Then the LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? 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 4:6,7
God spoke to Cain.
His conversation starts with, “Why are you angry?”.
Most of the time, you can tell a person is angry by the look on their face. Sometimes you can see their eyes filled with hate. Others hide behind masks, or look away, so you cannot see their thoughts. So, God asks Cain why his face is downcast? Maybe Cain is having a hard time looking up? He has some evil thoughts. He needs council.
God gives Cain the best advice, and says, “If you do what is right, will you not be accepted?”
Who is Cain trying to get acceptance from?- God. Earlier in the story, Cain gave God a portion of his crops, but they weren’t his best. His crops were a lukewarm gift to God.
When his brother, Abel, offered choice cuts of meat from his firstborn lambs, God accepted them, but God was not pleased with Cain’s gifts.
That’s where the conversation starts between God and Cain, because God can see the thoughts Cain has, and they are not good.
Then God gives more advice, and says, “But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you…”
Sin is a terrible thing. It is waiting for us to get pulled into its grips. It desires to have us.
God’s final advice is, “But you must rule over it.”
Cain did not take God’s advice. In the next verses we find that he attacked and killed his brother.
People can rule over the sin in their lives, otherwise God would not have told Cain to rule over it. We have a choice.
What is making the world such an angry place? — Right now, it seems to be Christians, and their desire to please God.
For the people who are doing the persecuting, these verses are for you. You will be accepted by God if you do what is right. If you continue to do the things you know are wrong, sin is crouching at your door, waiting to destroy you, It desires to have you. You must rule over it, or it will rule over you.
God wants to save you, but He is just and righteous. Will you accept His forgiveness, or His wrath?
Jesus knew rejection too. He was God’s Son, but the religious leaders of His time would not accept Him. He was doing the Father’s will, but they killed Him.
Jesus rose again, and is at the right hand of God interceding for us. He asked God to forgive the very ones who were killing Him. He is merciful, and willing to forgive anyone who comes to Him, who believes in Him, and who repents of their sins.
He is not willing that anyone should perish, but wants everyone to come to repentance.