19 - Les Feldick Bible Study Lesson 2 - Part 3 - Book 2 - Cain and Abel

19: Lesson 2 Part 3 Book 2 – Cain and Abel: Genesis 4:1 – 5:24

Through the Bible with Les Feldick

LESSON 2 * PART 3 * BOOK 2

Cain and Abel

Genesis 4:1 – 5:24

Now let’s just pick up again where we left off last lesson, and that would be in Genesis chapter 4, and verse 8. If you remember the last time we were together we were talking about Cain and Abel, and why Abel’s sacrifice was accepted and Cain’s rejected. And it all boils down to the simple matter of obedience to what God said to do. Remember Abel brought a blood sacrifice as required by God’s instructions, and God accepted it, and Abel came back in the right relationship with his God.

However Cain brings a bloodless sacrifice, that which was of self will, and God rejected it. We then found Cain got angry, and God came back and said, “But Cain I’ve already provided the lamb for you to sacrifice if you will only go to your tent door, pick it up and bring it, and I’ll accept you.” And still Cain would not do as he was told.

To get our mind kind of cleared as to why some people seemingly can never get these things to the place that they can believe it, let’s go back again before we go any further in Genesis chapter 11, the great faith chapter and again look at verse 4.

Hebrews 11:4a

“By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, (why was Abel’s sacrificed accepted? His faith!) by which he obtained witness that he was righteous,…”

Now come on over to chapter 12, and we’re going to pick up that other individual that I alluded to in our last lesson. A man also who morally and in every other way was probably better than his brother Jacob. Just about everyone knows the story of Jacob and Esau, and how that Esau was a hunter and was loved by his father, and when Isaac wanted that venison meal, Esau went out and got it. But in the mean time, Jacob by trickery, had beaten Esau to the blessing.

And remember earlier in the story, when Esau came in from the field, and was all exhausted and hungry, he glibly gave up his spiritual birthright for a bowl of bean soup Jacob had made. Now why would he do such a thing? Because like Cain, he was destitute of faith. What God had said concerning the coming of a Redeemer through the line of Abraham, meant nothing to Esau. But Jacob, the rascal that he was, evidently had enough of a concept of what God said He would do that Jacob could believe it. So Jacob was a man of faith, and Esau was not.

Hebrews 12:16-17

“Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. 17. For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: (just like Cain was) for he found no place of repentance, through he sought it carefully with tears.”

Now that verse is hard to comprehend until you can understand, that even though Esau wept because he missed receiving the blessing, yet he never got to the place that he could understand why he missed the blessing. And why did he miss it? Because he could not believe what God had said! Esau was a man who had no faith.

And again I always have to bring all these things up to our own contemporary time. How many people have we got all around us who are good people, I mean morally good people, and they’re emotions are stirred, but they just cannot simply believe what God has said to believe for their salvation, as we find in I Corinthians 15:1-4 and Romans 10:9-10. So where are they? They’re out there in disobedience and trying to make their own way, usually under the Law of Moses. They’re like Esau or Cain, they are destitute of faith. They just cannot accept what God has told the Apostle Paul concerning Salvation for the Church Age, which we are now part of.

Now then let’s come back to chapter 4 of Genesis and carry on. We should make a little head way this ½ hour. So now we see that Cain is still carrying that rebellious attitude with him and now he is filled with that four letter word, “envy.” What’s he envious of? Oh the fact that Abel is now right with God, and he isn’t. There is nothing else that has come between these two brothers except this one fact. So now Cain becomes envious. Do you realize that you cannot break a single one of the Ten Commandments without first being guilty of envy?

Let’s look at that in Romans chapter 7 for a moment where Paul is having this great battle. And you know the concept here is that Paul makes it so plain “the things I would, I don’t. And the things that I should do, I don’t.” So he’s got this great controversy within himself. But now in verse 7 he says:

Romans 7:7

“What shall we say then? Is the law sin? (is there something wrong with the Law?) God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, (for what it really is) but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.”

So think about that in the next few days as you go about your daily work, and see if there is anything in the Ten Commandments that you can break without coveting? There’s not a one. Everything that is in our relationship with God, so far as our disobedience is concerned, is always triggered by coveting or envy, or jealously, and it can just eat at the inner being of people, then pretty soon it comes to the surface.

Now come on back to the Book of Genesis chapter 4. You see, that’s exactly what happened to Cain. Oh he became so envious of Abel’s relationship with God. The very fact that God accepted him, and instead of just going back to God in obedience, what does he do? He let’s that envy eat and eat until finally Cain settles this jealously with his brother by killing him.

Genesis 4:8

“And Cain talked with Abel his brother: (he didn’t just talk with Abel, but rather he confronted him) and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.”

Now over the twenty years I’ve been teaching, I’ve developed a few little cliques I call them, that I use over and over, and one of them is, “sin begets sin.” Once we get down that road of sin, another sin just follows so naturally, sin begets sin, and that’s what happens here. What was Cain’s first sin? A lack of faith. He could not believe what God said was true. After that sin, what followed? Envy, jealously. Now his envy and jealously actually comes to the place where he commits a still more terrible sin, when he murdered his brother. Now verse 9

Genesis 4:9

“And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not; Am I my brother’s keeper?

So then Cain lied, and what’s a lie? Another sin. See he just keeps piling them up. Now verse 10.

Genesis 4:10

“And he said, What hast thou done? The voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground.”

Now I think there’s more in this verse than I’m even able to gleam from it, but there is a connection here with the blood of Abel going into the ground, which is already under the curse. There is a connection I’m sure, but I’m not to the place where I can clarify it just yet. So it might be something that you would want to study on your own. Now verse 11.

Genesis 4:11

“And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand; 12. When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.”

Now Cain comes back and cries doesn’t he? He cries just like Esau did. Remember in Hebrews, Esau cried bitter tears, but he was still destitute of faith.

Genesis 4:13

“And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear.”

Listen, would God have forgiven Cain even here? Sure He would have. All Cain would have had to do was just let his pride come down, say, “Oh God I’ve sinned, I’ll do what you want me to do, I’ll go and get that sacrifice, and bring to you.” But Cain doesn’t, and you just see the man go down, down, down. Let’s read on.

Genesis 4:14

“Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me.”

Here God says: “Oh no they won’t, I’ll prevent that.” Now verse 15.

Genesis 4:15

“And the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD sat a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.”

Now we don’t know what that mark was, and I wouldn’t even venture a guess, but I’ll tell you one thing, everybody that was contemporary with Cain, knew who he was. And they wouldn’t touch him for anything. So God providentially put that protection on him.

Now this also points out something else. Here we are in the dawn of human history, and from Adam and Eve and Cain and Abel, and these first families that are just starting up on this side of the Garden of Eden, all the way to the flood, you want to remember that there is no system of what we call law and order. There is no government, or law and order. In other words everyone operated simply from conscience. There was no system of organized worship. Now they knew to approach God with an animal sacrifice, but there was no system of worship as we find introduced to the nation of Israel, or as we find Paul introducing to the Church. But rather every person was more or less on his own to be obedient to his God by virtue of the conscience within him. Maybe I can show that best from the Book of Romans chapter 2. I always stress that we have to use all the Scriptures.

In fact it came up in our class last night where we have been studying the Book of Acts, where Paul had been driven out of the little city of Thessalonica up there in Northern Greece, where they refused to let him teach and preach, and so he went down to the next little city south of Thessalonica to Berea, and that verse says what?

Acts 17:11

“These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.”

And oh that’s a good admonition for us. If you don’t agree with me, don’t come and argue with me, but rather search the Scriptures. I always like to make it clear that I don’t trumpet any one denomination, and I don’t try to get a person to leave his denomination, but rather all I try to do is teach the Word! I just told someone at break time, that very seldom do I ever come down on the so called “sins of society.” You don’t very often hear me talk about drugs, and sex and gambling, and so forth, because I don’t have to. All you have to do is get in the Book and those things will take care of themselves. So now in Romans chapter 2 we find Paul writing to the Gentile believers at Rome, and he’s explaining all of this, as he’s preparing for chapter 3, a chapter we’ve already looked at quite a bit in our study.

Romans 2:14-15

“For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, (do you see that? Gentiles that Paul is referring to are those who are either contemporary with Israel while they’re under the Law or that civilization coming up to the time of the Law, when as yet there was none.) do by nature (or naturally) the things contained in the law, (in other words they refrain from murder, adultery, stealing, and so forth. They didn’t do all these things because there was a law that told not to,) these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: 15. Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)

Now that tells it as plainly as it can be told, that for these people who lived before the Law was given, operated on the influence of conscience. That which God had placed in the very breast of Adam and Eve and those following of what was right and what was wrong.

