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The Sacrifice

Friday, March 14, 2003 • Pastor Wanda Boone • Spiritual Maturity
Evaluating your offering to the Lord

The Sacrifice

Isaiah 61:10, I will rejoice greatly in the Lord, My soul will exult in my God; For He has clothed me with garments of salvation, He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

 

The garments of the Lord are glorious and more precious than anything that we can imagine. Think of yourself as royalty having been wrapped in supernatural array.

 

Genesis 3:7 Then the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves apronlike girdles.

 

Adam and Eve attempted to cover themselves. They were unsuccessful in their attempt. They were partially covered their nakedness.

 

Genesis 3: 21 For Adam also and for his wife the Lord God made long coats (tunics) of skins and clothed them.

 

The Lord provided them with His garments, made of skins. There was a sacrificial animal and the shedding of blood.

 

Genesis 4:1-7 AND ADAM knew Eve as his wife, and she became pregnant and bore Cain; and she said, I have gotten and gained a man with the help of the Lord.
2And [next] she gave birth to his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.

 

It is of note that Abel kept the sheep and that Cain tilled the ground. Abel had responsibility for the sheep and the lambs. No doubt Adam and Eve shared their experience re: the sacrifice with their sons.


3And in the course of time Cain brought to the Lord an offering of the fruit of the ground.
4And Abel brought of the firstborn of his flock and of the fat portions. And the Lord had respect and regard for Abel and for his offering.

 

Cain brought an offering to God that resembled his parents' offering of fig leaves. Abel brought  an offering after the command of the Lord.


5But for Cain and his offering He had no respect or regard. So Cain was exceedingly angry and indignant, and he looked sad and depressed.
6And the Lord said to Cain, Why are you angry? And why do you look sad and depressed and dejected?
7If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin crouches at your door; its desire is for you, but you must master it.

 

The Lord gave Cain an opportunity to do the right thing. Cain's pride and bad attitude would not allow him to follow the instruction of the Lord. What do you think Cain said?, "I am grown! I can do what I want!, Do you know how hard I worked on this crop?" Cain killed his brother.

 

What are the lessons that we can learn from Cain?

1.       Do what God through His Word says to do.

2.       Accept God's Word as true.

3.       Know that the Word of God seeks the ultimate best for us

4.       A bad attitude can blind us to the truth

5.       Sin lies in wait to destroy us

6.       We can and must master/overcome sin

 

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