As I wrote yesterday about the gifts Cain and Abel gave God, I looked at how we are to give God our best. He doesn't want our left-overs, He wants our best. When we have the greatness of God at the forefront of our minds we will want to give Him our best. When we are focused more on ourselves, in our hearts we have diminished how great God truly is. Today, we will see what happens in our hearts the more we allow ourselves to forget who He is. Please read Genesis 4:6-16.
Reading through this story, we see that Cain killed his brother, Abel. This is the first recorded murder in the history of the world, but there is something that I want to point out in these verses. The thing that stuck out at me was what God said to Cain in verse 7, "Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master.” Notice the words "eager to control you." Have you ever thought of sin as something that wanted to control you? The word that is translated as eager to control is the Hebrew word, tĕshuwqah. This word means to desire, to have a longing, or a craving and can also refer to a beast devouring something (see footnote 1). Does that give you a strong word picture? Sin wants to devour you, but God also shows us that we can master it. We even see how Cain was unable to master it when he murdered his brother and again when he answered God's question with insolence.
How do we master sin? It is not by our own power, but through Christ this can happen! God told Cain that Abel's blood was crying out to Him, but there is another reference to this blood in the New Testament. Hebrews 12:24 says, "...to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel." When Christ died on the cross, His blood spoke a much different message to both God and all of us. The word is forgiveness. Anyone who believes this word is spoken over us through Christ is forgiven. Praise God this word is spoken over us! When we are in Christ we are forgiven, so what does this mean? It means we are no longer slaves to sin! Romans 6:6 says, "We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin." Through Christ, we master sin and sin no longer owns us and Jesus is our master and Savior.
Who is your master?
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1. Blue Letter Bible. "Dictionary and Word Search for tĕshuwqah (Strong's 8669)". Blue Letter Bible. 1996-2012. 27 Apr 2012. < http:// www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H8669&t=NLT >