I was amazed years and years ago when we first got interested in foreign missions, and missionaries would come home from parts of the world that 30 or 40 years ago were still pretty much steeped in a spiritual darkness. It isn’t so much that way anymore, in fact much of what we used to call dark Africa is now beginning to send missionaries to America now. I hope you know that. But anyway I remember missionaries coming back and would say, “These pagan people, under the influence of the witch doctors, yet they had a moral code that would make us American look pretty shabby.” Where did they get this moral code? Oh from their conscience! They knew deep inside that it was not right to murder, or commit adultery, and be immoral.

In fact I remember one missionary in particular that their missionary work was down in central, South American down on the Amazon River, and that particular tribe was so hung up on sexual immorality that if any young girl was married with any doubt whatsoever that she was pure, her first child was taken into the jungle and killed. Now think of that! They had that much emphasis on a pure marriage relationship. Now where do they get it? Conscience. Now let’s come back to Genesis chapter 4. So at this time there is no system of organized law as we know it, no controlled behavior, nor are there any organized system of worship. Now verse 16. Cain, we know is a rebel

Genesis 4:16a

“And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD,…”

Cain didn’t want any more to do with God. I suppose also that when the Lord told him that He had put a protection on him that no one could avenge the death of his brother death. In fact Cain I think had a smugness that he had nothing to fear, and he removes himself from the place where God won’t have any contact with him.

Genesis 4:16b

“…and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.”

Now the question coming up quite often lately is, where was the Garden of Eden? Well I think most people who give any credence at all to the Book of Genesis, especially out of the archeological community, I think they would all agree that it was someplace between the Euphrates and Tigress River. And with our controversy with Iraq, which is right in the cradle of civilization. So Cain moved somewhere around that area or maybe the area of Babylon, it’s in that area of the world.

Genesis 4:17a

“And Cain knew his wife, and; and she conceived, and bare Enoch:…” (not the same Enoch that walked with God in Genesis 5:22)

Now in these verses between 17 and 24, we have the explosive beginning of that first Cainatic civilization. I’m saying Cainatic because this civilization is going to explode technology, it’s going to explode in population, but it is totally destitute of a relationship with God. There is nothing spiritual in this civilization whatsoever, although it’s going to explode. Remember now, God’s out of the picture. Now when you force God out of a situation, there is a natural phenomena, and who comes in? Satan. Now don’t delegate Satan to the little guy in a red suit with a pitchfork, with a couple of little horns on his head, because that is not the Biblical picture of Satan. Satan is an angelic personality with tremendous power. The Apostle Paul tells us:

II Corinthians 11:14

“And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light “

We also know that he has the power of the universe at his disposal with only the Sovereign power of God to control him. So this Cainatic civilization is going to be driven by the powers of Satan, and not by the power of God. Now let’s read a few more verses.

Genesis 4:17

“And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch; and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch.

Now you know I’m a strict adherence of the Genesis account. I mean after all this is what God says about it, and I believe every word of it. The other side will try to tell us that man came up in the process of evolution from that primeval soup and finally came up through the monkeys and apes and what have you. And then after he began to walk up right, he began to hunt and raise a family, and all that garbage that they spew out of their mouths and books. Then he lived in caves almost like a wild animal, and little by little he finally formed a civilization.

Well that is not what the Bible says! The Bible says the first thing the off spring of Cain did was settle down, and they buildth a city.

Now it wasn’t a city like New York or Chicago, but nevertheless it was not just a cave dweller or two, these are groups of people who have actually settled in one place and they have set up a community, a society is the best word I can use.

Now if you’re going to have a city, whether it’s 500 or 1000, or 10,000 I think you all realize that a good many of the people involved in that society are in service. Most of our jobs even today are service connected. In other words you have the grocer, the hardware store, and all of these things that are basically service. Very few jobs are really connected with production, now that’s just part and parcel of having a city. Now it was the same way here.

You go back into some of the tribal areas that I’ve already referred to, like down into the central part of South America, on the Amazon River. When our missionaries go down there and approach these natives, running around in the jungle, they know nothing of a civilization like we do. They don’t have villages and towns, they just roam through the forest. And as soon as our missionaries can see them converted, teach them our so called Western ways of living, then what’s the first thing these people do? They settle down in a little village, or community, and begin to work together for one common purpose, and that is to enhance their little village.

Now we won’t have time to go into it any further than this, but this is exactly what Cain and his offspring began, a city. There’s nothing in this Bible that agrees with evolution process, but instead we’re going to see that God said it happened in a particular way, and that’s the way we’re going to believe it.

18 - Les Feldick Bible Study - Lesson 2 Part 2 Book 2 - Cain and Abel: Genesis 4:1 – 5:24

18: Lesson 2 Part 2 Book 2 – Cain and Abel: Genesis 4:1 – 5:24

Through the Bible with Les Feldick

LESSON 2 * PART 2 * BOOK 2

Cain and Abel

Genesis 4:1 – 5:24

Ok let’s pick up where we left off in the last lesson, and that would be in Romans chapter 3 and verse 24. We want to have a little more discussion on that word “Redemption,” and/or “Redeemer.” So now let’s look at that verse again.

Romans 3:24

“Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:”

In other words there is a way whereby God will purchase back that which He lost, back there in the Garden of Eden. You want to remember that when Adam and Eve were in the Garden they belonged to God, and they were in perfect fellowship with Him weren’t they? But when sinned entered, that fellowship was broken and God lost control of them because they had come under control of the god of this world, old Satan. So immediately God institutes a way whereby He can buy the human race back to Himself, and we call that redemption.

And you’ll find that all the way through the Old Testament when God purchased Israel out of the slavery of Egypt, and that is also a beautiful picture of our own salvation. We too as sons of Adam were slaves of sin; we’re in the slave market of Satan. I guess you could say that God’s hands are tied because He has given us that free will. Now God will do everything He can to bring us out of that slave market, but first we have to want to. See, God cannot force you and I out of that market. Remember when we were created, we were created with a mind and will, as well as a set of emotions. And when God extends his love toward us, then He can rightfully expect us to love Him in return. But we don’t have to love God in return, we don’t have to do anything, but He’s made it all possible.

Now Paul here in this word redemption actually goes into a physical, literal setting, and he uses a word that was so common in the days of the Roman Empire and the slave market. If you know anything about ancient history, slavery was just part and parcel of everyday living. These Roman Legions would make their journeys up into Europe, and wherever they went conquering, they would always bring back slaves. This is also what finally made the Roman Empire so corrupt, because the Roman citizens didn’t have to work. These slaves that were constantly being brought in did all the manual work, and for little or no wages, it was slavery to the utmost. Of course that gave rise then to softening of the Roman physique and they finally fell apart, and then they were conquered.

So let’s talk about this slave market that the Romans had. I like to picture some young teenagers that had been taken prisoners maybe up in France, or Germany or some other country, and they bring them back to Rome. They are put into the slave market for people to purchase. The end result for those not bought, are to be made sport of by the lions in the coliseums, I’m sure you remember that from Roman history.

So far as a person coming into the slave market, if someone didn’t come along and buy them out, the end was death! They didn’t have much to look forward to, but let’s take for example an attractive brother and sister, maybe they were both captured at the same time, and the Roman legion brings these kids back to Rome. Let’s say they are in the prime of life, 18 or 19 years old, they’re lovely kids, but they’re now slaves. So they’re in this slave market with nothing to look forward to except death in the coliseum.

But along comes a benevolent Roman, who is well to do. Now in the Roman slave market language there were three different words, and it doesn’t hurt to remember them. The first word was “agerozo” The second word was, “exagerozo” and then the third word was “Lutroo.” Now those were the Greek words that were constantly in use in that Roman slave market. I’m not up much on the stock market, but I know they too have their own language. I know you can sell short and buy long, and take options, and so forth. Any way they have their own language, but so did the Roman slave market.

Now if they wanted to “agerozo” someone who is in this slave market, it was sort of like the stock traders do today. They’ll buy stock in the morning and maybe it goes up 2 or 3 points in the afternoon and they sell if for the profit. . In other words they have no real intention of hanging on to that stock, they’re just playing the market. Well they could do the same thing back in Rome with slaves. They could buy a slave at 8 o’clock in the morning and could leave that slave in the market, hoping that maybe later in the day the market would go up and they could resell the slave and take a profit. It was kind of a sport to these traders.

