ASV notes on Genesis 4:4-6 and questions

God is good and fair and knows all about you

You cannot impress or fool God

God always looks to the heart to know that the action is genuine, in this case, that Abel meant to please God with the best he had. You cannot fool God with long prayer or that many are praying at the same time, or good behavior, nice clothing and persuading speaking. How usual is it today that uneducated fishermen are leaders in churches? What matters to men does not necessarily mean that God approves it. But don’t misunderstand me, Paul, the apostle. Was highly educated and wrote half the New Testament.

Credit card

What is important are not what we do, but the intention and thoughts behind it? If what’s in our mind is in our heart, it leads to action without expecting to be applauded by men or society, and then, what you do pleases you, you feel good by God’s blessings if Jesus is in you. However, you may say, Jesus was not in Abel. This is the same question as asking “how was Abraham saved without Jesus saving him from his sins. It is like buying, using a credit card, you have no money, but you have credit and can purchase things. God did credit Abel and Abraham for what Jesus was going to do about 2000 or 4000 years later. God does not treat people differently; He is a fair and good God.

Do not lean to your own understanding

Cain offered his offer to God and when God corrected him he did not change his attitude, he did not acknowledge God as God who knew everything that was best for Cain. Cain thought God treated him unfairly; he valued his own opinion more than God’s and this mismatch between his thinking and What God expressed to him made him mad.

How you look

This anger came from inside and when anger and hostility come from inside, from the heart it affects your appearance, people can observe it, it is visible and God of cause noticed it; “he looked annoyed and hostile”. Our problem is that we do not notice how we look, but our appearance is leaking our inner secrets. It is best for you to change your inside to improve your outside to correspond with the personality of Christ.

“Treated unfairly”

God said to Cain that he had no reason to be angry, it is simple, just believe in Me as God, receive what I am telling you and everything will be a blessing to you. But the sin was lurking in the air.

Questions

  1. Do we need help to control our anger?
  2. Does it show what is in our heart?
  3. Does it help that many pray?
  4. Is God quick to answer prayers?

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