This chapter is about two brothers. Cain, the older brother ends up killing his younger sibling Abel.
Even before the first murder after creation occurs, God warns Cain that “sin is crouching” at his door, and that he needs to master it. Well the exact opposite is what occurs, as Cain invites Abel to the field and kills him.
This reminded me that knowing we have a weakness is not enough. We need to find a way to equip ourselves to master them.
When God confronts Cain and asks him where his brother is, he responds with, “Am I my brothers keeper?”.
This response appears to be a callous one with indifference to what he has done. Cain’s punishment is that he will work the land and it will no longer yield its crops. He responds to God by saying, “My punishment is more than I can bear.” He no longer feels indifferent, but he still does not respond with remorse. Rather, he responds with self pity.
Another reminder from todays reading is to do as Abel, and give to God the first and best that we have. Our offerings to Him should not thoughtless or careless, but a choice, generous offering motivated by positive attitude within our heart.
How do I respond when someone challenges me with my actions? Am I slow to speak and quick to listen? Do I take responsibility for what I’ve done?
It is interesting how it was evident with Adam and Eve, and now today with Cain, that even shortly after creation, they were in need of something greater than themselves. The same is true today.