But the next word “exagerozo” we will use the – ex – means out. Now they also have the prerogative that if this rich Roman would come down to the slave market and pay the price of redemption, but he could also say, “I’m going to take that slave out of the market, I’m going to take him home with me.” Now let’s take that brother and sister, these two beautiful kids, but now they’re slaves, and are in the market. So this rich Roman comes and pays the price, and he takes them out of the market, and takes them home with him. But this Roman is very benevolent, and has a big beautiful home, and he gives each of these kids a beautiful room in his home, and gives them a whole wardrobe of beautiful clothes, and gives them also just light labor that they must do taking care of his landscape. He’s really a good master, and he’s done everything for these two lovely teenagers.

Then one day he comes along and says “Tell you what kids, I’ve also gone one step further, I have also now given you “Lutroo.”’ What does that mean? Freedom! And he tells these kids, “You are now totally free. I have bought you out of the slave market, I have paid the price for Roman citizenship for you, and so far as I’m concerned, you’re free to go any place in the Roman Empire, and do whatever you want to do, because I have paid the full price.”

Now under those kind of circumstances, here these two kids fresh out of the barbarian nations of northern Europe, and they have never had it this good before, they’re eating like they’ve never eaten before, and now this master says, “You’re free to go and do as you please?” What do you suppose these kids would say? They would say, “Master I’ve never had it this good before. I’ll be your slave, and servant for the rest of my life if I can just stay right here and serve you.”

Now isn’t that exactly what God has done. See, God went into the slave market of sin and bought you back. Even though, like I said in the last lesson, it’s a constant invitation, in fact I like to put it this way. All along this river of life there are doorways of escape that we can get out of that slave market. We can let that benevolent individual in the person of the Lord Jesus Himself buy us out of that slave market, but we have to agree that we want to get out. God can’t force us out. So all along this river bank of life, we’ve got these doorways that have signs across the top of each that says, “Whosoever will may come!” The redemption price has been paid, and all we have to do is take the way out,then as we understand all that God has done for me, what should be our logical reaction? “Lord I want to be your servant for the rest of my life. After all you’ve done all this for me, and I’ve never had it this good before” But how many Christians do that? Precious few.

Now getting back to what I mentioned a lesson or two back with regard to Calvinism and as to whether or not we do have a choice about salvation, I like to put it this way: On the front of this doorway of escape for the lost, is that sign “Whosoever will may come,” but after we walk through that door of freedom of salvation, if we could look back at the other side of that door, then we would see another sign that reads, “Chosen before the foundation of the world.”

You know the rest, as that says it all. I had a lady in my class who has been a missionary all her life, and she is now retired. I gave that illustration to her, and she said, “You know I have never heard it put any better.” But you see for a lot of people it’s a problem when we point out the fact that God has chosen us long before the world was created, He knew (foreknowledge) that you and I would be His. But also remember we can’t cancel out that “Whosoever.” So this just kind of covers both sides of that door. From the front side is “Whosoever will may come.” Absolutely nobody is left out, but when we decide to go through that door, and except His remedy for our sins, then what can we see? Oh He chose us before we were ever born. Now you just think about that, and the more you think about it the more thrilling it becomes.

Now then let’s go back to Genesis chapter 4.

Genesis 4:1

“And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Can, and said, I have gotten a man (child) from the LORD.”

And after Eve realizes that Cain wasn’t the Redeemer yet, for I imagine the Lord made it plain that Cain certainly wasn’t going to be the Redeemer, although Eve had the right concept, because this is the way the Redeemer would come. But in verse 2 she has another child and she calls his name Abel.

Genesis 4:2a

“And she again bare his brother Abel….”

Now one of the first rules of thumb in Scripture is that all the way through the Bible you’ll always have first the appearance of what we call the natural, and then that is always followed by the Spiritual. And you can follow that all the way up through Scripture.

1. Cain as you well know never became a Spiritual individual.

He remained the natural, and he was born first. Abel, on the other hand, was the Spiritual one of the two, and he was born second.

2. Another one we could look at would be Isaac and Rebekah’s children,

Esau who was born first, the natural, and this brother

Jacob who was the Spiritual believer.

3. Then we could look at King Saul, the natural who was the first king of Israel,

but not a believer, and then the second king of Israel, King David

the Spiritual who was a believer.

4. And if you want to go to the Book of Revelation and the finalizing of

God’s program, first we’re going to have the appearance of the

anti-Christ the natural and then the appearance of

the true Christ, the Spiritual.

So remember this as you study your Bible that it’s always the natural and then the Spiritual. So here in chapter 4, we have Cain the natural, and his brother Abel is going to be the Spiritual.

Genesis 4:2b-3a

“And Abel was a keeper of the sheep, (a Shepard) but Cain was a tiller of the ground.” (a farmer, and evidently had no livestock) 3. And in process of time…”

Now let’s stop right there, because the Hebrew indicates that what happened was that God had instructed this little family, Adam, Eve, Cain, and Abel, on how to approach Him. In other words God didn’t just send them out of the Garden and let them fend for themselves. God still has their spiritual needs at heart. So after a time of instruction when He had made it so plain as to what they must do to gain fellowship with Himself. “And again remember the premises that we’ve been holding up, there had to be a blood sacrifice, and it had to be accompanied with faith.”

Now as you know by now I’m always reviewing, so what’s our definition of Faith? “Taking God at His Word!” Now let’s look at these two young men. We find Cain is now farming, raising things from the ground, and his brother Abel is a herder of sheep.

Genesis 4:3

“And in process of time (God had told them plainly what they must do) it came to pass that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.”

In other words the things that He had worked for by the sweat of his brow. Whether he brought a bundle of grain, or whether he put a bouquet of sorts together of various flowers and vegetables we don’t know. But we do know it was definitely a sacrifice of things that he had raised from tilling the ground.

Genesis 4:4

“And Abel he also brought of the firstlings (or the best) of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:

Do you see those two different sacrifices? Cain’s sacrifice is one that cannot shed blood. It is something that grew from the ground. Abel on the other hand brings the best of his flocks, a blood sacrifice. Now let’s read verse 5.

Genesis 4:5

“But unto Cain and to his offering he (God) had not respect. And Cain was very wroth and his countenance fell.”

Now lets go back to the Book of Hebrews, chapter 11 for just a moment.

Hebrews 11:4a

“By faith (by taking God at His Word) Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by (that faith, not by the sacrifice) which he obtained witness that he was righteous,…”

Now that word righteous, too many people shrink from it, and think I’ve got to be holier than thou, and walk around like I have a halo on my head, but that’s not what righteous means. Righteous, just simply means that now we’ve been put on a footing with God that we can communicate with him, and God has declared us right with Himself.

Hebrews 11:4b

“…by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying…”

See Abel didn’t have to go back and brag. God had now made it clear that Abel had made himself accepted with God, and even though sin had made it’s mark yet by virtue of his faith and obedience in sacrifice, Abel was right with God.

Now what about Cain? Let’s come back to Genesis chapter 4, and I’m always amazed at how many people who have been in Church all their life, have never caught why Abel’s sacrifice was accepted, and Cain’s was not.

Genesis 4:5

“But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.”

See, it’s just like the human race today. Mankind has not changed a bit. When people are shown from the Word of God that they’re out in left field with whatever they may be practicing, what’s their first reaction? Oh they get mad! And the first thing that struck Cain when God rejected his offering was what? Well why not, and he got angry. But you see God is so gracious, and so kind. God doesn’t just go ahead and zap Cain, but rather He pleads with him, so let’s look at it now in verse 6.

Genesis 4:6-7a

“And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? (angry) and why is thy countenance fallen? 7. If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted?…”

Do you know what God is saying to Cain? Cain if you would just listen to what I say, and do what I tell you to do, then I’d accept you. See here we boil down to the man of faith in Abel, and a man destitute of faith in Cain. Abel remembered what God said to do to be accepted, and what was that? Bring me a blood sacrifice and I’ll accept you! Abel did it. Why? He believed what God had said!

Cain on the other hand rationalized. Here he’s a farmer, and doesn’t have a flock of sheep. Here in Oklahoma we can picture very readily that maybe on the other side of the mountain was Abel with his sheep, and Cain said, “There’s no reason I should make my way over that mountain and barter with my brother Abel for one of his sheep. Surely if I do the very best I can, if I put together the most beautiful sacrifice for God, surely He will accept it.” But you see that rationalizing, and not doing what God said to do.

Now think about it? Isn’t that what the vast majority of people are doing today. Instead of coming into the Bible and seeing what God clearly says through the Apostle Paul in this Age of Grace, what we have to believe for salvation, as found in I Corinthians 15:1-4 and Romans 10:9-10, they rationalize and say, “Well look, if I do such and such, or live in a such and such behavior pattern, surely God will accept me.” Listen, God is not going to accept that person anymore than He did Cain! It has to be God’s way!

