Life Lesson #11

In Genesis 4:1-16, the Bible tell us the well known event of Cain killing Able.

As the events unfold we see that Cain became infuriatingly angry with Able, but why would one event be angering enough to kill?

This one event was the outcome of many years of not dealing with emotional disappointments in his life.

How can we tell?

Notice the attitude Cain displayed with God in verse 9, “Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?”

This kind of attitude with the Almighty shows us the disregard he had towards God.

Jude, gives another glimpse of his character showing us this event was the culmination of a lifetime of not taking control of his anger but acting out of instinct.

Jude 10-11, “But these men revile the things which they do not understand; and the things which they know by instinct, like unreasoning animals, by these they are destroyed. Woe to them! For they go the way of Cain, and for pay they have rushed headlong into the error of Balaam, and perished in the rebellion of Korah.”

Jude is saying Cain was one who reviled, which is to criticize in an abusive or angrily insulting manner the things he did not understand and that he acted out of instinct.

God had given him a warning in Genesis 4:7 about his sinful attitude, saying “You must master it.” But instead he instinctually killed when he did not get what he wanted.

Outbursts of anger causes seperation. Because Cain did not control his anger and as punishment he was sent out alone away from his family.

Life lesson: When you do not control your actions caused by anger, you act out of instinct instead of the power of the Holy Spirit living in you and it will cause seperation between you and your family.