Watering the Tulips
December 5, 2012
“So the Lord said to Cain, ‘Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it’” – Genesis 4:6-7
There is much talk today about sinners accepting the Lord. Yet, that is not necessarily in line with the language of the Bible. In fact, that terminology is never used in the Bible. Don’t misunderstand, there certainly are some doctrinally sound believers that use such language. However, it’s possible that many today are misled by is use. You see, man’s need is not so much that he accepts God. Man’s real need is that God accepts him!
Our text passage here speaks of a day when God rejected Cain. He and his brother, Abel, had brought an offering to the Lord. Abel properly brought a bloody sacrifice that represented Jesus dying on the cross. Cain, on the other hand, brought the fruit of his own labor. God accepted Abel because he had the proper sacrifice. Cain was rejected because he sought fellowship with God through an unprescribed manner.
From the very beginning of Tabernacle worship, the goal was that God would accept their worship (Exodus 28:38). Not one time throughout the Old Testament was the goal for God to somehow become acceptable to man. He is acceptable! The OT saints entered into their ceremonies realizing that they were the ones who were sinners and it was they who needed to somehow be accepted by the Lord. This could only be done when they approached God properly.
The New Testament is much the same. Of course, Jesus fulfilled all of the Mosaic Law and therefore we don’t approach God in worship through the same methods as our Old Testament brethren. But still, our need today is to be accepted by the Lord. In Acts 10, we find Peter preaching to the house of Cornelius. There we read, “Then Peter opened his mouth and said: “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him” (Acts 10:34-35). You see, mans great need is to be accepted by God.
So, how is man to be accepted by God? We know to be rejected means that a man will spend eternity in the Lake of Fire (Revelation 20:15). God has plainly revealed that there is but one way to be accepted by Him. Ephesians 1:6 says, “…He made us accepted in the Beloved”. That is, in Christ we are accepted. Jesus declared a similar truth in John 14:6 when He said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me”.
Reader, “…there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5). Our prayer today is that God accepts you through Him. There is no other way.
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