2 Leaders, 2 choices

Is Satan involved to influence people to resist God’s way of forgiveness?  Let’s look at the question right from the beginning of  Biblical history.  When Adam and Eve sinned, God clothed them with animal skins.  With that God demonstrated His way of forgiveness,  

‘…and without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness.’  Hebrews 9:22b

God never deviated from it.  How would people react to it?  We have the examples of Cain and Abel.  

Abel sacrificed according to God’s way, 

‘…Abel brought fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock.’ Genesis 4:3

Cain sacrificed contrary to God’s way – a bloodless offering,

‘In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord.’  Genesis 4:3  

God’s reaction? 

‘The Lord looked with favour on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering He did not look with favour.’  Genesis 4:4b-5a

The question is, does the devil influence people to disobey God’s word?  The answer is, yes, 

‘Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother.’  1 John 3:12a 

Conclusion

Since then, humanity has been divided in two groups: 

  • Those who, like Abel, follow God. 
  • Those who, like Cain, follow Satan.

God’s design for forgiveness

After Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden of Eden, they settled in the ‘outside’ world.  They had their first son, Cain, then Abel. 

Both sons brought offerings to the Lord.  Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil.  Abel brought fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock.  God accepted Abel’s offer, but did not have much regard for Cain’s (Genesis 4:1-8).   Why?  God explained a principle to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden after they disobeyed God, 

‘The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.’  Genesis 3:21

God warned them earlier that they would die if they eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  They ate, they disobeyed, they sinned against God.  God demonstrated His ‘Exchange Program’ in real life – He killed innocent animals and clothed Adam and Eve with the skins.  Since they were the first sinners, deceived by the devil, God forgave them in that way.  The principle is, 

‘…without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.’  Hebrews 9:22b

Adam and Eve must have understood it, and taught it to their children.  Abel offered to God in the right way.  Cain, in contradiction to God’s design for forgiveness, offered in the wrong way.  When God disapproved,

‘…Cain was very angry and his face was downcast.’  Genesis 4:5b

God obviously noticed it, and addressed Cain, 

‘If you do what is right, will you not be accepted?’  Genesis 4:5

Cain showed no remorse.  He lived his life as he wanted.  He is never mentioned as a righteous man in the Bible.  

Abel had a different outcome, even though his life was cut short, 

‘By faith Abel offered God a better sacrifice than Cain did. By faith he was commended as a righteous man, when God spoke well of his offering.’  Hebrews 11:4  

Conclusion

Cain and Abel demonstrate how important it is to understand God’s Exchange Program.  It points to the final Sacrifice, Jesus.  Through faith in Him we can also be commended as righteous and have the hope of eternal life with God. 

Was the march for science a March away from God?

Various localities around the world took part in the ‘March for Science’ on Saturday, 22 April 2017.  What was it about?  Three different kinds of science were lumped together: operational science, climate change and the ‘science’ of evolution.  Nobody has problems with testable, observable, repeatable science.  It serves society very well.  We don’t want to comment on climate change, but would like to say the following about ‘evolution science.’

# Why is Darwinian evolution called science? 

It was not established as science by repeated experiments, because that is not possible.  You cannot test past events repeatedly.  Darwinian evolution is an absolute dud when it comes to scientific benefits to society through practical applications.   It is practical science that gives inventions, applications and progress to society.

#  God and the ‘god’ of evolution are opposites 

Darwinian evolution is an attempt to dethrone the Creator God.

  • As the Owner and Ruler of His creation, God decreed that forgiveness of sins is only possible through the exchange of innocent blood.
  • In the Old Testament it was through the sacrifice of animals.  It was a pointer to the coming Redeemer, Jesus.
  • From the New Testament we know that the Son of God, Jesus, is the Lamb who died in our place for forgiveness of our sins.

 

#  Why is forgiveness of sins such a threat?

  • Forgiveness of our sins rescues us from the devil’s wiles.
  • Scripture tells us that the ruler of the world, the devil, deceives the whole world. 1  He hates the verse, ‘For He [God] has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the Kingdom of the Son He loves, in whom we have redemption [recovery out of slavery under the devil], the forgiveness of sins. 2
  • Jesus forgives sins (Jesus testified to it when friends brought a paralytic to Him, ‘…so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins….’ 3).
  • God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit were all involved in creation.  They are all involved in freeing us from the bondage of Satan.

#  What the devil hates?

The devil hates it that people can be freed and saved to inherit eternal life in Jesus, which he cannot.  If he can convince people that there was no Creator, then logically people assume there is no Saviour.  Then they are left in their sins with no forgiveness.  O, the devil loves that very much!

Conclusion

We know the world did not evolve, because it was created by the omnipotent God.  Therefore we know that when He forgives it is effective.  The Saviour came to save, and it works all the time. Darwinian evolution is a deception with the intent to lead people away from freedom in Jesus.

References

  1. Revelation 20:8
  2. Colossians 1:13
  3. Matthew 9:6
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