I’m kind a little bit late, but Happy Valentine’s Day guys.
This valentine’s day, it was decorated online with red, pink, white diamonds, flowers, and good surprises for some people, so fancy and beautiful. Some people can turn a romancing novel into reality.
My Valentine’s Day was a real love one; I was just alone writing GOD a letter asking Him when is going to be my turn. The last time I dated was in 2010. GOD has been doing some things in my life, preparing me to be a godly woman; godly wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend. So I just know, this man that GOD is going to bring into my life is someone GOD is also preparing for me. It has been a long-time, but I pray it’s going to be worth the preparation. I really needed to grow up and mature; I also needed to heal of certain issues in my life. This past nine years GOD has been healing me; heart healing, emotional and mental, and I guess spiritual healing. I also got to be healed with some of my insecurities. He has also been teaching me with real life experiences and lessons that will also benefit me in my future. And some of them have no relevance to the valentine’s topic, but as I look back I see GOD has been doing some real background work in my life this past nine years. I am more confident nowadays. I’m about to give birth to a ministry or a business that can help people including myself, which just started as a hobby. The journey has been real slow, but I can see it’s progressing, so I am very grateful.
Anyway, we are continuing today with our series “The Kingdom Of GOD In.” Today we are going to go through the curse of Cain.
- The Curse of Cain
Let’s read the Bible in the book of Genesis chapter 4 verses 1 to 24. And it says “Now the man Adam knew Eve as his wife, and she conceived and gave birth to Cain, and she said, “I have obtained a man (baby boy, son) with the help of the Lord.” And [later] she gave birth to his brother Abel. Now Abel kept the flocks [of sheep and goats], but Cain cultivated the ground. And in the course of time Cain brought to the Lord an offering of the fruit of the ground. But Abel brought [an offering of] the [finest] firstborn of his flock and the fat portions. And the Lord had respect (regard) for Abel and for his offering; but for Cain and his offering He had no respect. So Cain became extremely angry (indignant), and he looked annoyed and hostile. And the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you so angry? And why do you look annoyed? If you do well [believing Me and doing what is acceptable and pleasing to Me], will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well [but ignore My instruction], sin crouches at your door; its desire is for you [to overpower you], but you must master it.” Cain talked with Abel his brother [about what God had said]. And when they were [alone, working] in the field, Cain attacked Abel his brother and killed him. Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” And he [lied and] said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?” The Lord said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s [innocent] blood is crying out to Me from the ground [for justice]. And now you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s [shed] blood from your hand. When you cultivate the ground, it shall no longer yield its strength [it will resist producing good crops] for you; you shall be a fugitive and a vagabond [roaming aimlessly] on the earth [in perpetual exile without a home, a degraded outcast].”Cain said to the Lord, “My punishment is greater than I can bear. Behold, You have driven me out this day from the face of the land; and from Your face (presence) I will be hidden, and I will be a fugitive and an [aimless] vagabond on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me.” And the Lord said to him, “Therefore, whoever kills Cain, a sevenfold vengeance [that is, punishment seven times worse] shall be taken on him [by Me].” And the Lord set a [protective] mark (sign) on Cain, so that no one who found (met) him would kill him. So Cain went away from the [manifested] presence of the Lord, and lived in the land of Nod [wandering in exile], east of Eden. Cain knew his wife [one of Adam’s descendants] and she conceived and gave birth to Enoch; and Cain built a city and named it Enoch, after the name of his son. Now to Enoch was born Irad, and Irad became the father of Mehujael, and Mehujael became the father of Methushael, and Methushael became the father of Lamech. And Lamech took for himself two wives; the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other, Zillah. Adah gave birth to Jabal; he became the father of those [nomadic herdsmen] who live in tents and have cattle and raise livestock. His brother’s name was Jubal; he became the father of all those [musicians] who play the lyre and flute. Zillah gave birth to Tubal-cain, the smith (craftsman) and teacher of every artisan in instruments of bronze and iron. The sister of Tubal-cain was Naamah. Lamech said to his wives, “Adah and Zillah, hear my voice; you wives of Lamech, listen to what I say; for I have killed a man [merely] for wounding me, and a boy [only] for striking (bruising) me. “If Cain is avenged sevenfold [as the Lord said he would be], then Lamech [will be avenged] seventy-sevenfold.”
