Corey Johnson

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ACCEPTABLE OFFERINGS

Gen 4:3-9

INTRODUCTION:

1.   God gives His people rules or laws for how to make an acceptable offering/sacrifice.

2.   It is the same for us today.

BODY:

1.   GOD GIVES HIS PEOPLE RULES OR LAWS FOR HOW TO MAKE AN ACCEPTABLE OFFERING.

      A.  If He did not, He would not be able to punish them.

1.   1 John 3:4 Whosoever committeth sin trasgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

2.   Rom. 3:20 Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

3.   Rom. 4:15 because the law brings about wrath; for where there is no law there is no transgression.

4.   Rom. 5:13 For until the law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law.

5.   Rom. 7:7 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! On the contrary, I would not have known sin except through the law. For I would not have known covetousness unless the law had said, YOU SHALL NOT COVET.

            B.        If law was not given, there could be no sin.

1.   Therefore in order for God to be displeased with Cain for his offering, He had to have told Cain how to make an offering that was pleasing to Him.

      A.  Gen 4:7 If you do well, will you not be accepted?

1.   This statement in the first part of this verse implies that God had set forth rules of acceptance.

A.  In order to do well, we must know what it takes to do well.

                                    B. Gen 4:7 And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door.

1.   In order to determine if one did not do well, there must be a standard with which to judge.

2.   Sin lies at the door.

A.  How would one know what sin was if there was no law? Again, refer quickly to verses above.

                                    C. Gen. 4:7 and its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.

                                                1.  How can we rule over sin if law is not known?

D.  I have pointed out three ways that Gen. 4:7 says there was

law given to Cain and Abel on sacrifices.

2.   There is precedent in the Scriptures for law to be given to Adam verbally.

A.  Gen 2:16-17 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

1.   It is reasonable to conclude from the evidence that if God gave Adam law verbally on this instance that He would continue to do so.

2.   After the fall, we find God talking verbally to Adam and Eve to rebuke and punish them.

      A.  First, He verbally gave the law.

      B.  He then verbally rebuked them.

      C.  In that order.

3.   In our text, we find God verbally confronting Cain about his unacceptable offering but there is no record of the giving of the law concerning offerings.

      A.  Gen. 4:5-7 But He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell. 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.”

B.  If we follow the logic of how He handled Adam and Eve, the conclusion is that the law was given before God confronted Cain about his offering.

C.  Syllogism number 1:

      1. Law is given before God confronts about sin.

      2. Cain was confronted by God.

      3. Therefore, law was given.

D.  Syllogism number 2:

      1. God said if you do well, you will be accepted.

      2. God inferred that Cain knew what well was,

      3.  Therefore, law must have been given to Cain.

E.   Syllogism number 3:

1.   By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice.

2.   Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God Rom. 10:17.

3.   Therefore, law must have been given to Abel.

3.   These three syllogisms are both valid and sound and therefore force their conclusion.

2.         IT IS THE SAME FOR US TODAY

A.  Syllogism number 4 moves this from Cain and Abel to us today:

1.         Without faith it is impossible to please God.

2.         Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

3.         Therefore law was given.

            B.        These two verses force the conclusion Heb. 11:6 and Rom. 10:17.

                        1. We have an offering to God today.

A.  It can be acceptable or not acceptable just as Cain’s and Abel’s offerings were one or the other.

1.   Rom. 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.

2.   Gal. 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

                        2.         Syllogism number 5:

                                    A. Today, we have to make a sacrifice.

                                    B. Cain and Abel had to make a sacrifice.

                                    C. Therefore, God gives His people rules or laws for how to make an acceptable offering/sacrifice.

1.   2 Tim. 2:15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

CONCLUSION:

1.   We can conclude that God gave Cain and Abel laws to govern their lives and to be able to make acceptable offerings and sacrifices.

      A.  This was necessary for God to be just.

2.   We can also conclude that God provided laws for us to govern our lives and be able to make acceptable offerings and sacrifices.

            A. This is also necessary for God to be just.