Now let’s quickly finish verse 7, and we’re going to see God is going to go one step farther as He always does, and now He tells Cain:

Genesis 4:7a

“If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, (In other words if you want go yourself and find a sacrificial animal and bring it to me, I’ll go you one step further.) sin lieth (or a sin offering) lieth at the door….”

Now it’s unfortunate that the King James Version doesn’t make that plain. But the same Hebrew word for sin is the same Hebrew word for sin offering. And if you put that in verse 7, and I’m not the only one that does that, but if you read it like this.

The Lord saith, “if you doth not well, a sin offering lieth at the door, and unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.”

Now the best illustration I can give here is: Remember when Abraham was going offer Isaac, and God stopped him, but Abraham still had to have a sacrifice, but what had God provided for that sacrifice right behind him? A ram was caught in the thicket. God had provided it, and He had done the same thing here. He’s telling Cain in so many words, “Cain if you go back home, right at your tent door, I’ve provided a lamb. That lamb is not going to argue with you or run from you, and that lamb will succumb to you, and all you have to do is go pick it up, and bring it to me, and I’ll accept you.”

Now isn’t that plain? But does Cain do it? No, because Cain is self willed, and Cain doesn’t believe a thing that God says. I also use the same word of Esau as well as Cain, they were destitute of faith. They just could not believe what God said.

Now did I make that plain enough? Why was Abel accepted and Cain rejected? Because Abel brought a blood sacrifice and Cain brought a bloodless sacrifice. Cain brought what he thought God would accept.

Now bringing it into our own present time. Look at people all around us, and you can ask them why God should let them into His heaven, and you’ll get all different answers because they’re rationalizing, and refusing to just simply consider what has God said, and when we do what God says, that’s FAITH.

17 - Les Feldick Bible Study Lesson 2 - Part 1 - Book 2 - Cain and Abel

17: Lesson 2 Part 1 Book 2 – Cain and Abel: Genesis 4:1 – 5:24

Through the Bible with Les Feldick

LESSON 2 * PART 1 * BOOK 2

Cain and Abel

Genesis 4:1 – 5:24

Tonight, we’re just going to pick up where we left off last week, so turn with me to Genesis chapter 4, and we’ll begin right with verse 1. For a little review from our last lesson, you’ll remember that Adam and Eve were brought back into fellowship by virtue of the animals that were slain, and God provided the blood sacrifice, first and foremost, and them being clothed by the righteousness of God, they were also clothed by the skins to cover their physical nakedness. And since sin had now entered they had to be removed from the Garden of Eden.

Then as we come into chapter 4, we have a whole different set of circumstances. Since sin has now come into the picture, there is a necessity for getting back into a right relationship with God. They are no longer under the light easy keeping of the Garden as they were before, and now they’re going to go out and make their way by the sweat of the brow. Now they’re going to have to live under the effects of the curse. They’ll have to fight against thistles, thorns, weeds, insects, and all the things that the curse brought in are now part and parcel of Adam & Eve’s environment.

Now they are going to being raising children, but always remember it is now all under the curse. So as we come into verse 1, we find them out of the Garden of Eden, and we don’t know how long, because the Bible doesn’t tell us specifically.

Genesis 4:1

“And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, (the first child) and (Eve) said, I have gotten a man (child) from the LORD.”

There are some Bibles that say, “with the help of Jehovah” and still others, which I prefer, that say this is better translated, “I have gotten a man child, even Jehovah.” Now think about that for a minute. Come back now to chapter 3, and we touched on this verse, and when we read it earlier, I said we’d be coming back to it, so I didn’t at that time go into it too much depth a couple of lessons ago. The Lord God or Jehovah is addressing Satan in verse 14 and 15, but verse 15 is the one we like to look at where it says:

Genesis 3:15

“And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, (that is between Satan and Eve) and between thy seed and her seed; it (the seed of the woman) shall bruise thy head, and thou(Satan) shalt bruise his heel.”

Remember we pointed out this is foretelling this long run of enmity between the powers of Satan and especially the Son of God who would be coming on the scene as the Redeemer. Now if you will flip back to Galatians chapter 3 for a moment because we always have to qualify everything with Scripture. The whole idea of studying is that we can compare Scripture with Scripture.

Now the Seed of the woman is unique in verse 15 of Genesis chapter 3, but we have to follow that Seed all the way through Scripture because, like I said it was looking forward to the coming of a Redeemer. Here in this passage it’s certainly qualified as to who is the Seed of the woman.

Galatians 3:16

“Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not. And to seeds, (plural) as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.”

So we can always Scripturally refer to the Lord Jesus then as “The Seed of the woman.” Remember when we first started way back in Genesis 1:1 with creation, and then as we came into the verses about Adam and Eve eating of the forbidden fruit? At that time I certainly tried to make a point that first and foremost we had to understand that Adam, as he was first created, actually contained within him the woman as we now know was Eve. So when Eve was created, the Bible makes it clear that she came out of Adam, because Adam had to be the Federal Head of the human race, and that everyone, including Eve, would now come from that line of Adam. So that’s why the Scripture tells us so plainly that the human race didn’t come under sin by virtue of Eve, even though she ate first.

I Timothy 2:14

And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.”

So sin came on the whole human race by way of Adam! Now we have to understand that Eve was in Adam! Also because even though God didn’t put the curse on Eve for eating from the tree, yet she inherited that sin nature just like every other person since, through Adam. Now all of this should begin to tell us something. For some reason or another, God had to keep the fault that fell upon mankind from Eve, because she was tricked into it. So God insulated her from being at fault. She simply inherited her sin nature from Adam. She was a fallen creature, and under the anathema sin just as much as Adam or anyone else, yet God had something else in the long range view in order to provide a Redeemer, and that had to come through the woman.

Now if you really stop and think most of us certainly ascribe to the virgin birth of Christ, and isn’t it amazing that Christ would be born of a woman, who out of the line of Adam, was a sinner like everyone else. Always remember Mary was not sinless. But isn’t it amazing that God could bring to pass the birth of the Christ child from a normal human being of the female species, and yet her offspring would be sinless, and not pick up anything of that human element of the sin nature.

Now why? I know this is getting a little deep, and I’m afraid that the average Christian never even stops to consider it, but I teach so that we get down to the basics, and the things that maybe aren’t so easily understood. Remember God intends for us to study, and grow, and go into the deep things, as Paul calls them.

So Eve was somehow or other insulated from the blame of the curse when she ate of the tree – and I think the easiest way I can show this is that the seed or egg of the woman, when she begins to get ready for reproduction, within her body there is building all of these potential seeds if you want to call it that. And those seeds will never be anything except just that until they are impregnated from an outside source, such as from the father.

Now this is hard for some people to understand, but as soon as the young mother become pregnant, then the first thing that happens is these cells begin to divide and multiply rapidly, up until we get from 16 till maybe 32 of these cells. Then at about 32 and maybe sometimes at 64 cells all of a sudden in the development of that little embryo, that process of cell division and multiplication stop, and the body cells begin to develop. Now when I say the body cells, I’m talking about the fingers, toes, feet and legs and all that. All of this is going to form that little human body. Then at some point quite a while down the line, these little reproductive cells find their way into the fetus as a whole.

That’s why several lessons ago I said that Eve wasn’t a rib, but rather she was taken out of the side of Adam, and was probably the reproductive part of Eve, and I think the correct term for that is the germ plasm, and that’s all part of our reproduction. Now here’s the amazing thing: Eve had to be insulated from any part of the curse, so that these reproductive cells, beginning from Eve all the way down to Mary and probably continuing on to this very day, do not carry the curse from one generation to the next except through the father. It’s only the father that precipitates what we would call the circulatory system or the blood system.

Now you have to thank about this because this doesn’t come easy like 2 + 2 = 4. So if the female of the species has been insulated from the effects of the curse, in the reproduction area, she cannot pass down from her generation to the next the curse of sin. That can only come from the father. Now physiologically again there is none of the mother’s blood that ever becomes part and parcel of that little infant baby, because the blood comes from the father, and always remember that.

Now then the line of the curse comes through the blood, through the father! Therefore every human being is a born sinner, by virtue of the fact that he has inherited from the father, although she is just as much a sinner as anybody else. But why has all this happened? Why did God see fit to insulate the seed of the woman from the curse. Well God was looking down through the eons of time to the coming of that Redeemer. Christ had to be born of a woman, but He also had to be sinless!

Since the ovum or the reproductive cells of the woman did not carry the curse, God as we know, was the One who impregnated Mary and so she became the mother of the Lord Jesus without the benefit of a human father, and that’s why we call it the virgin birth. Now then you see the Lord Jesus could be born of the woman, without the effects of the curse that came from the human father and so what was He? He was sinless, He was Divine, His blood circulatory system did not originate with the human element, it only originated with God. And yet since He was born of the woman He was human, He had the same appetites that we have, He lived, He ate, He slept like we do, and yet He was without sin.

