• A Mark on Cain

    Genesis 4:13-16

    Do you believe that you are self-sufficient? Do you really think that you can live without God and the assistance He provides through His people? Though we try to be strong and handle everything ourselves, attempts at complete self-sufficiency are ...Read More

  • An Honorable Offering

    Genesis 4:1–16

    There are many demands upon us all, and it can be tempting to offer God only what is left over of our time, energy, and funds. But we do this because we do not revere Him as we ought. Yet ...Read More

  • An Honorable Offering

    Genesis 4:1–16

    Though we cannot truly separate internal attitudes from external actions, we must note that what the Lord desires most of all is a heart devoted to Him. Our outward actions generally reveal the intent of our hearts, but it is ...Read More

  • Cain and His Offering

    Genesis 4:3-5

    John Calvin comments on today’s verses, writing that when God sees false worship, “combined with gross and manifest mockery of himself, it is not surprising that he hates it and is unable to bear it.” If we do not ...Read More

  • Cain Rose Up

    Genesis 4:8

    How do you read the warnings of sacred Scripture? Do you take them seriously or do you assume that you are incapable of the sins of someone like David or Peter? What about public worship? Do you continue hating your ...Read More

  • Glorifying God in Worship

    Genesis 4:1–16

    In worship, we may say all the right things in our liturgies, but if our hearts are not in it, the Lord is displeased with our offering of praise. Similarly, our hearts may be fully into worshiping God, but if ...Read More

  • Lamech’s Arrogance

    Genesis 4:23–24

    Modern man falsely assumes the Lord will never repay him for his wickedness. Instead of repenting of their sin, the impious, as John Calvin writes, “rage against those chastisements of God, which ought at least to render them gentle.” Yet ...Read More

  • Rule Over It

    Genesis 4:5-6

    David’s wicked affair with Bathsheba and involvement in the death of Uriah (2 Sam. 11) began with an “innocent” glance at the woman’s beauty (v. 2). If we are not careful with what we look at, listen to ...Read More

  • The Blood of Abel

    Genesis 4:9-12

    Psalm 90:8 is a powerful reminder of our Lord’s all-seeing gaze. Though we might think we can sin in secret, God knows every evil deed we commit, even if no one else on the planet finds out. How ...Read More

  • The First City

    Genesis 4:17-22

    John Calvin comments on today’s passage, saying that in Cain’s line “we see, at the present time, that the excellent gifts of the Spirit are diffused through the whole human race.” Although we must be ever aware of ...Read More

  • The First Family

    Genesis 4:1-2

    Even though the firstborn son had certain legal privileges and responsibilities (Deut. 21:15–17), God commonly does the unexpected in Scripture and chooses the younger over the older (Gen. 25:19–26; Rom. 9:13). Among other things, this ...Read More