Monday, January 5, 2009

From Good Stock

Have you heard that saying? She/he comes from good stock. Well, we all come from the same stock, so we all come from good stock. As we read Friday in Gen. 4-6 we see the stock we came from.

Fist, we have the first man and woman coming to know each other in an intimate way, and bearing children. The first two sons, Cain and Abel. Then we have the first offerings recorded, although we see that Cain and Abel both brought offerings, that they must have been taught from the very beginning from their parents about offerings given unto the LORD.
1.) Gen. 4 v 3.....And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the LORD.....
It doesn't say he brought an offering of the first fruits, just some fruit of the ground.
We can learn a valuable lesson here about what it is exactly that we are to give to the LORD in our offerings. That would be our best. If it is not have a sacrifice, you have not given your best.

2.) Gen. 4 v 4...Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock, and of their fat. And the Lord respected Abel and his offering.....
Abel brought the best he had to give to the LORD.

Then Cain becomes jealous, even though he is the one who did wrong. The Lord tries to give him a way out and correct his mistake.

3.) Gen. 4 v 7....If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it......

God tries to tell Cain, that if he does right, then he will be rewarded, but if he continues to do wrong, then he is opening the door to sin in his life, and the sin will rule over him. But that he has the power to turn away from sin, and rule over the sin, instead of the other way around. The same is true for us today. We have a way out no matter what sin we have committed. If we repent and turn away from that sin, then we have the power over that sin, Jesus defeated sin for us, but we have to choose whether to continue to walk in sin or to walk according to the word of GOD.

Because Cain let his jealousy fester and did not change he fell into the trap of sin and murdered his own brother.

4.) Gen. 4 v 8....Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him....

Next we see the genealogy of Adam, and we see that there was a third son born, Seth. We see that the men of those days lived very long lives. This is where we read of the oldest man in the Bible, Methuselah, who we find out a few scriptures down is Noah's grandfather.

5.) Gen. 5 v all the days of Methuselah were nine-hundred and sixty nine years; and he died....

*A tid-bit....Methuselah's grandfather, Jared lived nine-hundred, and sixty two years....**, making him the second oldest recorded man in the bible.
That is what I call good stock.

Now God gets so fed up with mankind, and says He can not put up with our foolish ways forever. So He says, mankind shall live to be one hundred twenty years old..

6.) Gen. 6 v 3...and the LORD said, "My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.".....

However, God finds favor in Noah and makes a covenant with him. He tells him He has lost all confidence in mankind and will wipe out every living, breathing creature on the face of the earth that He has created. He tells Noah to build an ark, and just who will go into the ark with him to be spared.

7.) Gen. 6 v 17-20....And behold, I Myself am bringing floodwaters on the earth, to destroy from under heaven all flesh in which is the breath of life; everything that is on the earth shall die. But I will establish My covenant with you; and you shall go into the ark, you, your sons, your wife, and your sons' wives with you. And of every living thing of all flesh you shall bring two of every sort into the ark, to keep them alive with you, they shall be male and female. Of the birds after their kind, of animals after their kind, and of every creeping thing of the earth after its kind, two of every kind will come to you to keep them alive.....

So there you have it, we all come from the stock of Noah and his three sons. We are all brothers and sisters in Christ, all the way back to the beginning. AMEN!

RTB Gen. 13-15

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