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Genesis 4:1-16- Crime and Punishment- Grace Rejected

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Next Week’s Sermon: Genesis 4:17-26 - Cain’s Family: Increase in Civilization and Increase in Wickedness.

Sermon Notes:

Main idea:This passage calls us to be honest about our sin, to fight it, to be humbled by it, and to continually come to Christ to receive His forgiving grace.

There is a necessity for humility, repentance, dependance and faith in order to conquer sin.

VV. 1-5 Cain rejected the ______ to the LORD in worship.

Offspring: two sons, Cain and Abel

Occupation: They both had two different types of ______.

Offerings: They both differed in their ______.

The LORD did not ______ Cain and his offering.

-Abel - his acceptance was _______by faith. Abel was accepted because of his faith. His faith was evident in a love that showed in giving God: the ________ and the __________.

But for Cain - there was a ______, God did not accept his offering. The rejection of Cain’s sinful worship produced a sinful response: _______

VV. 6-9 Cain rejected the ________of the LORD over his worship and his anger.

God warns that Sin is ________.

Cain then rejects the LORD’s warnings and commits his ______.

Cain rises up and ________his brother.

Cain’s reason for killing: “For this is the message which you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another; (12) not as Cain, who was of the evil one and slew his brother. And for what reason did he slay him? Because his deeds were evil, and his brother’s were righteous” 1 John 3:12

Cain adds sin upon sin: He _______to God and rejects his responsibility to care for his brother. He ___________God.

VV. 10-14 Cain rejects the LORD’s ________.

Abel's blood is Crying out. God sees and knows everything. Abel speaks of what sin deserves, but also of how we are accepted before God. Hebrews 11:4 By faith Abel offered to God a better sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained the testimony that he was righteous, God testifying about his gifts, and through faith, though he is dead, he still speaks.

The LORD _______Cain.

Cain then ________of God’s punishment. He is not sorrowful for his sin, but panicking over his punishment.

VV. 15-16 Cain rejects the LORD’s grace

The LORD showed His ______for Cain in giving him a sign or mark so that no one would kill him.

Don’t be like Cain.

We are pointed to the gospel in Cain’s life when we reflect on:

Abel’s ______. We who are poor in spirit are saved by faith

Abel’s _______. Christ Jesus was the perfect lamb of God who was without sin, a fitting substitute.

Abel’s _______. Christ’s death satisfies the LORD’s justice and gives us mercy.

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