GENESIS 019 – LIGHT OVERCOMES THE DARKNESS

GENESIS
Genesis 4:23-26
Dec 20, 2020
Dr. Andy Woods

SERMON NOTES

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Gen. 2:23-The man said, “This is now bone of my bones, And flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman Because she was taken out of Man.”

Exod. 21:23-25-23But if there is any further injury, then you shall appoint as a penalty life for life, 24eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, 25 burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise.

Gen. 4:8-Cain told Abel his brother. And it came about when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and killed him.

Gen. 4:10-He said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to Me from the ground.

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Gen. 4:15-So the LORD said to him, “Therefore whoever kills Cain, vengeance will be taken on him sevenfold.” And

the LORD appointed a sign for Cain so that no one finding him would slay him.

Gen. 13:10-12-10 Lot lifted up his eyes and saw all the valley of the Jordan, that it was well watered everywhere—this

was before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah—like the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt as you go

to Zoar. 11So Lot chose for himself all the valley of the Jordan, and Lot journeyed eastward. Thus they separated from each other. 12Abram settled in the land of Canaan, while Lot settled in the cities of the valley, and moved his tents as far as Sodom.

2 Cor. 4:18-while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

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Ruth 4:17-22-17The neighbor women gave him a name, saying, “A son has been born to Naomi!” So they named him Obed. He is the father of Jesse, the father of David. 18Now these are the generations of Perez: to Perez was born Hezron, 19and to Hezron was born Ram, and to Ram, Amminadab, 20and to Amminadab was born Nahshon, and to Nahshon, Salmon, 21and to Salmon was born Boaz, and to Boaz, Obed, 22and to Obed was born Jesse, and to Jesse, David.

Conclusion

Num. 6:24-26-24The LORD bless you, and keep you;

25The LORD causes His face to shine on you, And be gracious to you; 26The LORD lifts up His face to you, And give you peace.’

GENESIS STRUCTURE

  1. Beginning of the Human race (Gen. 1‒11)
    1. Beginning of the Hebrew race (Gen. 12‒50)
      1. Genesis 1-11 (four events)
      2. Creation (1-2)
      3. Fall (3-5)
      4. Flood (6-9)
      5. National dispersion (10-11)

Genesis 4 Outline

  • First murder (Gen 4:1-15)
  • Ungodly line of Cain (4:16-24)
  • Godly line of Seth (4:25-26)

Ungodly Line of Cain
(Gen 4:16-24)

  1. Evil line that will not bring forth the Messiah (Gen 3:15)
    1. Continuation of Cain’s line (4:16-18)
    2. Immorality (4:19)
    3. Technological but not spiritual advancement (4:20-22)
    4. More immorality (4:23a)
    5. Violence  (4:23b)
    6. Humanistic (4:24)

For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh. 

Genesis 2:24

“The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, so as not to worship demons, and the idols of gold and of silver and of brass and of stone and of wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk; 21 and they did not repent of their murders nor of their sorceries (pharmakeia) nor of their immorality nor of their thefts.”

Revelation 9:20-21

Ungodly Line of Cain
(Gen 4:16-24)

  1. Evil line that will not bring forth the Messiah (Gen 3:15)
    1. Continuation of Cain’s line (4:16-18)
    2. Immorality (4:19)
    3. Technological but not spiritual advancement (4:20-22)
    4. More immorality (4:23a)
    5. Violence  (4:23b)
    6. Humanistic (4:24)

“Now the earth was corrupt in the sight of God, and the earth was filled with violence.”

Genesis 6:11

“The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, so as not to worship demons, and the idols of gold and of silver and of brass and of stone and of wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk; 21 and they did not repent of their murders nor of their sorceries (pharmakeia) nor of their immorality nor of their thefts.”

Revelation 9:20-21

Ungodly Line of Cain
(Gen 4:16-24)

  1. Evil line that will not bring forth the Messiah (Gen 3:15)
  2. Continuation of Cain’s line (4:16-18)
  3. Immorality (4:19)
  4. Technological but not spiritual advancement (4:20-22)
  5. More immorality (4:23a)
  6. Violence  (4:23b)
  7. Humanistic (4:24)

Provision of Protection
Genesis 4:15

  • Divine Vengeance – Gen. 4:15a
  • Protective Mark – Gen. 4:15b

Humanist Beliefs

  • The non-existence or irrelevancy of god
  • Man as the center of all things
  • The reality of evolution
  • Man as an evolved animal rather than a special creature made in the image of his creator
  • The absence of any absolute morals or values
  • Confidence in the scientific method to solve the world’s problems

Fundamental Questions
Christian Answers

  • “Who am I?” – a special creation of God
  • “Where did I come from?” – from God’s design
  • “Why am I here?” – to know and glorify God
  • “Where am I going?” – to heaven
  • “How can I get there?” – only through Jesus Christ

Fundamental Questions
Humanistic Answers

  • “Who am I?” – a biological accident
  • “Where did I come from?” – from the primordial soup
  • “Why am I here?” – to fulfill self
  • “Where am I going?” – toward a planetary new world order
  • “How can I get there?” – the scientific method

“Among the religions in this country which do not teach what would generally be considered a belief in the existence of God are Buddhism, Taoism, Ethical Culture, Secular Humanism and others” (italics added).

