I believe that there are two ways, the way that leads to life and the way that leads to death. We all born into the death way, only by repentance and conversion of the sovereign grace of God can you be on the way of life. John 6:44 affirms that, “No man comes to the Father except the Father draw him.” You are on the way of Cain that is littered with selfishness and rebellion. You are a wanderer, a nomad with no purpose. Its not a good way.
There are several points that are necessary for us to see the way of Cain. We can see from Genesis 4 that his way was filled with his own personal selfishness. Let’s note:
- God had commanded some type of offering. The offering obviously required some sort of sacrifice, a blood atonement if you will.
- Cain refused this way. He offered what he thought was best – Genesis 4:3.
- Cain was angry at the refusal of God even though God required it.
- He thought what he offered was good enough.
- His anger at God’s requirements led to further sin, a great sin, murder.
- He did not repent for his brother’s murder – Genesis 4:14 – no concern for the life he took.
- He was a reprobate – Genesis 4:16 “Then Cain went away from the presence of the LORD and settled in the land of Nod, east of Eden.”
A very sad way. A way that leads to death. Cain was a man that refused the way of God. Romans tells us the same men exists today. Romans 1:28 “And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.”
This is not without hope. Our hope for the lost man is Christ to save him. In this chapter we see the rebellion and banishment of Cain to a land of wandering but in vs. 26 “To Seth also a son was born, and he called his name Enosh. At that time people began to call upon the name of the LORD.” Yes, men began to call upon the name of the Lord. Yes, they were convicted of their ways. Our hope today is just this, that men will call upon the name of the Lord.