no good morning and welcome. This is pastor lucy painter with your daily insights and we continue with our service battles frontline. Yesterday we looked at the temptation and the fall of man. We saw how the first created people disobeyed the command of the Lord to eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. And we saw the consequences of that disobedience for the entire human wrist. We used the term insubordination in the military sense to illustrate the seriousness of that disobedience, we will be using a lot of allegories in this series of battle front line. And most of these back stories will be from a military point of view. Since we are talking about battles frontline. Now in March 2012, the National Army of the Democratic Republic of Congo experience a mutiny or rather a rebellion against the commanding authorities.
From a section of the army led by bosco Ntaganda, a former rebel leader who had been incorporated into the army as part of the peace agreement. The mutiny initially meant to display their discontent over unpaid salaries quickly spiraled towards civil war. The function then called M 23 started recruiting child soldiers and within three months over 60 civilians had been ripped, dozens executed and untold horror stories and visited upon civil unions. Situations like this often happen because someone somewhere does not want to respect the authorities above them because they find the pool towards violence too strong to resist because someone craves for something they feel they should be having and it's not been handed over to them.
Today. We are going to read the story of CAin and Abel from genesis 4, 6 - 15. And it says 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 If you do not do well? Sin lies at the door and its desire is for you, but you should rule over it. Now, cain talked with Abel his brother, and it came to pass when they were in the field that cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him. Then the Lord said to cain, where is Abel your brother? And he said, I do not know, Am I my brother's keeper? And he said, what have you done? The voice of your brother's blood cries out to me from the ground. So now you're cast from the art which has opened its mouth to receive your brother's blood from your hand. When you till the ground, it shall no longer yield its strength to you.
A fugitive and a bag about. You shall be on other. And cain said to the Lord. My punishment is greater than I can bear. Surely you have driven me out this day from the face of the ground. I shall be hidden from your face. I shall be a fugitive and a walkabout on the earth and it shall happen that anyone who finds me will kill me. And the Lord said to him. Therefore, whoever kills Cain, Vengeance shall be taken on him. 7th hold and the Lord said, a mark on cain, at least, anyone finding him should kill him. Yeah, this is sad. The backdrop of this story is the scene where CAin and his brother Abel sacrifice to the Lord and the Lord is pleased with Abel's sacrifice and he doesn't accept what CAin offered. But on seeing how CAin felt, how hard Kane felt, the Lord comes down to have a conversation with CAin about his feelings. Love begins the conversation the same way he had began with Adam.
After the fall, we see a heartfelt concern on the part of the Lord. Why are you hung angry? Why is your face downcast? You see, God made it clear what he understood how CAin was feeling. He made sure to Bring two Canes attention, the anger that was brewing within him, to caution him against giving into the pool towards violence. He want him about the destruction power of sin. The Lord made it clear that he could still be blessed if he resisted sin. But CAin was so driven by anger, he was so driven by envy that even after this conversation, he still hatched a plan to lure his brother into a trap and kill him. Even after the Lord had provided him with an escape from what was devouring him from within? Even after the Lord had pried open the trap that cain was trapped in.
He still went on in his old way in total regard to the Lord, in total disregard to the Lord's escape plan. He spiraled down so fast from craving for attention and recognition, to being a murderer. This was the first son, the first sign that Adam and Eve would indeed fuel the world as the Lord had commanded. He now asked a murderous rage and thus, that could not contain no. And like we said about mutinies, the moment that downward spiral begins, there is hardly a chance to stop it. This get out of hand so fast, but we see God still reaching out to king before he got to that we see God seeking him like he had done with his parents. He asked CAin where his brother is. Of course the Lord knew where Abel was, but here he is, giving CAin a chance to confess his sin, Giving him a chance to do right after he had done something so evil.
But Kane had already defied God, he had already cast off the fear of the Lord from his heart. And we see this in the insolence, in his reply, am I my brother's keeper CAin was in too deep because he had rejected every chance he had been given to master sin, that desire that, that he had, he had been given. Sorry about that CAin was in too deep because he had rejected every chance he had been given to master since, desire to control, manipulating. And so he let the range consume him. He lets sin to control him, and of something that had started as unrequited and unacknowledged feelings of dissatisfaction had progressed to a dark despair, an evil passion that led to murder for the lowest reasons. And it didn't stop there. It became a growing habit of the soul plunged deeper and deeper into the absence of depravity and regions.
And this is the way of an an acknowledged scene. It sinks you into newer debts with every attempt to conceal it. You know, when you when you do not retract and return to God, when you do not bother to acknowledge your guilt, you put yourself under the hard bondage of sin. You move from sin to sin, from disappointment to defiance from unrighteous nous to ungodly nous, And the end for one who follows this path is judgment. And we see the kind of judgment that can received. It was something more severe than what his father had received. His father's cast was amplified in him. Adam was to toil for food. But Kane would find it impossible to bring forth food from the earth because the Lord said it would not yield.
Adam had been cast from the Aden, but Kane would find no rest on earth, he would be a fugitive and available. But what does he do after the judgment Kane doesn't feel remorseful. He doesn't even try to repent. His attitude doesn't change at all. He does. What most of us do we complain when we are punished. We tried to excuse ourselves, We Pillay ourselves instead of repenting. And this this is the path of sin. This is the path from God. And like the mutiny we talked about at the beginning of this episode, we start small, a little dissatisfaction, a little defiance, a little coverup. And before we know it it is a full blown disaster. We are in an endless battle. A battle with the devil. A battle with our fallen nature. A battle with our desires.
And like God towards cain seen, stands at the door at the opposite side of the line of the battle. But the Lord gives us fair warning before the attack. He cautions us every day with his word against giving into the pool towards defiance. He wants us every day about the destructive power of sin. And I pray that we may learn to heed his warnings that we may not reject. When the Lord invites us to repentance, we may not nurse within us desires that will lead us to destruction. May the Lord keep you from spiraling down that path of sin. And should it ever get to the point of judgment it drivers to a change of attitude a change of heart for better, in the name of jesus. Yeah, in the name of jesus, a change of heart for better.
In the name of jesus. Let's not be defiant. I know this today was tough, but it's good to know that about the front line. Sin lies with the dog, but we got the power to resist, resist. Don't give in in jesus name. This is pastor, lucy painter with your daily insights and this is battles frontline Day three shalom. Okay?