Caino lavoratore della terra. 3 Avvenne, dopo qualche tempo, che Caino fece un’offerta di frutti della terra al Signore. 4 Abele offrì anch’egli dei primogeniti del suo gregge e del loro grasso. Il Signore guardò con favore Abele e la sua offerta, ma non guardò con favore Caino e la sua offerta. Caino ne fu molto irritato, e il suo viso era abbattuto. 6 Il Signore disse a Caino: «Perché sei irritato? E perché hai il volto abbattuto? 7 Se agisci bene, non rialzerai il volto? Ma se agisci male, il peccato sta spiandoti alla porta, e i suoi desideri sono rivolti contro di te; ma tu dominalo!» 8 Un giorno Caino parlava con suo fratello Abele e, trovandosi nei campi, Caino si avventò contro Abele, suo fratello, e lo uccise. 9 Il Signore disse a Caino: «Dov’è Abele, tuo fratello?» Egli rispose: «Non lo so. Sono forse il guardiano di mio fratello?» 10 Il Signore disse: «Che hai fatto? La voce del sangue di tuo fratello grida a me dalla terra. 11 Ora tu sarai maledetto, scacciato lontano dalla terra che ha aperto la sua bocca per ricevere il sangue di tuo fratello dalla tua mano. 12 Quando coltiverai il suolo, esso non ti darà più i suoi prodotti e tu sarai vagabondo e fuggiasco sulla terra».
 
     As sin entered the world through the actions of Adam and Eve, their children were faced with the effects of sin. As God sacrificed an animal in order to provide clothing for them, the model of acceptable worship was now established. Both Cain and Abel knew what the Lord required of them. Abel followed the mandate of God to rule over creation and therefore kept flocks while Cain willingly chose to work the soil. Both knew the consequences of their actions but Cain rebelled against God’s requirement. Somehow he thought God would accept his sacrifice and approve of his offering. His anger at God led to a deeper resentment which prompted him to plot and then execute the first murder. When the Apostle John speaks about love for one another, he uses the example of Cain: “Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother.” 1 John 3:12. Because he allowed the evil one to master him, the homicidal blood polluted the land for future labor and Cain’s life became fruitless and unstable. 
     There are many lessons that can be brought out by these verses but it all starts with worship. There is no shortage of attempts by the evil one to convince us to offer less than our best to God. Isaiah 29:13 is repeated by Jesus in Mathew 15:8-9: “These people honor me with their lips but their hearts are far from me. 9 They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.'” Worship that is acceptable to God should be the best we have to give from our heart; any other effort will not bring His favor. 
Pray with me: Lord, I am reminded once again that genuine worship opens the door to the favor of God. Help me to close the door to the evil one and worship the Lord with all my heart, soul, mind and strength.


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