We see here two siblings, one did things right in the sight of GOD, and his offering was accepted, and another didn’t do things right in the sight of GOD, and his offering was denied. The Bible says “Cain cultivated the ground. And in the course of time Cain brought to the Lord an offering of the fruit of the ground. But Abel brought [an offering of] the [finest] firstborn of his flock and the fat portions. And the Lord had respect (regard) for Abel and for his offering; but for Cain and his offering He had no respect.”
The sacrifice wasn’t really about GOD’s taste in food, but it was about the quality of Abel’s sacrifice revealed and the insincerity of his worship. God was not displeased that Cain brought vegetables rather than meat. If Cain had brought the first fruits, the very best of his produce, then God would have accepted that offering. Cain offered the ordinary and Abel the best, and of course the quality of their offering reflected the conditions of their hearts. Abel was enthusiastic in his worship, while Cain was basically uninterested.
In the book of Hebrews chapter 11 verse 4, it says “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.”
So because GOD was displeased with Cain, it stirred up anger and envy toward his brother Abel. And the Lord warned Cain ahead of time, He told him to do well [believing Him and doing what is acceptable and pleasing to Him], and his also will be accepted. But if he did not do well and ignored Hi instructions, sin crouches at his door, and its desire is to overpower him, so he must master it.
Even though GOD encouraged Cain to change his attitude and his actions and told him to do what was right, to worshiped him with a full heart that would end up manifesting itself in a proper offering, but Cain still responded to GOD’s displeasure with anger.
GOD warned Cain that if he didn’t change, sin would dominate him. He warned Cain there was a danger of continuing to be insincere in his relationship with Him. In doing so, sin was waiting to take control of him, therefore he needed to master the desire to sin.
The Bible mentions that GOD also challenged Cain and asked him “Why are you so angry? And why do you look annoyed? If you do well [believing Me and doing what is acceptable and pleasing to Me], will you not be accepted?” Basically He was implying to him to try again, and get his heart right so that he could offer GOD again next time suitable and acceptable sacrifices to show that He loved GOD.
And unfortunately Cain ignored GOD instructions and allowed sin to empower him and went on killing his brother Abel. And the Bible says “The Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel, your brother?” And he [lied and] said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?” The Lord said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s [innocent] blood is crying out to Me from the ground [for justice].”
Because of what he has done, GOD punished him. And He told Cain “And now you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s [shed] blood from your hand. When you cultivate the ground, it shall no longer yield its strength [it will resist producing good crops] for you; you shall be a fugitive and a vagabond [roaming aimlessly] on the earth [in perpetual exile without a home, a degraded outcast].” So God cursed Cain to a life of toil, to be fugitive, and a wanderer upon the earth.
That’s why I don’t like a nomadic kind of lifestyle; moving from one place to another and you have no place where you come and call home to settle for good. Some people like this kind of life of travelling all over the world, this year they will be this country, next year they will be another country. I’m not implying those people are subjected under this curse of Cain, but me personally I don’t like nomadic type of life. I don’t mind travelling occasionally, but not as a way of living or lifestyle.
Some Bible scholars say the curse of Cain is not generational, well, maybe. But if you read the scripture, it gives an account of Cain’s descendants. And you will learn that even Cain’s descendant Lamech confessed to his wives and said , “Listen to what I say; for I have killed a man [merely] for wounding me, and a boy [only] for striking (bruising) me. “If Cain is avenged sevenfold [as the Lord said he would be], then Lamech [will be avenged] seventy-sevenfold.” He ended up doing what his ancestor did, he also murdered basically.
