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Sunday School: The Stain of Cain

January 29, 2012


Happy 5th Sunday to all! I understand that some churches don’t have service on 5th Sundays so if you attend one of those, don’t worry, I’ll give you a little piece of the word that I received this morning from the wonderful St. James Missionary Baptist Church!

Still no Pastor Curtiss Smith, but he is recovering from surgery and he leaves the church in great hands. This morning, another Smith, Rev. Henry Smith, did the honors of bringing forth the word and it was a good one. The message was entitled “The Stain of Cain” and it talks about having the touch of sin within our hearts and how to get rid of it.

Sunday January 29, 2012

St. James Missionary Baptist Church (Fayetteville, AR)

Rev. Henry Smith

Message Title: “The Stain of Cain”

Text: Genesis 4:1-16

Genesis 4

Cain and Abel

 1 Adam[a] made love to his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain.[b] She said, “With the help of the LORD I have brought forth[c] a man.” 2 Later she gave birth to his brother Abel.

   Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. 3 In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the LORD. 4 And Abel also brought an offering—fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The LORD looked with favor on Abel and his offering, 5 but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast.

 6 Then the LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? 7 If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”

 8 Now Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go out to the field.”[d] While they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.

 9 Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?”

   “I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?”

 10 The LORD said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground. 11 Now you are under a curse and driven from the ground, which opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. 12When you work the ground, it will no longer yield its crops for you. You will be a restless wanderer on the earth.”

 13 Cain said to the LORD, “My punishment is more than I can bear. 14 Today you are driving me from the land, and I will be hidden from your presence; I will be a restless wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me.”

 15 But the LORD said to him, “Not so[e]; anyone who kills Cain will suffer vengeance seven times over.” Then the LORD put a mark on Cain so that no one who found him would kill him. 16 So Cain went out from the LORD’s presence and lived in the land of Nod,[f] east of Eden.

Do you have the stain of Cain?

As we know, Cain and Abel were the children of Adam and Eve. Adam and Eve made the wrong choice in the beginning, therefore God punished them. One of the punishments that God promised Eve (women) is that she would have a painful childbirth amongst other things. One of the promises to Adam (man) was that he would have to eat of the ground and work until death to provide for his family. Death was a promise that was a result of the disobedience of Adam and Eve.

Cain was the older brother of Abel and this is the story of half-heartiness. Cain was stained with anger and his choice of actions eventually led to him getting kicked out of the garden of Eden. Satan always has the stain and he is continuously looking to pass it on to whoever is willing to accept it with open arms.

How Do you Obtain the Stain?

  1. It’s a Choice. In the text, God gave Abel the favor because he give large satisfying portions of the very first pieces of the flock. Cain only brought some of the fruits from the soil in which he worked as an offering to the Lord. God immediately distinguished the two because he wants your total efforts and the very best of you. Abel offered the most of the very best of his firstborn flock to God. He showed that his priority was to satisfy the Lord first, and then take the leftovers and provide for himself. Cain showed that he was only interested in giving God some of what he had. We have to prioritize Him before ourselves.
  2. Not having the Faith. The story wasn’t just about the fruit that the brothers brought to offer God, it was about the heart and the effort that they put into the simple task. Cain showed his heart by the half-portion offering that he gave, symbolizing that he half-heartedly presented God with his small offering. God saw the effort and heart that Abel put into his task by bringing him a very large portion of his very first flock. Therefore he gave Abel favor and not Cain. God always knows our heart. We can’t put on a front with Him!
  3. Having a Poor attitude towards God. Cain had a deep resentment for God. Some believe that it was because Cain felt that the punishment that God gave his parents was unfair. Cain continued to have a poor attitude towards God, even when the Lord was trying to reach out and help Cain and forgive him. He then gave him his last chance and kicked him out of the garden.

God has a way of letting us know whether our works are acceptable to him. Just as he did with Cain and Abel by giving favor to the younger brother.

We don’t just become evil and filled with sin overnight to the point of no return. Sin starts and it builds up. The key is to recognize our sins, ask for forgiveness and learn from our mistakes and wrongdoings. After that point, we have the choice to move forward, or to keep the stain and to continue to commit the same sins and let them pile up on us. We have to learn how to deal with our sins.

“You have to master sin, don’t let it master you. -Genesis 4:7″

Things in life will push you to the point where the stain just jumps into you. But it is important for us to remember that whenever we are driven with anger, we have to let ourselves cool off before we react and do something that we will regret or get us into further trouble. That is where our Faith needs to kick in so that we are able to avoid the permanent stain that Cain had.

How to be Free from the Stain

We have to acknowledge and confess when we are wrong. In the message, after Cain killed his brother, God asked Cain where Abel was. Of course God knew what happened already, but he wanted to give Cain the chance to confess. God dosen’t get angry and immediately give up on Cain. He is a God of second chances, but it is very important that we are comfortable enough to talk to him and not be ashamed after we have sinned.

The Stain is in the Heart

In the story, we saw that Cain was stained so bad that he got to the point where he was facing his last chance from God. He eventually was kicked out of the garden, not because God gives up on us and didn’t want to deal with Cain anymore, but it wasn’t in Cain’s heart to want to be helped and be faithful. Those who don’t have Jesus in their heart are never conscious of their sins until something happens to where they can’t escape anymore.

We are all human and we all make mistakes. He have to remember that Jesus died for us so that we are able to sin and continue to get second chances. But that doesn’t mean that we can take advantage of it. God sees right though our flesh and into our hearts. When we truly lean on our Faith and we continue to show him that we are trying, then he will continue to bless and forgive our sins! Let’s continue to live, learn, and whole-heartedly stay committed to God!

 Have a blessed Week!

Jay Dub

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    Jaye Feb 12, 2012

    Great stuff “Rev. Waan”

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