Hi everyone and welcome back.
I imagine some of you were a little overwhelmed while reading the last long blog. My goal in to quicken a desire to be a watchman in the Kingdom of God. But not only that, I want us to understand the power that we are facing. We arm ourselves with knowledge and gain the tools to empower us to pray with understanding as we learn together.
I think we are all aware of the watchman’s responsibility. Reminder: Watchman-
Strongs: #8104 1) to keep, guard, observe, give heed; to watch for, wait for,; to keep, preserve, protect.
Watchmen, What of the night? There is a reason that phase screams in our spirit.
I have an urgency in my spirit to understand the night!
“What” is happening? Lord please give us clear vision in the night.
I am tired of the silence of a little slumber a little sleep. Lord give us vision like the Lion that we read about in the last blog. We want to see, respond, and defeat the enemy in his diabolical plans even when we seem unaware.
We are going to the book of Genesis in our study because I feel the murder of Abel and the interchange between Cain and the Lord and all that followed are a road map for us to understand the night and to recognize it’s signs with “our eyes wide open”.
I must confess to you that my heart is completely overwhelmed with the scope of what I am putting before you. I long so to be able to impart to you the importance of understanding what happened in this portion of scripture and how it relates to us now.
I sense in my Spirit an earnest, sincere call to us..to you and to me..to all who read this blog…about the time we are in…about the call to His church…about the night.
If you will indulge me for a while…we will explore Genesis 4 and see some of the parallels about today and pray with understanding.
I encourage you to go to Blue Letter Bible on the internet http://www.blueletterbible.org/index.cfm and look up Gen. 4:9-27 and read the commentary from Matthew Henry http://www.blueletterbible.org/commentaries/comm_view.cfm?AuthorID=4&contentID=631&commInfo=5&topic=Genesis&ar=Gen_4_9 Ask the Lord to speak to you and dig much more out of it than I can give in this blog. The writings from Jamieson,Faucett and Brown are also very interesting.
We have all heard many sermons and Sunday school stories about Cain and Abel. But I want us to see a pattern that began with the fall of Adam, was intensified in Cain and is alive in our world today. Not only is it alive but it has overwhelmed the world with great darkness. I know that genealogy is not most people favorite subject, but it will help us as we continue in our study to be able to quickly recognize and give an answer when the Spirit of God asks us that question. We must be light in the night. We are a city set on a hill to shine forth the light of the glory and power of the Lord God Almighty. But, we find ourselves tired, confused, questioning whether we need to get into the battle.
Watchman, “WHAT” of the night?
CAIN AND ABEL
Please read Genesis 4: 4-26.
It all started by the bringing of an offering acceptable to the Lord. I’m sure there was a lot of excitement in their hearts as they brought their offerings to the Lord for His blessing. They had been taught in the ways of the Lord from their early days and were not unaware of what “the Lord required of them”.
It would seem that it was much easier and convenient for Cain to bring the harvest from the ground to the Lord as he was a farmer. Although Abel was the younger brother he seemed to have a keen desire to follow the Word of the Lord that they had been taught, bringing the firstfruit (the best) of his flock. I can’t help but think they knew the value of obedience to Father God. I wonder if Cain thought about the fact that he was being disobedient? Did his own arrogance and pride cause him to think..I can do this…after all look who I am…I am the eldest…I will be okay? BUT the Lord had respect unto Abel, not unto Cain,–The words, “had respect to,” signify in Hebrew,–“to look at any thing with a keen earnest glance,” which has been translated, “kindle into a fire,” so that the divine approval of Abel’s offering was shown in its being consumed by fire as a burnt offering. Acceptable to the Lord. Cain’s was not!
The heart of Cain is filled with anger, resentment and depression and it is visible for all to see. Genesis 4:5b..And Cain was very wroth,and his countenance fell.
I can use my sanctified imagination to envision him stomping around and yelling and throwing things and pouting while he feels sorry for himself. Narcissism at it’s worst. After all, his offering was just as good. It was something he grew with his own sweat and tears. And on and on.
Genesis4:6,7 And the Lord said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? If thou doest well,shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou dost not well,sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.
Paraphrasing Jamieson, Faucett & Brown–“Why are you angry, as if unjustly treated? If you do well (that is, if you were innocent and sinless) a thank offering would have been accepted as a token of your dependence as a creature. But you did not do well (that is, art a sinner), a sin offering is necessary, by bringing that you would have met with acceptance and retained the honors of your birthright.” This language implies that previous instructions had been given as to the mode of worship; Abel offered through faith
“What” do you think Cain’s first reaction was to the questioning of the Lord?
I think he sulked and sat around feeling sorry for himself. Scripture gives the impression that he talked to Abel. Probably had an argument and tired to put his guilt on Abel. Trying to get away from the conviction in his spirit. But it didn’t work. So he hatched a plan that would rid him of any competition. When he has a plan that will work he sneaks out and does the evil deed. He lured his brother into the field with him and killed him. Not a stranger, but his brother. My heart hurts just thinking about it. He had already been arrogant, disrespectful and angry at God. Now he is multiplying his sins over and over by taking the life of his brother. He knew that life was a precious thing given by the Lord. “What??” was Cain thinking to have compounded his sins so quickly?
Genesis 4:9 New King James Version (NKJV)
9 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?”
He said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?”
New King James Version (NKJV)
10 And He said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood cries out to Me from the ground.
I find myself thinking about the answer that Cain gave the Lord when he was questioned about where was his brother Gen. 4:9. He had already been chastened by the Lord for his sacrifice and now he has a visit from the Lord again. Think about it, he wasn’t talking to his buddy, but to Father God and his arrogance and desire to hide from his sin of murder caused him to say he didn’t know where Abel was–”am I my brothers keeper?” –Oh yes, Cain you were your brothers keeper and you were his murderer. It is very interesting to note that the same word was used in the original for watchmen and keeper in many places and is used here.
I can not help but think of the thousands of unborn children who have been sacrificed to the enemy with that same attitude. People can so glibly take life and then pretend that it is not their fault, has nothing to do with them, etc.
Cain paid a big price for his sin. He lost so much. But,look at the root of the causes of his fall and see the signs of that same root today. There was a multiplication of his sin. Synergy in the worst example. Please continue to read genealogies in the Old Testament and discern “what of the night”?
Let’s just stop here for a while and see if we can read this portion of scripture and ask the Lord to give us a few of the signs of the night. Let’s see how dark the night is.
Watchman, What of the Night.