Maybe let’s see some of Cain descendants came to be. Jabal for instance; he became the father of those [nomadic herdsmen] who live in tents and have cattle and raise livestock. And his brother Jubal; he became the father of all those [musicians] who play the lyre and flute. Another of his descendant, Tubal-cain, was the smith (craftsman) and teacher of every artisan in instruments of bronze and iron. So I guess not all of them were affected by the curse.
But you have to understand at this time of Cain, there was no law yet officially established for ‘thou shall not murder,’ you know, the fifth commandment of the “Ten Commandments.”
In the book of Matthew chapter 26 in verses 50 to 56, the Scripture records that “Then they came up, arrested Jesus, and held Him tight. One of those who were with Jesus drew his sword and struck at the High Priest’s slave, cutting off his ear. “Put your sword back in its place,” Jesus said to him. “All who take the sword will die by the sword. Don’t you know that I could call on My Father for help, and at once He would send me more than twelve armies of angels? But in that case, how could the Scriptures come true which say that this is what must happen?” Then Jesus spoke to the crowd, “Did you have to come with swords and clubs to capture Me, as though I were an outlaw? Every day I sat down and taught in the Temple, and you did not arrest Me. But all this has happened in order to make come true what the prophets wrote in the Scriptures.”
So we learn here “All who take the sword will die by the sword.” That is what the Law demands. We see here the brief explanation of the law of sowing and reaping. What you sow you reap. If you show mercy, you will be shown mercy. And I think even Cain knew that he may be killed for what he did, so he asked GOD for mercy and said “My punishment is greater than I can bear. Behold, You have driven me out this day from the face of the land; and from Your face (presence) I will be hidden, and I will be a fugitive and an [aimless] vagabond on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me.”
And the Scripture says, “And the Lord said to him, “Therefore, whoever kills Cain, a sevenfold vengeance [that is, punishment seven times worse] shall be taken on him [by Me].” And the Lord set a [protective] mark (sign) on Cain, so that no one who found (met) him would kill him.” So GOD showed Cain mercy not to be killed, but the punishment and consequence of the curse was still there.
In the book of Matthew chapter 5 verses 21 to 26, the Lord Jesus said “You have heard that our ancestors were told, ‘You must not murder. If you commit murder, you are subject to judgment.’ But I say, if you are even angry with someone, you are subject to judgment! If you call someone an idiot, you are in danger of being brought before the court. And if you curse someone, you are in danger of the fires of hell. “So if you are presenting a sacrifice at the altar in the Temple and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you, leave your sacrifice there at the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God. “When you are on the way to court with your adversary, settle your differences quickly. Otherwise, your accuser may hand you over to the judge, who will hand you over to an officer, and you will be thrown into prison. And if that happens, you surely won’t be free again until you have paid the last penny.”
The Lord Jesus warns us the consequences of anger. The anger we have can lead to some consequences. Unforgiveness can lead to some consequences. So we need to forgive and deal with it before we build up walls that may lead us into worse situations. Perhaps this passage has correlation with Cain situation. May be he was an angry person, and probably he offered his sacrifice and offerings to GOD, with a wrong and bad intention, and that’s why GOD didn’t accept it.
So there are consequences when it comes to murdering. And I believe GOD forgives people. One example of people who murdered and God forgave them and ended up using greatly is Moses. I don’t know what made him exceptionally to be forgiven with murderer he committed, but perhaps because he hated the way his fellow Hebrews, Israelites, the People of GOD, were mistreated by Pharaoh and Egyptians, something that GOD really hated too.
