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January 3 - Evening

"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.”

- Genesis 4:7

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The Lord’s Advice for Cain


The Lord’s words to Cain in Genesis 4:7 have been difficult to translate and interpret since the days of the ancient Jewish scholars who considered this verse one of the vague verses whose exact meaning was unknown, and so, left unestablished. Even today commentators struggle to make sense of this verse without changing the word order of the text, inserting words that may be implicit but are not in the text, altering the words or changing the words themselves.

What can be established are these things:

  1. The Lord is asking two rhetorical questions and making one statement.
  2. The Lord is questioning Cain to lead him into a confession of a sinful attitude.
  3. Cain’s response to this interaction with God has greater consequences than his initial sin of being angry with his brother.
  4. Cain’s sin originates inside of him as a reaction to a situation. Neither his brother Able nor the situation is causing the sin. The sin originates in Cain.

Cain is said to be very angry and his face downcast, because the Lord rejected Cain’s sacrifice, but accepted Able’s sacrifice:

“On Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast.” – Genesis 4:5

The Lord approaches Can to questions and advise him concerning his next move. The Lord uses the word “accepted,” or a Hebrew word that means “a lifting up” or “an exaltation.” This seems to be saying something to the effect of, “Will you not be ‘lifted up’ (‘exalted’) if you do what is right?” Because of his sinful state Cain’s “face was downcast” away from God, but the Lord seems to be saying that if Cain will do what is right his conscience will be clear and will be able to lift his face up toward God. The indication is that God would accept Cain if he did what was right.

The Lord then warns Cain that if he does not correct his sinful attitude things will get worse for him because actions follow attitude. The Lord says three things:

  1. “sin is crouching at your door”
  2. “it (sin) desires to have you”
  3. “you must rule over it (sin).”

The reference to sin “crouching” is from Hebrew word rabats (rabas, which is used to describe a restful position or an animal poised to attack (Gen. 29:2; Gen.49:9).

The Hebrew word teshuqah is translated as “desire” or “urge” to communicate the meaning of a strong drive or attraction (also used of the woman in Gen. 3:16).

The Lord describes sin as “crouching” or “resting” like an animal at the “door.” In context the “door” is the den of the crouching, resting animal. The Lord tells Cain that he has sin, but that sin can be contained in its den if he will think what is right, say what is right and do what is right. The sin nature of man can be controlled by man, but if man is going to give into sin then sin is ready and waiting like an animal by the door of its den to come out and control man.

The Lord is not saying Cain can be righteous by good works, because as long as we have a sin nature we cannot be righteous in ourselves. But, the Lord does expect each man to control and master that sin nature. If they fail they will be devoured by sin itself.

  Christian Quote from Church History

"When the Bible speaks of fools and folly, it is referring not to mental deficiency but moral perversity…
First, we deny God’s existence
(Psm. 14:1),
and then
we deny life’s values."

- Alistair Begg





Something to Ponder??

The proton is 1836 times
more massive than an electron. This ratio is required for the molecules necessary for life to form. Stephen Hawking himself said,

"The remarkable fact is
that the values of these numbers seem to have
been very finely adjusted
to make possible the development of life.”

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information


Prophetes (Gr) - Prophet (Eng) - prophetes is a Greek word for "prophet" and refers to someone
who spoke the words directly given to them by the Holy Spirit of God. The prophetes would
speak God's words directly under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Bible teachers and
pastors who are gifted to teach and proclaim the Word of God are not prophetes.

  When all the landmarks that have been identified (Temple Mount, Gihon Springs, Ophel, Kidron and Hinnom Valleys, northern wall of ancient Jerusalem) then the location of the David's palace and the residence of the kings of Judah that followed him can be generalized to a very small plot of land. This site has been excavated and a large stone structure that served as a governmental building and a defensive center of the city of David's time has been discovered. It is believed that the royal palace of David and his descendents has been discovered by Eilat Mazar. (See photos here.
Details here)
Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I show other people love and faithfulness?
Do I love God and live faithfully in agreement with his Word?
I will show love to others and to God as I live faithful to my word that I have given to men
and faithful the Word God has given to me, because
in my commitment to love and faithfulness will favor from men and God be granted to me.
  "Let love and faithfulness never leave you;
    bind them around your neck,
    write them on the tablet of your heart.
Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight
of God and man."
- Proverbs 3:3-4
Read the Bible in a Year; Bible Reading Program
Read one chapter each day to read through the narrative portion (or, the story line) of the whole Bible Genesis-Acts in one year. Read the General Text of the Bible Read the Complete Text of the Bible in a Year
(morning only) Genesis 6 Genesis 10-11
Prayer for Today
Personal Prayer Church Prayer Item National Prayer Concerns World Prayer Concerns
Relaxation and refreshing People accepting
Christ and receiving
the New Birth
Social Security Somalia populated by warlords, pirates, broken government, Islam
Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
Robinson's Arch, Jerusalem



Nehemiah's Wall in Jerusalem 445 BC
Potentially the land described in Genesis 2.
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This is a photo from inside one of Herod's cisterns on Herodian on the northeast side. It is accessed through a series of tunnels cut by the rebels of the Bar-Kochba revolt of 132-135 AD. Josephus mentions these cisterns:

"He (Herod) also made a great many reservoirs for the reception of water,
that there might be plenty of it ready for all uses... ". -Wars 7 Chapter 6 Par. 1

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