One Last Chance: Cain

Cain and Abel

Cain killed his brother, Abel

We are looking at those that God only gave one last chance.

Cain was the first born son of Adam and Eve.  After his birth, Eve said “with the help of the Lord, I have brought forth a man.” Cain was the first human born.

Cain had a brother named Abel.   When they both brought their offerings to the Lord, God looked on Abel favorable but not on Cain. God became angry with Cain and told him to “do what is right.”

While working the field, Cain killed his brother Abel.  When God asked him what happened, he said “I don’t know.” Abel became the first man to die.

God did not take Cain’s life in that moment, but told him “the crop will no longer yield crops to you.”   Cain was left to wander the earth.

Cain was worried of being killed, but God placed a mark on him.  God said, “Anyone who kills Cain will suffer vengeance seven times over.” Cain then left the Lord’s presence.

Cain then built a city and named it for his son, Enoch.   Cain is mentioned for his unrighteousness in 1 John 3:12 and Jude 1:11.

 

What lessons can we learn from Cain?

Cain turned from God and wandered the world restlessly

Cain turned from God and wandered the world restlessly

  1. God looks at the heart
  2. God is honest with us through everything
  3. Often we don’t want to hear what God has to say
  4. Anger can lead to disastrous actions
  5. Jealousy can get the best of our emotions
  6. Revenge {murder} is never the answer
  7. We can lie to ourselves but not to God
  8. There are always consequences to our actions
  9. We have the option of deciding to continue to walk with God
  10. God still protects us, even when we depart from him
  11. Evil despises righteousness
  12. Our deeds will follow us

 

For others in the One Last Chance Series:

Adam and Eve

For the Second Chances series:

Old Testament: JonahJob,  SamsonRahabDavid and BathshebaMosesJoseph, and  Jacob

New Testament: Zacchaeus, Woman Caught in Adultery, The Prodigal Son, The Thief on the Cross, Saul to Paul, John Mark, and Peter

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