11: Foundational Frameworks Part 11 (August 20, 2017)

FOUNDATIONAL FRAMEWORK. PART 11

Foundational Truths: The Bible is God’s self-revelation.
God is the Eternal, Sovereign Creator; all that He creates is good.
Man is a responsible agent, held to a moral standard.
Sin originates within a person, separating us from God.

Every problem has a communication breakdown at its core.

God has communicated His standard in the Atonement.
The problem is SIN. Adam’s solution was to hide, and then hide some more. Hiding is never the solution to sin. Sin must be dealt with accordingly in the direction of the One offended by it.
YHWH, though offended, shows how to sufficiently handle sin by bringing forth the blood of two animals. Sin requires Atonement. 

There are 3 points that God makes about the nature of atonement:
Substitution- Something living dies in place of the guilty party.
Propitiation- The offering satisfies the demands of a holy God.
Forgiveness- The debt has been met and is no longer an issue.

Atonement is always by blood. The blood is the Life (Gen 9:4; Lev 17:11, 14; Deut 12:23).

YHWH is communicating atonement to all of civilization by sacrifice. It is the only means whereby one can be reconciled to God. YHWH will not compromise His standards.

While the “blood of bulls and goats can never take away sins” because they must be continually offered (Heb 10:4), it does not change the fact that this is what God required at the time.

This has everything to do with Cain and Abel.
Remember, we are now in the Dispensation of Conscience.

Genesis 4

Genesis 4:1-4a. The 1st offspring of Eve is reflective of the promise made in Genesis 3:15. Eve “has assumed that Cain, her first child, was the promised God-Man. That she quickly realized her mistake is evident at the birth of Cain’s brother whom she names Abel, meaning ‘vanity.’” It seems that God communicated the requirement of an offering because both brothers bring something. The difference between their offerings is in the details! The “fat portions” are the “choice parts” -See Leviticus 3:16-17.

Genesis 4:4b-7. There has been much debate as to why Abel’s offering was acceptable and Cain’s was not. We find 2 reasons:
1. Abel’s offering was in keeping with God’s pattern for atonement in Genesis 3:21. God is communicating! Death is the price for sin. Blood (life) is the only means of sufficient payment.
2. Hebrews 11:4 tells us that Abel submitted his offering “by faith.” This shows us his conviction about the offering. Faith is “believing what God has said to be true.”

YHWH speaks as a loving Father to Cain, encouraging obedience. Cain is silent. YHWH warns of danger.

Genesis 4:8-16. Cain kills his brother. 1 John 3:11-12 reveals why. When asked, Cain shirks responsibility. The “life-blood” of Abel testifies to Cain’s guilt before YHWH. Cain is banished from God’s presence and from his family. Fearing for his life, God graciously marks him as untouchable with a sign.

Genesis 4:17-24. Cain’s choice had far-reaching consequences. His offspring became inventors of instruments and highly skilled in working with metals, but they also became increasingly violent, rejecting their conscience and establishing a legacy of evil. Lamech violates God’s marriage design, kills a man, and boasts about his notorious nature. Cain’s descendants were technically proficient but morally defunct.

Genesis 4:25-26. Adam & Eve are blessed with Seth, whose line shows that humanity had not totally rid themselves of reverencing YHWH. 

The phrase, “call upon the name of the LORD (YHWH)” is often used to signify a cry for deliverance out of calamity or distress. This can be seen in 2 Samuel 22:4, 7; Psalm 18:3, 6; 99:6; 118:5; Romans 10:10

Sin destroys relationships, even for years to come. It should never be regarded lightly.

Application:
-Obey God’s Word. Disregard leads to destruction.

-Our relationship with YHWH has nothing to do with others. Keep your eyes on Him.

-Anger is irrational when we have not followed His Word. Obeying Him clears the conscience and leaves a solid testimony with joy.