Torcaso v. Watkins (1961)

“Education is thus a most powerful ally of Humanism, and every public school is a school of Humanism. What can the theistic Sunday-schools, meeting for an hour once a week, and teaching only a fraction of the children, do to stem the tide of a five-day program of humanistic teaching?”

Humanist Proselytizing Charles Francis Potter, Humanism: A New Religion (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1930), 128

“And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel.”

Genesis 3:15

Ungodly Line of Cain
(Gen 4:16-24)

  • Evil line that will not bring forth the Messiah (Gen 3:15)
  • Continuation of Cain’s line (4:16-18)
  • Immorality (4:19)
  • Technological but not spiritual advancement (4:20-22)
  • More immorality (4:23a)
  • Violence  (4:23b)
  • Humanistic (4:24)

Genesis 4 Outline

  • First murder (Gen 4:1-15)
  • Ungodly line of Cain (4:16-24)
  • Godly line of Seth (4:25-26)

III.Godly Line of Seth
(Gen 4:25-26)

  • Seth’s birth (4:25)
  • Enosh’s birth (4:26a)
  • Good line (4:26b) – How God continued the messianic line despite Satan’s attempt to preempt the messianic promise of Genesis 3:15
  • Seth’s birth (4:25)
  • Enosh’s birth (4:26a)
  • Good line (4:26b) – How God continued the messianic line despite Satan’s attempt to preempt the messianic promise of Genesis 3:15

Satanic Attempts to Stop Messiah

  • Cain; Gen. 4, 1 Jn. 3:12
  • Sons of God; Gen. 6:1-4
  • Pharaoh; Ex. 1
  • Athaliah; 2 Chron. 22
  • Haman; Esther
  • Herod; Mt.2; Rev 12:4
  • Matt 4:5-7

III.Godly Line of Seth
(Gen 4:25-26)

  • Seth’s birth (4:25)
  • Enosh’s birth (4:26a)
  • Good line (4:26b) – How God continued the messianic line despite Satan’s attempt to preempt the messianic promise of Genesis 3:15

III.Godly Line of Seth
(Gen 4:25-26)

  • Seth’s birth (4:25)
  • Enosh’s birth (4:26a)
  • Good line (4:26b) – How God continued the messianic line despite Satan’s attempt to preempt the messianic promise of Genesis 3:15

Ungodly Line of Cain
(Gen 4:16-24)

  • Evil line that will not bring forth the Messiah (Gen 3:15)
  • Continuation of Cain’s line (4:16-18)
  • Immorality (4:19)
  • Technological but not spiritual advancement (4:20-22)
  • More immorality (4:23a)
  • Violence  (4:23b)
  • Humanistic (4:24)

“And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel.”

Genesis 3:15

“Thus it became imperative to Satan to get rid of Abel. Inasmuch as Cain already was controlled by a rebellious, angry attitude, it didn’t take much to prompt him to kill his brother (Gen. 4:1–8). That Satan was involved in Cain’s slaying of his brother was made evident in 1 John 3:10–12. Because of Satan’s involvement Christ stated that the devil ‘was a murderer from the beginning’ (Jn. 8:44). Thus the first murder in history was committed because of Satan’s goal to prevent the Redeemer’s coming.”

“In His war against Satan, God counteracted the murder of Abel by giving Adam and Eve another godly son named Seth (Gen. 4:25). Since this name means ‘substitute,’ it is apparent that God meant Seth to be a substitute for Abel. (H. C. Leupold, Exposition of Genesis, p. 226). The genealogies found in Genesis 5; 11:10–32; and Luke 3:23–38 reveal that God also intended the Redeemer to come through Seth’s line of descent.”

Renald Showers
What on Earth is God Doing: Satan’s Conflict with God (Bellmawr, NJ: Friends of Israel, 2003), 225.

Conclusion

Genesis 4 Outline

  • First murder (Gen 4:1-15)
  • Ungodly line of Cain (4:16-24)
  • Godly line of Seth (4:25-26)

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