As explained in Genesis 4, Adam made love to his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain. Perhaps the greatest miracle ever is the miracle of birth. We are a miracle; somebody incredibly special. The language of God called DNA was written out to describe who we are ordained to be.
God made us all and to this day, the human body is far more advanced than any other technologically advanced thing known in the world. The human body is fearfully and wonderfully made and the God of the heavens is the one who put it together. It is when sin enters in that there is a problem.
Going back to today’s passage; as time passed, another son was born named Abel. When Cain and Abel grew and became young men, Abel was in charge of the flocks and Cain grew crops. In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord. And Abel brought an offering – fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering (v. 3-4). This made Cain jealous; so jealous and angry that he killed his brother.
Instead of telling God the truth and repenting, Cain disclaimed responsibility for his actions by explaining that it was not up to him to watch his brother. When God told Cain that he would be cursed and the crops would no longer yield abundance for him, he said he couldn’t bear the punishment and blamed God for his predicament.
We are responsible for our own actions; ruling over our actions and if we maintain our integrity and do what is right, the reward will come in time. Not only did Cain not do what was right, but he tried to hide the truth from God and didn’t ask for forgiveness; only offering the excuse “I’m not my brother’s keeper (v. 9).”
God, we come to You today with humility; owning up to our mistakes and being honest. We need Your Spirit to give us direction each day. You know everything we do. We are each fearfully and wonderfully made because that is how You made us. There is no need for anger or jealousy because as long as we accept Your son, You have a reward for us. Amen.