Man will always corrupt God’s Way
The first recorded sin after the expulsion from the Garden and the Tree of Life was murder.
You would think that, if you start out with murder, things could only get better, right?
Well, not if you’re following man’s way.
Even though Yahweh expelled Adam and Eve from the Garden, it was never His will for them to depart from His Ways. These Divine Ways that they learned during the walks “in the cool of the day” were to be forever a part of their lives as they “multiplied and filled the earth.”
But His Ways were corrupted as the sinful nature began to manifest itself in their offspring.
Why do you suppose Cain killed his brother Abel?
Simple. Cain killed Abel because Abel followed God’s way and Cain followed his own way. Cain did what was right in his own eyes. (Judges 17:6, 21:25, Proverbs 14:12, 21:2)
The Father, in His mercy, tried to warn Cain about his own, inferior way.
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 [transgression of the law – 1 John 3:4] lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.”
I want you to notice a couple things in this passage.
Man was meant to conquer sin, not be a slave to it
Even as early as Genesis, God has been telling mankind to have the mastery over his sinful nature … and His viewpoint has not changed.
If sin is the transgression of the law (1 John 3:4), we are to have mastery over this nature. If you do not believe this, you have a carnal mind, according to Romans 8:7.
Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.
Every time we give in to our sinful natures by disobeying the law, it is because of human choice. We really need to “man up” (or “woman up”) and face this fact.
Therefore do not let sin [transgression of the law – 1 John 3:4] reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts.
Chew on that verse …. believe it …. live it.
Regarding the myth about man not being able to keep God’s law … it’s pure garbage. We don’t serve a sadistic God who gives us an order that we can’t obey.
And for those of you who want to use James 2:10 as a defense, I got something for you, check out the following post:
Is there more than one way to skin a ….. cow?
It should be obvious that there was an accepted protocol for Cain and Abel’s offering. While it is not recorded in scripture, there was a right way to present this offering to Yahweh, and all the other ways were wrong.
The RIGHT way was God’s Way. Cain chose the WRONG way. It was a way that was acceptable to Cain …. but not to God.
Cain was doing what was right in his own eyes, and Yahweh had no regard for it.
I’m sure Cain probably thought, “I’m sure this will suit God just fine! It may not be perfect, but hey … He knows my heart. God’s not impressed with my deeds anyway.”
Hmmm … sounds familiar.
The Foundation for Corruption
What started out with Eve questioning God’s Word resulted in a birth of offspring who found it suitable to worship God in their own way. Take a little while to think about this …. it’s vital to understanding what is going on in the church today!
This provided the foundation for complete corruption in man’s thinking. We see the fruit of this in Genesis 6.
And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
Man Corrupted God’s Way
Now, I know that many of the bible translations out there show this passage as saying “all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth,” but I would have to side with King Jimmy on this one. It makes more sense for all flesh corrupting “His” (notice the capital “H”) way on the earth.
Man’s way has always been corrupt … apart from God. God’s Ways have never been corrupt, they are the standard by which we are to measure ourselves. They are only corrupted when man twists them into his own inferior, carnal ways.
Any way you slice it, man had corrupted His Way and their own way on earth by doing what was right in their own eyes.
First Eve was tempted by the serpent when it said, “Did God really say ….??”
Then Cain said, “I know God said …. but I’m going to do it my way.”
… and it got progressively worse from there.
Stay tuned, I have more to say on this.