Blessings, Blameshifting, and Consequences

God's grace

Gen 4-7 Three curses are mentioned in these chapters. First, the serpent would be cursed to crawl on its belly and eat the dust of the earth because it deceived Eve in the Garden. Secondly, the ground would be cursed because Adam and Eve blamed the serpent for their disobedience rather than confessing their sin to God. Third, Adam and Eve’s firstborn son, Cain, would be cursed by God for his murder and lie about Abel. Yet, in each, we see God’s grace.  

There is a principle here: God wants us to confess our sin, not blame another or our circumstances. He is full of mercy, grace and patiently waits for us to repent of our sin. The Hebrews author wrote: “Let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and find grace whenever we need help.” [Heb 4:16] Neither the serpent, Adam, nor Cain took advantage of that. How about us?

Later, God graciously gave Adam and Eve a new son to replace Abel. Seth honored God, and unlike the line of Cain, his descendants began to call upon the name of the Lord. Out of his line came Enoch and Noah, who walked with God and were blessed by God.

God gave us these pictures to show us the effects of sin and the blessings of obedience.

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