So now then coming back to Genesis chapter 4, and verse 1. I never like to use the word “assume,” because we can never do that with Scripture., but I think it is so perfectly implied here that since God had provided the way back to Himself, by virtue of Adam and Eve’s faith, that they would continue to live, and they would continue to have children, they would be the parents of the human race. God provided that blood sacrifice that was necessary, but faith is always another one of the prerogatives. It has to be faith + the blood offering. Remember what Hebrews says?

Hebrews 9:22b

“…and without shedding of blood is no remission.”

Then for the other one that is required here is also found in Hebrews chapter 6.

Hebrews 11:6a

“But without faith it is impossible to please him:…”

And it was the same way here with Adam and Eve. God provide the blood sacrifice for Adam and Eve, but they had to believe what God said thus showing their FAITH. Now let’s look at Genesis 4:1 very carefully. Stop and analyze, what Eve is driving at here in verse 1, when she says, “I have gotten a man (child, even Jehovah) from the LORD.”

Well what did Genesis 3:15 promise? The Seed of the woman who would defeat Satan. We know that took place at the cross. So evidently, and I know this takes some deep thinking, the Lord had shared this much with Adam and Eve. That since sin had come into their existence and sin would be plaguing the human race, God Himself would come back on the scene, born of the woman, and become their Redeemer. So Eve had this front and center in her thinking, and when this little boy baby (Cain) was born, what did she think? “This is already HIM. He has already kept His Word. But you see Eve didn’t realize that it would be generations down the line before that Redeemer would come on the scene, but she certainly had the concept.

Now I’m convinced that she had no idea that He would be crucified on a Roman cross, but she did understand that God was going to provide a Redeemer to bring the human race back to Himself. Now let’s just look at the Redeemer concept again. So if you will come all the way back to the Book of Romans chapter 3. We pointed out a couple of lessons ago that the Book of Job tells us:

Job 19:25

“For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:”

So this whole concept of redemption is all the way through the Old Testament. In fact over in the Book of Exodus, what do we normally call that Book? The Book of redemption! Because God bought His covenant people out of the slave market of Egypt, He redeemed them, He bought them back, and that the whole concept of redemption, it is something that you have lost control over, but you buy that control back. In other words let’s just put down into today’s language. I guess just about every American knows what a mortgage is. Maybe you were fortunate enough that you had a home that was paid for, and then you become unfortunate and had to have some cash, to put the kids through school or whatever. So what do you do with that home that’s been paid for? You go to the bank and you mortgage that property. Now who has really got control over that mortgaged house? Well your banker does. You can’t do anything with that house until you have somehow settled that debt with your banker. There is a way you can get that banker out of your hair, and what do you do? You buy that mortgage back, you pay it off, and that’s redemption.

Romans 3:21-25a

“But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets: 22. Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: (that is between Jew now and the non-Jew) 23. For all have sinned, (by one man, Adam) and come short of the glory of God; 24. Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption (through the process of buying us back) that is in Christ Jesus. 25. Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood,…”(Remember the two absolutes in Scripture that is found in Hebrews 9:22 and 11:6?)

“Without the shedding of blood, there is no remission!”

“And without faith it is impossible to please Him!”

It takes those two, and you can’t shortcut them, or detour around them, but you have to face them head on. So here we have it. We are redeemed when we believe what God says about the shed blood, about His death, His burial, and His resurrection.

Romans 3:24

“Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.”

Now let’s look at this system of buying us back. When God put Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, who did Adam and Eve really belong to? Well, the Lord! They were His! He enjoyed their fellowship, He enjoyed their company and they enjoyed His. But you see when sin entered, and they became sin creatures, now who took control over Adam and Eve and their surroundings. Well Satan did. So God lost them, and control over them, Satan now had them, but you see God immediately, in their behalf at least, came in and redeemed them, by virtue of that animal sacrifice and speaking to them in words that they could understand, and they believed Him, so He redeemed them back to Himself.

Now that was just the beginning of the redemption process, and so all the way through Scripture we have this whole idea of redemption. I’ve already alluded to the Book of Exodus as the Book of redemption. Take the nation of Israel for example, when God had called out Abraham and promised him a nation of people that would come from that one man. They would come through the line of Isaac and Jacob, and Jacob’s twelve sons, and God was in full fellowship with that whole line of people.

Then you remember the story of how the brothers hated Joseph because he was the favorite son of their father, and for all practical purposes, what did they do with him? They killed him so far as they were concerned, howbeit God had something else in mind and spared his life. But Joseph ends up in Egypt, and because Joseph ends up there and becomes the second greatest man in Egypt and was in control of the grain and getting everything for the seven years of famine. So when the famine hit Canaan and news had it that there was grain down in Egypt, where did the brothers have to go? Down to Egypt. You know the story.

Now as a result of Abraham’s offspring, Jacob and the twelve sons now in Egypt in that pagan godless land, what happens to them? Well they lost their fellowship with Abraham’s God, and they became you might say, mortgaged to the pagan, heathen Egyptians. They went into bondage, and so what’s God going to have to do? He going to buy them back. He’s going to redeem them. So that’s the whole story of the Book of Exodus, how that God instituting first and foremost the night of the Passover, the shedding of the blood of the Passover lamb. The placing of the blood on the door post, it had to start with that.

But as you move through the account of Israel moving out of Egypt after the blood has been applied, then what did Israel have to do? They had to move out, and God led them through the man Moses, and they come to the shores of the Red Sea, and they’re trapped, but what does God do? Oh, He redeems them with His power by opening the Red Sea, and they come through on dry ground, and as a result, they’re bought back by the power of God, by the Passover blood, out of Egypt and unto God’s own self.

16 - Les Feldick Bible Study Lesson 1 - Part 4 - Book 2 - Adam and Eve’s Faith and Salvation

16: Lesson 1 Part 4 Book 2 – Adam and Eve’s Faith and Salvation: Genesis 3:14-24

Through the Bible with Les Feldick

LESSON 1 * PART 4 * BOOK 2

Adam & Eve’s Faith and Salvation

Genesis 3:14-24

Now let’s go back to the Book of Genesis as we’ve been out of it now for the past 3 lessons, so let’s pick up where we left off in chapter 3 with the account of when Adam sinned. In verse 14 and 15 we have what I call a parenthetical statement and we’ll just touch on it briefly then we’ll probably come back to it at a later date.

Genesis 3:14

“And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, (in other words, he had tempted and caused Eve to fall, which in turn led to Adam’s fall) thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field, upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life.”

Now verse 15, and this is one of the primary verses in the book of Genesis. This is also the very first prophecy, if I may call it that, of the coming of the Redeemer. Now I left the word on the board from last week specifically so we wouldn’t miss it, that the redeemer concept is begun right here in chapter 3 and verse 15, and what is it? Where God speaking to Satan says:

Genesis 3:15

I will put enmity between thee and the woman, (because she was the one that was tempted first, and here’s the important part) and between thy seed and her seed; it (the seed of the woman) shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”

Now a lot of people just read that verse and they don’t even know what they are reading or what’s it really talking about? God is going to put an enmity between the forces of Satan and all the powers of darkness and the seed of the woman. Now who is the seed of the woman? Well, we’ve got to take it from Scripture so let’s turn back again to Galatians and as I’ve said so often in my classes, what I say doesn’t really hold that much water. But if we can show that it’s what the Word says, and oh how I want people to learn to just study the Word. Not to just read it casually, but to study it, and then these things get so exciting. Now Galatians chapter 3.

Galatians 3:16

“Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, (plural) as of many, but as of one. (singular) And to thy seed, which is Christ.”

So according to the Bible the seed of the woman is Christ. Now, like I said, we’re not going to take time in this session, but we’ll be coming back to this subject and following the Seed of the woman, and why that term is used concerning Christ.

Now looking back at Genesis at verse 15 again, there’s going to be a running enmity, this battle between the forces of Satan and the Christ. Now you get a little glimpse of that as you come up through the Old Testament. Every thing that God put in place to bring about the coming of the Messiah, Satan did everything to destroy and disrupt. Now, right off the bat, you come into the line of Cain and Abel. Abel is the one who is in the line of the seed of the woman. What does Satan prompt? Cain to murder him. I imagine Satan thought he’d now already won it. But you see, God in His Sovereignty came back with a replacement for Abel in the man, Seth.