The Bible records in the book of Acts chapter 7 verses 17 to 34, that “But when the time of the promise drew near which God had sworn to Abraham, the people grew and multiplied in Egypt till another king arose who did not know Joseph. This man dealt treacherously with our people, and oppressed our forefathers, making them expose their babies, so that they might not live. At this time Moses was born, and was well pleasing to God; and he was brought up in his father’s house for three months. But when he was set out, Pharaoh’s daughter took him away and brought him up as her own son. And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and deeds. “Now when he was forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren, the children of Israel. And seeing one of them suffer wrong, he defended and avenged him who was oppressed, and struck down the Egyptian. For he supposed that his brethren would have understood that God would deliver them by his hand, but they did not understand. And the next day he appeared to two of them as they were fighting, and tried to reconcile them, saying, ‘Men, you are brethren; why do you wrong one another?’ But he who did his neighbor wrong pushed him away, saying, ‘Who made you a ruler and a judge over us? Do you want to kill me as you did the Egyptian yesterday?’ Then, at this saying, Moses fled and became a dweller in the land of Midian, where he had two sons. “And when forty years had passed, an Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire in a bush, in the wilderness of Mount Sinai. When Moses saw it, he marveled at the sight; and as he drew near to observe, the voice of the Lord came to him, saying, ‘I am the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ And Moses trembled and dared not look. ‘Then the Lord said to him, “Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground. I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt; I have heard their groaning and have come down to deliver them. And now come, I will send you to Egypt.”’
But this was before the Lord Jesus died on the Cross and offered forgiveness of sins (and when I mean sins, it means of all kinds of sins including murder) to whomever may receive Him as His LORD and SAVIOR, and truly repent, and turn to GOD.
So it’s possible to be really forgiven with murder by GOD, even though in this this real world we are living in, if you murder someone, you are in real big trouble, lots of consequences, and the law enforcement of whatever Country you may be living and residing will make sure you get what the law says you deserved.
As usual we are going to pray for help from GOD for ourselves, our relatives, all our loved ones, and everyone connected to us.
- Heavenly FATHER, Precious HOLY SPIRIT, we humbly come to you for help. Oh LORD, our GOD, we pray to You to cancel any curses or demonic attacks placed against us, whether generational or not, from the time of Cain to this day. JEHOVA, LORD, GOD Almighty, remove and break every curse, including the curse of Cain in our lives, our lineages, and our generations. Let an end come to these curses today in our lives. This we pray in the Mighty Name of JESUS CHRIST.
- FATHER GOD, forgive us. Forgive me, forgive my ancestors, forgive my family, forgive my relatives, and forgive all those concerning us in our present and future. We plead the Blood Of JESUS upon us. We receive The LORD JESUS offer of Salvation for us and our descendants. Forgive us LORD, forgive all our sins, and cleans us LORD from all our unrighteousness, in the Mighty Name of JESUS CHRIST we pray. Help us start afresh with You as from today.
- We take the authority You have given us through the LORD JESUS CHRIST, and we rebuke all curses and every curse that maybe operating in our lives. We declare they are ineffective from today, in the Mighty Name of the LORD JESUS CHRIST. These curses shall no longer have legal grounds in our lives, in the MIGHTY NAME Of JESUS CHRIST.
- HOLY FATHER, please build a hedge of protection around us to protect us from any evil and satanic intention to harm ourselves or our families and all our loved ones, our friends, and neighbors, and anyone really. LORD we asked YOU to not allow satan or the devil to penetrate in our lives without Your Permission. We have no power of our own to overcome all these sins, LORD help us. This we pray in JESUS MIGHTY NAME.
- FATHER GOD, help us do what is accepted and pleasing to YOU. Help us do what is right before Your sight and worship you with all our hearts, in Truth and in Spirit, this we pray in the MIGHTY NAME of JESUS CHRIST. Teach us how to honor and embrace YOU, oh GOD. Thank YOU LORD, in JESUS MIGHTY NAME we have prayed. Amen
Helen Majaga is a founder of Helen Majaga International, Live to Your Full Potential Podcast & YouCount Magazine, specializing in the training and development of individuals and businesses to achieve personal and professional goals.
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