After Adam and Eve were evicted from the garden, they had two sons, Cain and Abel.
Cain became a farmer, Abel became a rancher.
Cain decided one day to try to gain God’s favor by giving him a gift of some of the produce from his field.
Abel sacrificed several choice lambs from the best of his flock.
God accepted Abel’s offering, but not Cain’s.
This made Cain very angry and dejected.
“Why are you so angry?” the LORD asked him. “Why do you look so dejected? You will be accepted if you respond in the right way. But if you don’t respond correctly, then watch out! Sin is waiting to attack and destroy you, and you must subdue it.”
Warning ignored. Cain killed his brother.
God didn’t kill Cain. Cain lived on, had sons and daughters, built a city.
But, the sin that was waiting to attack and destroy killed his ability to hear and obey the voice of God.
His descendants didn’t hear his voice either. Because they were created in the image of God, they invented tents, musical instruments, bronze and iron instruments, all while creating for themselves a life that did not include the will of the Creator.
But there were a few that continued to listen for the divine whisper. Seth, the third zone of Adam, who, during his lifetime, people began to worship the Creator.
Enoch, several generations from Adam, who lived in such close fellowship with God, when he was 365 years old, he disappeared from the earth, because God took him.
And Noah. The earth had become corrupt in God’s sight, and he world’s thoughts were consistently and totally evil. But Noah was a righteous man, the only blameless man living on the earth at the time. He consistently followed God’s will and enjoyed a close relationship with him.
So God told him to build a boat.
And Noah did everything exactly as God had commanded.
Nothing has changed much, has it?
Still fighting, still angry and dejected, the sons of Cain are still looking to destroy those on whom God’s favor rests, those that God accepts as his own.
The sons of Cain and the sons of God form two families that occupy the earth.
Maybe now would be a good time to figure out which family is yours.
There are some who say,”You don’t choose God, God chooses you.”
A dead man can’t choose life.
Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your heart.
Choose you this day whom you will serve.