You come on up into Israel’s secular history as a nation, and it was to be through the nation of Israel that the Seed of the woman would come. And how many time did Satan almost succeed in destroying the nation of Israel. Oh he came so close, but the Sovereign God made sure that he didn’t succeed. Then you come to the birth of Christ, and when the wise men went to King Herod inquiring the whereabouts of the One that had been born King of Jews, what does Herod immediately do? Out of jealously and envy put out a decree to put to death all the Jew baby boys under the age of two. Well it wasn’t just Herod, but rather the Satanic effort again to destroy the Seed of the woman. So beware of that as you study your Bible, that the powers of Satan are constantly hindering the work of God, but also remember that God foretold that it would be that way.

Then you go a little further, and God actually foretells the crucifixion, not as crucifixion itself, but rather by the language He’s referring to it in verse 15.

Genesis 3:15b

“…it (the Seed of the woman) shall bruise thy head, and thou (Satan) shall bruise his heel.”

Now when did all that take place? At Calvary! At the cross Satan was defeated, and remember there’s only one way you can put a serpent to death, and that is you attack the head. So that is why that kind of language is used. Christ literally defeated Satan at the cross. He bruised the head of the serpent, but Satan got his licks in also, by bruising the heel of Christ, by causing his suffering, and all he went through there at the cross.

 

Now let’s go on into the following verses because I want to come on to verse 20 as soon as possible. In verse 16 on down we have the curse that was brought on the scene when Adam ate. Even as we speak today the world is in turmoil over the middle east, and it’s been that way since the beginning of the 6000 years of human history. War, pestilences, catastrophes, and enmity between individuals, nations, and family members. Why? The curse. There’s sickness, and disease, and why? The curse. Every thing that is connected with the world’s problems, all come back to the curse, and you can’t escape it!

As someone has put it, “When Adam was created, he was human, but the moment Adam sinned the human race became in-human.” Now that’s not original with me, but the moment I read that someplace in the past, I thought, isn’t that exactly the way it is? Can you think of a single specie in all of God’s creation that will torture members of it’s own specie like man will with man? My when you read of some of the things that man invent to torture his fellow human shows mankind is in-human. Man is a sinful creature, and is so prone to think up things that will hurt the other individual, and it’s all because of the curse, because of sin. Now let’s begin with verse 16.

Genesis 3:16a

“Unto the woman (we know now as Eve) he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children;…”

Do you realize that’s the reason a woman goes through all the birth pains in delivery? That’s not the way God intended it originally, it’s all part of the curse. This is what sin brought in.

Also remember way back in chapter 2, when I said, God looked at all his creation and He had charged the creation with all the energy that it needed, and that became the first law of thermodynamic, do you remember that? The definition of thermodynamic is “there is nothing now being created or destroyed.” Now with sin coming into the picture, and the curse on the scene, the second law of thermodynamic became operative. And do you know what that is? “Even though there is nothing being created nor destroyed, yet everything is constantly going into a less useable state.”

The best way I can describe that is, say you have a beautiful home, and every thing about this home is tip top. Then you decide to leave for a town for a year, and don’t leave anyone in charge to watch over your property, you lock the door and leave. What do you think your beautiful property is going to be like 12 months later, will it be better or worse? Worse! Something is going to happen in that 12 month period. A wind storm will blow off some shingles, a hail storm may break some windows, something is always going to make that house deteriorate. The scientific word of course is entropy. Everything is constantly moving into a less useable state.

Another for instance is, you take a tree that may have taken nature 100 years to grow. It has taken sunlight, rain, and the nutrients from the ground to grow that tree. The tree is cut down and is put it into our fireplace. You burn that tree to the place where’s there nothing left but the ashes. Now in our common everyday thinking, that tree is destroyed. But really it isn’t. Every part of that tree is still in the universe, including the heat that went up the chimney, because heat is energy. The ashes that are left are all part of that which came from the earth and sun to begin with, so that tree was just put in a less useable state.

Gasoline is another example. You fill up your car tank with gasoline, and we think we burn that gasoline up. No we don’t. We merely put it in a less useable state. It goes up into the atmosphere as heat, it creates energy to move our car down the road, and that all part and parcel then of that second law of thermodynamic that everything is constantly going into a less useable state.

Now that should tell us that sooner or later everything is going to run out of steam. But God in His Sovereign Grace has so programmed it that we’re not going to run out and things are going to fall apart, because God has set everything in place so there is enough to take it to the end of HIS program. Now that’s all part of the CURSE!

Now let’s read on in verse 17.

Genesis 3:17-18

“And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it; cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life. 18. Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shall eat the herb of the field;”

This is all a result of the curse. Before Adam sinned there were no thorns, and briars, and such. Everything was perfect! But when sin came in the curse just literally ruined everything. Remember everything in this world that is a problem, goes all the way back to the curse, and it will never end until the curse is lifted, and of course it will be, we think one day very soon, at the return of Christ.

Now looking at verse 19.

Genesis 3:19a

“In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread,…”

As long as man lives he’s going to have to work for his living. Iris and I have often talked about, what would our economy be like if people didn’t have to eat? Have you ever thought of that? Have you ever thought of all the jobs, and industries that are all in place simply because mankind has to eat? Just think of all the things that are connected with our having to eat. I mean it’s just mind boggling, but here’s where it started. Man wouldn’t have had to have all that, but yet it had to come about, so our whole economy is structured on the fact that man has to work, and man has to eat:

Genesis 3:19b

“…till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.”

Now then verse 20 is an interesting verse. But again I’m afraid too many people don’t stop and think of what it says. I don’t know how long Adam and Eve were in the Garden of Eden, because the Bible doesn’t tells, so I wouldn’t have the slightest idea. But however long they were in the Garden, Adam never had a name for his wife. She was called the Woman! But now you see after sin entered, and after the curse has came down, the woman is named.

Genesis 3:20

“And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.”

Now all Adam has been told from the Scriptural account is, “in the day he would eat of that tree, he would surely die.” But now Adam comes back and names his wife, Eve, which meant the mother of all living. Now what does Adam understand? That even though he has sinned, and lost fellowship with God, God must have told him something that he believed, and what was it? That he’s going to live, and have children, and the whole human race is going to come from him and his wife Eve. Now you have to study that and really think about it to get the whole picture. What’s really involved here is, God told Adam that this is the way it would be, and what did Adam do? He believed it.

So here in verse 20 is the first instance of FAITH, which is taking God at his Word. By faith Adam believed what God said concerning him and the woman, so he named her “the mother of all living.” Now then Adam’s faith promoted God to do something. Just like we saw with our “circles” the last few lessons, that when the Spirit of God prompted us to believe, then God moved in on our behalf and does everything that needs to be done for us to have eternal life. And God does the same thing back here with Adam! Adam shows that particle of faith that he believed what God said, and God moves in and does what needs to be done in verse 21. Keep in mind also that Hebrews chapter 9 says:

Hebrews 9:22

“…and without shedding of blood is no remission.”

So there had to be a sacrifice for Adam and Eve’s sin. In the Old Testament animal sacrifices are merely a foretelling, a picture of that supreme sacrifice that was to come in Christ Himself. So right here with Adam and Eve God institutes animal sacrifice in verse 21. And the animal sacrifices would continue until the perfect sacrifices gave His life one the cross.

Genesis 3:21

“Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make (Adam and Eve didn’t do this, but rather the LORD God make) coats of skins, and clothed them.”

God somehow or other killed the animals, and the blood was shed. You have to study Scripture in order to comprehend the language here, and we’ll look at that in just a moment. But it says:

Genesis 3:21b

“…the LORD God made coats of skins, (that covered their physical nakedness. But then God did something else) and clothed them.”

Now to get a better understanding of “and He clothed them” let’s go look at the Book of Isaiah chapter 61. I’m afraid too many people think that when they read verse 21, that it just meant, “Well he gave them skins and hides for them to make some kind of a physical covering, but oh it was so much more than that.” Now verse 10 should tell us something.

Isaiah 61:10

“I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he (God) hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, (isn’t that beautiful?) he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, (whose righteousness? God’s righteousness!) as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.”

Now that’s what God has done for you and I as He did for Adam and Eve. Now let’s go back for a moment to Romans chapter 3, where we were in the last lesson. We looked at the verse last week, but I didn’t make this point because it wasn’t the appropriate time, but now we can. We’ll start with verse 21, but verse 22 is the one we want to compare with Isaiah chapter 61. Now remember what Isaiah said. “Thou hast clothed me with the garments of salvation.”

Romans 3:21-22

“But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, (or brought into the spot light) being witnessed by the law and the prophets; (that’s all been building to bring us to this point in time) 22. Even the righteousness of God which is by faith (or the faithfulness) of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe;…”

Isn’t that beautiful? Oh the righteousness of God clothes us, like the young man decked at his wedding or like the Bride decked for her wedding there in Isaiah 61:10, So the righteousness of God is placed upon us, and as I said before so that God doesn’t see you and I, but rather God sees in us as believers the righteousness of Christ that covers us. And how do we get that beautiful covering here in the Church Age? By believing Paul’s beautiful Gospel! (I Corinthians 15:1-4 & Romans 10:9-10)

Now look at that verse because I’m going to put things in there that everybody else thinks belong in there, but it’s just not here.

