Friday, July 2, 2010

A Man Is Only As Good As His Thoughts: Genesis 6:5

" The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the face of the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually" - Genesis 6:5

It says in many places in the Bible that sin originates in the mind. As men we are just as capable of sinning with our thoughts as we are of sinning physically in some cases even more so because we forget that there is an ever present Watcher who knows our thoughts. In Christ we are called to hold our thoughts captive to the Word and love God with all our heart soul mind and strength bending every wayward idea to Christ's standard. In the time of Noah these men were constantly dwelling on evil causing their words and deeds to become increasingly evil to point where, "seeking to become wise they became fools exchanging the truth of God for a lie worshipping the creature rather than the Creator" (Rom 1: 22-23)
Because of man's fallen nature he desires evil; there is no good in him. As Christians we must not allow ourselves to be led astray by those who should be led to Christ. Our thoughts can be held captive by Christ or the World and we must fight to "work out our salvation with fear and, trembling for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work His good pleasure."
(Phil. 2: 12b-13)

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Am I My Brothers Keeper?

Cain's arrogance in chapter four of Genesis is covering up the guilt for the murder of his brother. Thinking he can fool God he tries to blow Him off with a sarcastic retort about whether or not it is his (Cain's) job to keep track of Able. God calls Cain on it telling him what he has done and cursing him to the life of a nomad.
But this all roots from Cain's rebellious spirit. Earlier in this chapter Cain's sacrifice is rejected because he does not present the Lord with the right offering. The offering here shows that Cain's heart was not in the right place. God calls for obedience to His commands. At this time it was a lamb for an offering symbolizing the coming Christ. Cain gave his first fruits instead. As a result of this rejection Cain became angry with Able because God favored him for obeying Him. Thus, Cain killed Able.
It is interesting to note that although Cain was bothered when he was asked where Able was, there is no sign that he was just as disgruntled when God told Him his sin. Don't we do the same? Can't we be just as hypocritical? We are bothered by the inconvenience of responsibility, but at the same time are taught by the culture that sin is fine and to be expected making it all the more difficult to be in the world, but not of it.