Genesis 4:23-26
Lamech said to his wives, “Adah and Zillah, listen to me! Wives of Lamech, hear what I say! I killed a man for bruising me, a young man for wounding me.
If Cain is avenged 7 times, then Lamech, 77 times.”
Adam knew his wife again. She gave birth to a son and named him Seth, because {she said,} “God has given me another child in place of Abel, since Cain killed him.”
A son was also born to Seth, and he named him Enosh. At that time people began to worship the LORD.

One doesn’t have to look far to discover that this nation and the world is divided against itself. Devastating civil wars and conflicts have resulted in one of the largest mass migrations in modern history. Even as we speak, a caravan of immigrants makes their way from Honduras and Guatemala hoping to find refuge in this country. Ousted socialist forces have perpetrated a false promise that buses would be waiting on any who would head toward America. These desperate people have no idea how uncertain their fate really is.

The venom that afflicts our own political systems is evident from the past Supreme Court nominations to the midterm elections this coming week. It has polarized our nations and threatens the harmony of families and even the faithful. With the proliference of so-called fake news, one cannot be quite certain what is to be trusted. The most binding comment right now about the elections is that everyone will be glad when it is over.

God defines that sin as the rejection of His Lordship as demonstrated by Eve and Adam’s first sin and by the rejection of one’s obligation to their neighbors as shown by Cain’s murder of his brother Abel. As Jesus summarized it, we are to love the Lord our God and our neighbor as ourselves.

That sin no longer crouches at our door but has reaped a harvest of pain and destruction upon mankind. What we experience today is but a glimpse of what has ravaged mankind since those first days. God has taken the complexity of this life and clarified it to the simplest steps. Determine how you view God and your fellow man and all shall proceed from those two decisions.

Those consequences were to be found in the descendants of Cain and their impact of their world. What follows was the expansion of Cain’s rejection of God and his choice to distance himself from any contact with God.

Though offered multiple attempts to rectify his relationship with God and his estranged family, Cain chose to wander further away and sought to create a world in his image and not God’s. A study of that world is not only insightful to us today, it is revealing. It gives us the platform to see how God views all these digressions.

For God, there was and remains only two types of people in this world. Unlike the identity politics of today that divide one man against another, God looks upon man considering those first two principles that are irrevocably linked. There are those who reverence their relationship with their Creator and respect their relationships with the created and then there are those who do not.

 

Excerpt from Sermon: Two Legacies

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