This righteousness comes upon all them that keep the Ten Commandments. See it doesn’t say that. This righteousness comes upon all them that repents and are baptized. It doesn’t say that either. This righteousness comes upon all them that join a Church. It doesn’t say any of those things. Do you see what I’m driving at? We have to understand as much as what the Bible does not say, as what it says. All these things that I’ve just used is not in Paul’s Gospel or his teachings, and also remember Paul tells us that everyone is going to be judged by his Gospel. (Romans 2:16) So just leave the Word as it sets. This righteousness comes how? When we believe. Believe what? The Gospel. And when we believe the Gospel then everything else falls into place.

Oh, we can’t believe all the things that are in Scripture unless you’re a believer. Well, while we’re in the New Testament let me just show you what I’m talking about. Turn over just a few pages to I Corinthians chapter 2. Paul has been rehearsing all through the first 12 verses of this chapter, how that he wasn’t something special, or some great orator that got their attention. But how did he get to where he was? Let’s look at verse 13 & 14.

I Corinthians 2:13-14

“Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14. But the natural man (that’s why I’m glad I’ve taught the circles. You should be able to start seeing what we’re talking about. Who is that natural man, that only body and soul? The natural man is the one who is spiritually dead. He can’t comprehend the things of God. He is spiritually dead.) receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness unto him, neither can he know them, (Why?) because they are spiritually discerned.”

A lot of times if I have unbelievers come into my class, I’ll just simply, without pointing them out cause we don’t know who is or who isn’t, just make a blanket statement: “If you don’t know the Lord, you’re not going to understand everything that I’m teaching. It’s impossible. It’s just going to go over your head.” But, oh, I’ve had so many people who knew nothing of the things of God, but as soon as they became believers what happened? They could just see the whole thing!! And they could question nothing. I’ve had so many, especially men, come after class and say, “You know it’s just like you turned on a 300 watt bulb tonight.” No, I didn’t. That’s the Spirit’s work.

I just show what the Bible says. I think I spend half my time just reading to people and they will see things as I read that they never saw before. It’s not me, it’s the Spirit at work. That’s what we have to understand. Now let’s come back to Genesis chapter 3. We’ll wind it up now so that we’ll be ready for chapter 4. I’m not going to get to the word “Redeemer” even this time. We’re going to have to leave it up there for the next time. Let’s look at chapter 3 and verse 22. God has now restored Adam and Eve to fellowship by virtue of his faith and the animal sacrifice.

Genesis 3:22

“And the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil; and now, lest he put forth his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat and live forever:”

Do you realize how that leaves you hanging? There’s no period there. The English has a colon and Hebrew has a punctuation that says, “now you just try to imagine what it would be like.” And so that’s where you’re left. What if Adam would have been able to partake of the tree of life and live forever in this body of sin? That would have been awful. Now verse 23.

Genesis 3:23

“Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. 24. He drove out the man and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.”

And now we’re going to pick it up next week with Adam and Eve out of the garden. It’s all over so far as they’re concerned in that beautiful setting.

15 - Les Feldick Bible Study Lesson 1 - Part 3 - Book 2 - Adam and Eve’s Faith and Salvation

15: Lesson 1 Part 3 Book 2 – Adam and Eve’s Faith and Salvation: Genesis 3:14-24

Through the Bible with Les Feldick

LESSON 1 * PART 3 * BOOK 2

Adam and Eve’s Faith and Salvation

Genesis 3:14-24

Now let’s pick up where we left off last lesson in Ephesians chapter 4, and we’re still dealing with that old sin nature. We’ve left our circles on the board so that we can make a quick review. Remember when we’re born as sons of Adam then we’re nothing more than body and soul. Also remember that the soul is a sin nature, and something has to happen to it in order to get us into a relationship with God.

Now I just had a thought and the word Redeemer came to mind, and if we have time in this lesson, we’ll talk about the Redeemer concept because after all to be redeemed means to be bought back. Well if we’re bought back it also means that something was lost along the way, and we’ll try to look at that in a few moments.

But for right now let’s go back to where we left off, how that as sons of Adam we recognize that we’re sinners according to Romans 3:23

Romans 3:23

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”

We’ve all sinned, and we’ve all come short because we’re born of Adam. And now the Holy Spirit has somehow or other, and it’s hard to explain it, but somehow the Holy Spirit opens our understanding so that we can believe that Christ literally, physically, as well as spiritually, died the death that we deserved. In other words Christ took our place on that cross, and we call that substitution. He died in my place! And then in the last lesson we saw back in Romans chapter 6, how He reckons our old Adam now as crucified. That’s the only thing you can do to deal with the old Adam, is to put him to death, and that’s the way God sees our old Adam after salvation.

Then Paul can go on and teach throughout the Book of Romans that now since the old Adam is dead, we don’t have to let him rule and reign in our lives, because now we reckon him dead. Now let’s go ahead and look at Ephesians chapter 4, and come in again to those verses we looked at last lesson.

Ephesians 4:22-24

“That ye put off concerning the former conversation (or manner of living) the old man, (that old Adam) which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; 23. And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; 24. And that ye put on the new man, (not the old Adam, we’re going to do him out of the way, but the new man) which after God (moves in) is created in righteousness and true holiness.”

When God moves in a new part of us in created in righteousness and true holiness. When that happens you see, Paul can continue to instruct us. What’s going to be part and parcel of the change of our living? Well we’re going to put aside all the things before was rather commonplace, they’re just natural and we won’t take time here to read them in the next verses, you can do that at your own leisure.

Now if you will again come back to Romans chapter 3. You’ll notice that a lot of these references with regard to what God does in salvation come from the Book of Romans. And again the Holy Spirit was so careful in even the alignment of our New Testament books. I’m afraid a lot of people don’t realize that the Book of Romans was actually written after Galatians, and I and II Thessalonians. And yet, when the Church leaders of the years 300 and something, came together and put our New Testament together, the Holy Spirit was so evident that He puts the Book of Romans right after the Book of Acts instead of Thessalonians or Galatians or one of his earlier letters. There is a reason for it and that is because the Book of Romans is so basic in these salvation teachings. And when we come out of the Book of Acts and here we hit this Book of Romans and all the foundation is laid in this letter. And then, as we have been doing, we put all the pieces together from our other epistles. Now let’s go back to Romans chapter 3 and start at verse 20.

Romans 3:20

“Therefore by the deeds of the law (when we see the word “law” what’s the first thing you normally think of? Well, the Ten Commandments. The Law per se was that whole concept of the Law of Moses. It was ritual, their worship, their sacrifices. It was the Ten Commands, the moral law, but it was also the civil law. How neighbor would deal with neighbor and so forth. But here, when Paul refers to the law, he’s talking about the moral law, the Ten Commandments) there shall no flesh be justified in his sight; (why? Because the law only has one purpose in Scripture, and it is what?) for by the law is the knowledge of (not of God but of what?) sin.”

Now when God gave the Ten Commandments, they just literally showed the old Adam how he really operated. And that was all the Law could do. All the Law could do was show man that he was bent to take God’s name in vain, to worship idols, to be envious, to want to steal, he is bent to all these things the Law prohibits. And so all the Law was intended to do was to show man his sin. Now let’s go to verse 21.

Romans 3:21a

“But now….”

What’s the now? We’re not under the Law of Moses. Let’s go over to chapter 6 because there are so many folks that don’t understand the difference between Law and Grace. And there’s all the difference in the world because the Bible delineates it. And here we come now in Romans chapter 6 and verse 14 and what does he say?

Romans 6:14

“For sin (the old Adam) shall not have dominion over you: (he isn’t going to rule you anymore. He’s dead.) for ye are not under the law, but under grace.” (Do you see the difference? And then he comes right back and repeats the statement in verse 15.)

Romans 6:15

“What then? shall we sin (go ahead and do as we please?) because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.”

Don’t think such a thing. Grace doesn’t give us license but on the other hand, we’re not under that demand of the Law: Thou shalt, and ‘Thou shalt not’ because that’s a thing of the past. Now come back to chapter 3:21.

Romans 3:21

“But now (since we’re not longer under the Law) the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, (oh people rebel at that. I don’t know how many say, ‘yeah but I’m keeping the Ten Commandments. But God isn’t demanding that we keep the Ten Commandments per se. We have to recognize that now it’s a whole different set of circumstances) being witnessed by the law and the prophets;”

See nothing flies in the face of that which has g one before. It all fits in it’s proper unfolding of the Word of God. Now look at verse 22.

