As the topic of last week’s post, Cain demonstrated how the contents of his heart were revealed not only upon his face, but through his actions.
His jealousy and other sin led to the murder of his brother, Abel.
As I studied Genesis 4 in further depth with my son this week, I noticed not only Cain’s sin as the theme of the passage, but God’s proffered forgiveness, as well.
During their conversations, God opened the door several times for Cain to confess all. Rather than point out Cain’s sin in an “I know what you did” way, as he certainly had the right to, God questioned Cain.
He asked his first question in response to Cain’s wrath after the rejection of his offering.
And the Lord said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? – Genesis 4:6,7a
Then, after Cain murdered his brother, God questioned him again.
And the Lord said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? – Genesis 4:9a
And he said, What hast thou done? – Genesis 4:10a
God sought honest answers from Cain. And if Cain had answered God honestly, admitting his sin, the course of his life may have shifted forever. Humility would have replaced his pride, and truthfulness his lies. His existence as he knew it would have crumbled, but God would have rebuilt it into something better and stronger.
But Cain refused God’s gentle leading, instead clutching his bitterness with a death grip.
And (Cain) said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper? – Genesis 4:9b
How glad I am that we are the children of a God who not only offers forgiveness, but who wants to forgive!
He is waiting for those who have never met him to seek and find him.
He is always ready for those who know him to return when we stray.
It doesn’t matter how black the deed or how far the fall, he offers forgiveness.
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. – II Peter 3:9