“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.
There was one time when some observed that a brother was departing from the right path. His actions spoke louder than his words. His walking into temptation disturbed his brothers. They didn’t like what they saw. They decided to let him know how they felt about where he was heading. They cried out against him because what he was doing was outright wrong. But the brother would not listen. He felt that they did not hear him in return. Ensnared in sin, he filtered their words through his ego and believed they were not being understanding. Gradually, they became his enemies. Then this brother totally departed from the truth (cf. 1 Tim 4:1-3).
God commanded Jonah, “Arise, go into Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before Me” (Jon 1:2). After learning the first of a few big lessons in his life, Jonah did enter the city and said, “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” (Jon 3:4). Continue reading