June 24, 2018

The Godless Man

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Passage: Genesis 4:9-16
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Genesis 4:9-16

[9] Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper?” [10] And the LORD said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to me from the ground. [11] And now you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. [12] When you work the ground, it shall no longer yield to you its strength. You shall be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth.” [13] Cain said to the LORD, “My punishment is greater than I can bear. [14] Behold, you have driven me today away from the ground, and from your face I shall be hidden. I shall be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me.” [15] Then the LORD said to him, “Not so! If anyone kills Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold.” And the LORD put a mark on Cain, lest any who found him should attack him. [16] Then Cain went away from the presence of the LORD and settled in the land of Nod, east of Eden.

DEEP SHEET: Sermon Study Questions
1.  Why does the Holy Spirit want us to take a close look at Cain? Why is this like looking at a mirror for the unbeliever or an old photo and the enemy within for the believer?
2.  How is Cain’s response to God’s call to confess different from that of Adam? Why is it so important that we maintain an attitude of confession towards God?
3.  How does God’s curse on Cain serve as both a comfort and a warning?
4.  What does Cain’s complaint tell us about his heart/thinking? In what ways have you seen the same attitudes or qualities in yourself?
5.  Why does God put a mark on Cain?
6.  What does Cain’s departure from God’s presence communicate about his overall attitude towards God?
7.  How do Cain’s curse and Abel’s blood point us to Christ?

References: Genesis 3:9, 12; Psalm 51:17; Proverbs 28:13; Psalm 9:7-12; Romans 12:19; Ecclesiastes 12:14; 1 John 3:12; Isaiah 24:20; Revelation 16:8-11; Matthew 5:45; Galatians 3:13; Hebrews 12:24.

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