Monday, August 01, 2016

Quick Judgment

Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?”
He said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?”
10 And He said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood cries out to Me from the ground. 11 So now you are cursed from the earth, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. 12 When you till the ground, it shall no longer yield its strength to you. A fugitive and a vagabond you shall be on the earth.”
Genesis 4:9-12, NKJV

Quick Judgment

We find an interesting scenario in these first few chapters of the book of Genesis. God is speaking directly to the people--in this case, Cain. Already knowing the answer, God asked Cain, "Where is Abel your brother?" Notice that Cain did not directly answer God, but rather sought to divert Him, when he answered, "Am I my brother's keeper?"

Is this a familiar tactic to us? Yes, it is. Rather than state the obvious, we try to divert the question or even change the subject. While that may work in our conversations with one another, the problem here is that Cain was speaking to God. God already knew that Cain had murdered Abel.

God then said, "What have you done? The voice of your brother's blood cries out to Me from the ground."

This is a concept that we, today, have difficulty in understanding. Unjust murders, whether solved by our crime detectives or not, are known to God. Their spilled blood cries out to God from the land in which they were spilled. Keep in mind that this also includes the murder of babies still inside the womb of their mothers.

God, in the case of Cain, was the detective, the jury, and the judge. No further investigation was needed to find out the truth. God then passed judgment upon Cain.

"When you till the ground, it shall no longer yield its strength to you. A fugitive and a vagabond you shall be on the earth."

Note that God did not actually sentence Cain to death. Though capital punishment later became the law of the land as ordered by God, He did not put Cain to death. However, whatever ease Cain had in life was gone. Remember, Cain was a keeper of the land. The land, however, would no longer respond to Cain. Though he would move from place to place, he would no longer be that successful "farmer."

What would our world be like today if God directly interceded whenever a crime was committed? It certainly would change our society, would it not? Yet, God has not chosen to continue the practice He began with Adam, Eve, and Cain. Very few people throughout all of time have had the privilege of conversing directly with God.

Through purposes known only to Him, God has allowed man to live in his sin. Look at the devastating results today when nation after nation is ruled by corrupt leaders. It has certainly created a bleak society. We cannot even imagine what a truly just government would be like.

Yet, this will not always be the case. This world is on a timer, so to speak. God created this world, and when the world became corrupted by sin, God provided a Redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ. Though God's people live side by side with unbelievers and are even corrupted by their own sin, that will not always be the case. God has already determined the end. 

We know that Christ will return again, the devil and his demons will be cast into the lake of fire, man will be judged, and God will separate the sheep from the goats (the believers from the unbelievers). It will be a day of dread for the unbelievers as they will be cast into the lake of fire with the devil and his followers.

For God's children, however, it will be a glorious day. Sin will no longer have dominion over this world. God will destroy the world and create a new earth and new heavens. Overcome with joy, God's people will fall down and worship Him. Never again will God's people be corrupted by sin--their own or others.

What an amazing God we serve. Go to Him now, for today is the day of salvation.

God Bless You,

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