“If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire (is) for you, but you should rule over it.” (Genesis 4:7)
A rejection. A murder. A curse. These were the series of events that spell out the tragedy of Cain: a man of pride, jealousy, and ungodly character. The account of his broken relationship with God in Genesis 4:1-16 is a powerful reminder of the gravity of man falling into sin’s control. But amidst the drama lies an important promise complemented by a warning. God promises to “accept” us – lift and exalt us – if we do well. God warns that sin can readily ensnare us if we do not do well.
And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!” (Mark 4:41)
The disciples panicked when the storm on the sea of Galilee threatened their lives. In fear, they asked their sleeping Master if He did not care that they perished. Then, Jesus arose from His sleep and rebuked the wind and the waves, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!”. And there suddenly came a great calm. Witnessing His supernatural power over nature, the disciples responded in fear, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!”