The Breadth of the Spread of Sin (Gen 4:16-26)

Author’s Note: I am preaching through Genesis on Wednesday nights. Here I will present edited notes in blog form. You can listen to the sermon below and download it here. May God be glorified and His people edified. Comments below if you like.

Tonight we are looking once again at the fourth chapter of Genesis, Genesis 4, the theme of which, as I understand it, is the spread of sin. In chapter three we saw the beginning of sin (the fall), and then the wages of sin (which is death). Then last week in looking at the account of Cain and Abel in the first half of chapter four we saw the depth of the spread of sin… how deep the spread of sin became. Tonight, then, we’re going to see how, with sin having entered the world, how wide it spread — the breadth of the spread of sin. So let’s pick up our reading in Genesis 4:16-26… Continue reading The Breadth of the Spread of Sin (Gen 4:16-26)

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The Depth of the Spread of Sin (Gen 4:1-15)

Author’s Note: I am preaching through Genesis on Wednesday nights. Here I will present edited notes in blog form. You can listen to the sermon below and download it here. May God be glorified and His people edified. Comments below if you like.

We move on now in our study of Genesis to the fourth chapter — Genesis 4 — where you might say we begin the rest of the story. Through Adam, sin has entered into the perfect world God created, and death through sin. The serpent has been cursed, the woman has been cursed, the man has been cursed. All of creation has been cursed. The man and woman have been driven out of the Garden of Eden by God; the perfect, sinless, communion, the fellowship they knew with God, be it ever so briefly, being corrupted. Everything in the world has been corrupted.

And yet there is no lack of hope. God has promised already, in Genesis 3:15, the seed of the woman will crush the head of the serpent. One day Satan and sin and death will themselves be dealt a fatal blow. So moving on from Genesis 3, on the one hand we are looking forward to the day that will happen, but on the other hand, until then, sin is in the world, the wages of sin is death, and since all who come from Adam will be born sinners, we see the spread of sin… the spread of sin.

If you want an overarching theme to Genesis 4 that’s it: the spread of sin. Let’s begin by reading our text: Genesis 4:1-15… 

Now the man had relations with his wife Eve, and she conceived and gave birth to Cain, and she said, “I have gotten a manchild with the help of the Lord.”  Again, she gave birth to his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of flocks, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. So it came about in the course of time that Cain brought an offering to theLord of the fruit of the ground. Abel, on his part also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of their fat portions. And the Lord had regard for Abel and for his offering; but for Cain and for his offering He had no regard. So Cain became very angry and his countenance fell. Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it.” Cain told Abel his brother. And it came about when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him.

Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” And he said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?”  He said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to Me from the ground. Now you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. When you cultivate the ground, it will no longer yield its strength to you; you will be a vagrant and a wanderer on the earth.” Cain said to the Lord, “My punishment is too great to bear! Behold, You have driven me this day from the face of the ground; and from Your face I will be hidden, and I will be a vagrant and a wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me.” So the Lord said to him, “Therefore whoever kills Cain, vengeance will be taken on him sevenfold.” And the Lord appointed a sign for Cain, so that no one finding him would slay him.

We do indeed see the depth of the spread of sin here. In just about every way, this account represents a decline even from what happened in the Garden of Eden. There man died spiritually and now, ejected from the Garden, this account shows him taking his own shovel to make his grave a deeper grave. Continue reading The Depth of the Spread of Sin (Gen 4:1-15)

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The Wages of Sin (Gen 3:8-24)

Author’s Note: I am preaching through Genesis on Wednesday nights. Here I will present edited notes in blog form. You can listen to the sermon below and download it here. May God be glorified and His people edified. Comments below if you like.

In our previous study we got into Genesis 3, where in verses 1-7 we read about the beginning of sin. In the first two chapters God created the heavens, the earth, and all that is in them, and He declared everything very good, including the man and man, whom He created in His image. But the beginning of sin was where the serpent deceived Eve, the man and woman chose to believe Satan instead of God. They weren’t satisfied with what God gave them. They coveted His divinity (being like God). So they took the fruit and ate, and as a result, spiritually died. Sin was introduced into the world. Death came in due course. Shame was introduced. The man and woman realized they were naked and they became ashamed. And if you recall from verse seven, they made for themselves coverings from sewn together fig leaves. That was the beginning of sin.

In the following passage, then, we see the wages of sin… God is holy and does not and will not leave sin unpunished, so now we see what happened when God confronted the man and the woman. So let’s now consider Genesis 3:8-24: Continue reading The Wages of Sin (Gen 3:8-24)

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The Beginning of Sin (Gen 3:1-7)

Author’s Note: I am preaching through Genesis on Wednesday nights. Here I will present edited notes in blog form. You can listen to the sermon below and download it here. May God be glorified and His people edified. Comments below if you like.

We should always been thinking about the cross. Why it was necessary. What it accomplished. And likewise, we should always be thinking about the resurrection, the empty tomb, and the implications of Jesus being alive for us, for eternity, and for right now. This is especially appropriate in this study as we move to Genesis 3 — where we see the beginning of sin.

Thus far in Genesis God has created the heavens and the earth and everything in them, and it is all good, very good even. The pinnacle of God’s creation being man, created in the image of God, male and female, perfect before God, perfect for one another, living in complete harmony in the garden of delight, the Garden of Eden.

Everything was perfect. Genesis 2:25: “The man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.” Man and woman were in a state of absolute innocence, fellowshipping with God, favorably disposed toward God. They obeyed God by obeying His command to cultivate and keep the garden. When God walked through the garden they did not run and hide from Him. There was, again, no shame, no fear, no guilt, no condemnation, no thought of evil.

And when we consider that, what we’re about to read now — the beginning of sin — is rivaled only by the accounts of the crucifixion of Jesus as the saddest texts ever written in any book. When we remember that from which man fell, when we read this we begin to understand how great a fall it has been. So let’s read. Continue reading The Beginning of Sin (Gen 3:1-7)

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Life in a Perfect World, Part 2: Man, Completed by God with Woman

Author’s Note: I am preaching through Genesis on Wednesday nights. Here I will present edited notes in blog form. You can listen to the sermon below and download it here. May God be glorified and His people edified. Comments below if you like.

In this study we continue in the second chapter of Genesis, and in particular verses 18-25. God created the heavens and the earth and all that is in them in chapter one. The crown of His creation is man on the sixth day, made the image of God, male and female, and God gives man dominion over the earth. On the seventh day, then, Genesis 2:1-3, God rests, not because He is tired but because He is satisfied with His finished work of creation. Then, He sanctifies that seventh day. So starting in verse four we go backwards to take a closer look at the creation, specifically that of man and The place God placed him, Eden. God provided man, first and foremost, with the breath of life. He made him a living being. He placed him in a lavish garden of delight. He gave man responsibilities to fulfill, commands to obey. God provided for man’s physical needs, and also his spiritual needs. Man isn’t created to be his own sovereign. He is created to worship and obey God, to have communion with Him, community with Him.

But where we left things in the last study, man isn’t quite whole. If this makes any sense, he has been created perfectly, but God has not yet given him wholeness… completion. That is what is addressed in these eight verses, Genesis 2:18-25, so let’s read.…

Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.” Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called a living creature, that was its name.  The man gave names to all the cattle, and to the birds of the sky, and to every beast of the field, but for Adam there was not found a helper suitable for him.  So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh at that place.  The Lord God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man.  The man said,

“This is now bone of my bones,
And flesh of my flesh;
She shall be called Woman,
Because she was taken out of Man.”

For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh. And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.

Continue reading Life in a Perfect World, Part 2: Man, Completed by God with Woman

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