Romans 3:22

“Even the righteousness of God which is by (not by Law keeping, and being religious, but by) faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe, for there is no difference:”

Why isn’t there any difference? Because we’ve all sinned. The Law keeping Jew was a sinner, and the non law keeping Gentile were sinners. So we have to recognize that it’s only by faith in Paul’s Gospel that we get to the place that we believe that Christ did indeed died for sins, and rose from the dead.

Now I want to come back again to verse 22 in light of when we go back to the Book of Genesis and we’ll be doing that in the next lesson. But when get back there and talk about Adam being covered by the skins of those animals that were no doubt sacrificed, we’re going to see that it’s fulfilled right here in this verse. Because we are clothed not with animal hides, but rather “Even the righteousness of God.”

In other words again, coming back to our circles. Just as soon as the old sin nature is crucified with Christ, the old Adam is put to death, he’s defeated, and God puts opposite him within each believer a new nature. God literally clothes us now with the righteousness of Christ, so that when God looks on us as a believer tonight, He doesn’t really see me, and He doesn’t really see you, but rather God see’ Christ! And so that’s what it means to be in Christ. We’re just literally clothed with Him. I’m glad God doesn’t see me, because I’m not worth looking at from that point of view. But He doesn’t see me. He sees the Lord Jesus Christ.

Now let’s go back to chapter 6. Now you’ll find that after verse 6 that we looked at some time ago that our old man is crucified with him, and has been put to death. Now verse 7.

Romans 6:7

” For he that is dead is freed from sin.” (The old Adam)

There’s only one way we can get rid of old Adam. He is going to constantly be a sin nature until we reckon him crucified. Now he’s dead and if he is dead, what can happen to the rest of us. It can take over. The new nature comes in and the Holy Spirit is going to take residence with our spirit. That’s the way Paul puts it. Now we’ve got this whole set of circumstances from God’s side, now beginning to put it’s influence on the body and what’s it going to do to our life? Totally change it. And as Paul says, the things we once loved, we now hate. And the things we once hated, now we love. It’s a whole new ballgame, if I may use that expression. Now, let’s go on to verse 8.

Romans 6:8

“Now if we be dead (the old sin nature has been put to death) with Christ, we believe that we shall also (what’s the next word?) live with him.”

What has happened? We have been crucified with Christ. We have died with Him, but now let’s go one step further. When they took Christ from the cross what did they do with Him? Where was He placed? In the grave. He was buried. Then after the third day and third night, what happened? He rose from the dead. Now we’ve got to carry this identification all the way through. If we were with Christ on the cross and He died my death, then when they put the body in the grave and He was buried, who else was in the grave? You and I!! Here we are, in the grave, but Christ didn’t stay in the grave. He rose from the dead and now since He rose from the dead, what can He impart to us? New life!

Okay, let’s follow this concept if you will, to John’s Gospel, chapter 12. Let’s go down to verse 20. Now, get the setting. We’re in Christ’s earthly ministry, but we’re getting right close to the crucifixion. It’s probably just a matter of days away. And there was a great crowd gathering for the Feast of Passover. And you remember the Jews came from every corner of the Roman Empire to these feast days. And here this massive crowd of Jews have been coming from all over the then known world – the Roman Empire – for the Feast of Passover. They are meeting there in that temple complex. And no doubt many Jews had Gentile friends whom they would bring along. After all that was quite a trip to go all the way back to Jerusalem. But whatever the consequences, let’s go down to verse 20 of chapter and we see the account.

John 12:20-21

“And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast: (Gentiles). 21. The same (the Greeks) came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, (in other words, one of the twelve) and desired him saying, Sir, we would see Jesus.”

This is interesting and without some in depth teaching earlier you won’t understand it, but nevertheless, do you remember when the Canaanite woman came to Jesus and wanted Him to perform a miracle on her daughter? And what did the disciples say? “Send her away. She is a pest.” And Jesus made no comment and finally after much begging from the woman, He finally condescended to her and granted her wish. But you see, on first glance He didn’t because she was a Gentile. And He told her that.

Matthew 15:24b

“I have not sent but to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”

Matthew 15:26b

“It is not meet (right) to take the children’s (of Israel) bread, and cast it to dogs. (Gentiles)

And you remember she came back and said, ‘Oh, true Lord, but don’t the dogs eat the crumbs?’ She said, ‘Can’t I at least have a crumb?’ You have basically the same thing here. These Gentiles tell Philip, “We would see Jesus.” But Philip remembers all these things that have been taking place and he says, “I don’t know now, what am I going to do?” And so he goes to Andrew in verse 22 and what does he tell him? “Hey there are Gentiles that want to see Jesus.” And Andrew doesn’t know what to do with it. So it’s just like a hot potato and so they both go in and tell Him. So they go in, and I say go in, because I think that all this took place out there on the pavement in that great crowd and Jesus was very likely in one of the other temple buildings. And so now they have found Jesus and they say, “Lord there’s some Greeks that want to talk to you. Now, here’s what I was driving at in verse 23.

John 12:23-24

“And Jesus answered the, saying, The hour is come, that Son of man should be glorified. 24. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn (or kernel) of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone; but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.”

What was Jesus referring to? His coming, death, burial and resurrection. And any of you that garden, every time you plant seed in your garden, or a farmer plants his crop, he is rehearsing the whole plan of salvation over and over again. Why? Because you see, as a seed is put into the ground, and it waits for the sunshine and the rain, unless it’s put into the ground, it will never reproduce. You could leave it in the granary or the seed packed and it will never reproduce. But as soon as it’s buried in the soil, then what happens? New life!!! Jesus was referring to His coming death, burial and resurrection. And to these Greeks, these Gentiles, He could not be an object of faith until that had taken place. For the reason is that now in our Gospel, this becomes our salvation. The fact that Christ died in my place. I’ve identified with Him. As He was buried, you and I were buried. But we didn’t stay in the earth, we didn’t stay in the grave. As He rose from the dead we rose from the dead and we have new life.

Now let’s go back again to Romans chapter 8, following up this whole concept, let’s go to verse 10.

Romans 8:10-11

“And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; (the old Adam) but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11. But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from thedead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken (make alive) your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.”

Now, isn’t it all coming together? I hope it is. All of it comes together in this complete plan of redemption. We’ll look at that in the next half hour. But, let’s review it again. The Holy Spirit somehow makes entrance into our thought processes and convicts us that we’re sinners, we’re sons of Adam and that the Gospel is the only remedy. Then when we begin to understand that, yes, I’m a sinner, I’m without fellowship with my Creator, but Paul’s Gospel of I Corinthians 15:1-4 is the remedy.

Then we believe that Gospel, and we identify with the death of Christ, even though it was 2000 years ago. To the Creator God, what is 2000 years? A snap of the fingers. He is just as aware of us in 1990 as He was in His own time or in the time of Adam. Time means nothing to God so don’t ever get the idea that ‘how can a death 2000 years ago have any affect on me today. So then, as He was buried, signifying complete death, then also as He was resurrected, we also are resurrected to that new life and that’s exactly what Paul is talking about. Now, let’s continue on here in Romans 8.

Romans 8:12-14

“Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh (not to live just to enjoy living) to live after the flesh. 13. For if ye live after the flesh (in other words, all you’re concerned about is the old Adam) ye shall die: (spiritually, not physically cause that’s going to happen any way.) but if ye through the Spirit (the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives) do mortify (put to death) the deeds of the body (the old Adam) ye shall live. 14. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they (might be? hope to be? No, what’s the verb?) are the sons of God.”

That’s what we call taking God at His word. He said it and we believe it, that when the Spirit of God has worked that work in us, we are the sons of God when we believe. Oh, we may not always behave like we’re His children, because any of us can fail and we can always have our weak moments, but nevertheless God is faithful. Now, come down to verse 16 and here’s where we’re going to kind of wind this up.

Romans 8:16

“The Sprit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.”

Now look at that verse carefully in the light of our diagram. The Holy Spirit beareth witness with our spirit that we are no longer a son of old Adam, but as a result of God’s plan of salvation, we are now what? We’re sons of God. Now, if we’re sons of God, look at the next verse.

Romans 8:17

“And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.”

I hope you can get a glimpse of what so many over the years have been able to see from just using these diagrams. How that our salvation is not just something that we glibly say, “Yeah, I believe it.” But oh, that we can just enter into it and experience it and know that the promises of God are ours and we place our whole eternal destiny on them, without fear, without any consternation whatsoever. The promises of God. And those promises are steadfast and they are sure and we don’t have to waver or doubt. This is all I want people to do is to study the Word.