THEME: FALL OF MAN
“So the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? 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.” 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.”
-The seed of Adam was the first casualty of his fall. Cain, Adam first born son whose name means “here he is”, out of anger killed Abel his brother. Abel’s name means “breath or temporary” probably named so since his life was to be cut short. Although God cautioned Cain that sin was lying at his door and he should master it, he could not control his anger. Cain could not stop at a warning, his sacrifice was not acceptable probably because of his lack of faith. Hebrews 11:4 reveals that, “by faith Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did. By faith he was commended as righteous, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead.” Cain could not wait for the sun to go down, before he killed his brother Abel, whose blood continues to speak. Such is a common narrative in our society today. Brother kills brother, spouse kills the other, father or son kills the entire family etc. Anger and bitterness is a ticking time bomb that seeks to explode anyone who comes too close. The Bible says in Ephesians 4:26-27, that “Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil.” Cain could not spare his own brother probably because the condition of his heart was not right before the Lord and he failed to forgive. Unforgiveness becomes a major root cause of such atrocities and a total failure of one to partake of God’s grace. Jesus calls us to forgive each other seventy times seven times (Matthew 18:22). And cautions us from unforgiveness says that, “if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses” (Matthew 6:14-15).
Dear Almighty Father we come before You today with humble hearts. We humbly beseech You to cleanse our hearts from all forms of bitterness, anger, rage, malice, pride, deceit, lies, unbelief, unforgiveness and all evil. Wash us dear Jesus with Your precious blood and make us complete in You. Only Your blood Jesus speaks better things than that of Abel. Cleanse our society and nation from all blood shed, corruption and oppression merciful Savior. We humble ourselves before You Abba Father asking You for mercy, forgive us. Remember mercy dear Jesus. Remember mercy loving Father. Remember mercy Holy Spirit, we humbly ask You. Heal our land Lord and reign in our nation. Heal our hearts and reign in our lives. Heal our families and reign in our homes. Heal our society and reign with Your peace, our Prince of peace. May Your peace prevail dear Jesus. We call on You for peace in our society and nation. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us now and forever more. Amen
Further reading: Matthew 23:35, Hebrews 12:24, 2 Chronicles 7:14
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