The Doctrine of Revelation: The Story of Scripture (Part 5)

It cracks me up every time I hear people talk about the Bible like it is some boring book about holy people and their judgmental God. Usually I ask them to cite specific examples; beyond a convoluted story about the Garden of Eden and a boat full of animals most people can’t cite any. This says to me that they haven’t actually read the Bible. The truth is that the Bible is an amazing story about some crazy jacked-up people and their astoundingly gracious God. Take, for example, the story of Cain and Abel. Here is an account that describes how Jesus is the answer to one man’s huge failure.

The story of Cain and Abel begins with two brothers who know God and know that their relationship with this God requires a sacrifice. But this is hardly a story of brotherly love, for only Abel’s sacrifice was acceptable to God. Cain becomes incredibly jealous and this jealousy and anger leads him to serious sin: he murders his brother. It’s the first record of murder in the history of the world, and it is all related to worship.

As a punishment for his sin God exiles Cain from his people. The Scriptures state:

10 And the LORD said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to me from the ground.  11 And now you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand.  12 When you work the ground, it shall no longer yield to you its strength. You shall be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth.” (Genesis 4:10-12)

God takes sin very seriously and drives Cain away from the relationship he once had with the Holy Creator. But Cain’s response is important. For Cain says:

13 Cain said to the LORD, “My punishment is greater than I can bear.  14 Behold, you have driven me today away from the ground, and from your face I shall be hidden. I shall be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me.” (Genesis 4:13-14)

Cain says that the debt he owes to God is to great for him to live with. And at one level it truly is. But if we pause here to consider the storyline of Scripture and its relation to the account of Cain and Abel we find that Jesus is the answer to Cain’s dilemma and ours.

For it was Jesus who endured all that Cain said he could not. Jesus has no land, Jesus is a wanderer, Jesus is seized by strangers who kill him, and God hides His face from Jesus on the cross. Jesus took the punishment of Cain. And it is this pattern that we see repeated throughout the storyline of Scripture. The debt man owes to God is to great for him to fulfill…and so in steps Jesus. He does what we cannot. He takes our burden. He did it for Cain and He does it for all who believe in Him.

Comments

  1. Awesome post, man! I love the “storyline of the Gospel!” So many people seem to overlook the fact that everything in the Bible is pointing to the Gospel! Awesome!

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