Am I my brother’s keeper – Part 6

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CONCLUSION

SUMMATION

The main theme of this passage is worship and repentance. While we have seen all the subplots anger, murder, lying, and a severing of the relationship with God, the subplots only add to the detail of the events surrounding the disobedience and sin of Cain. Even after Cain was instructed on how to fix the problem with his offering he continued to disregard it, he decided instead to give in to that anger and disappointment that welled up inside of him and he lashed out, slaying his Continue reading “Am I my brother’s keeper – Part 6”

Am I my brother’s keeper – Part 5

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   THE REPENTANCE OF CAIN

The second half of the scripture looks at Cain’s reaction to God and God’s reaction to Cain when faced with the issue of the slaying of Abel. Cain was indignant to God and responded “am I my brother’s keeper” this was a denial of what he had done. When we look deeper into this reaction we see a similar action with Adam toward God in the denial of wrongdoing by eating the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden, Adam tries to place blame on Eve alone. Adam committed a sin against God. Cain on the other hand also lied to God to attempt to remove the blame from him to his Continue reading “Am I my brother’s keeper – Part 5”

Am I my brother’s keeper – Part 4

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WORSHIP PRACTICES OF CAIN AND ABEL

Cain and Abel both had tasks assigned to them one was to cultivate the field and one was to raise flocks of animals. It appears that Cain being the oldest son inherited the curse that was cast on Adam at the time of the expulsion from the Garden of Eden. Abel on the other hand was not pressed into working the ground as his brother was. There are several implications to these short verses on worship. It is implied that God had taught Adam and Eve as well as their family how to approach and worship Continue reading “Am I my brother’s keeper – Part 4”

Am I my brother’s keeper – Part 3

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TEXT CRITICAL NOTES

Our first text critical note comes from Genesis 4:1. Is has to do with the use of the name Yahweh “Since Exo_6:3 seems to indicate that the name Yahweh (יְהוָה, translated LORD) was first revealed to Moses (see also Exo_3:14), it is odd to see it used in quotations in Genesis by people who lived long before Moses. This problem has been resolved in various ways: (1) Source critics  propose that Exo_6:3 is part of the “P” (or priestly) Continue reading “Am I my brother’s keeper – Part 3”

Am I my brother’s keeper – Part 2

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Literary Context   

The beginning of our text is Genesis 4:1 takes place after the expulsion from the Garden of Eden.  Adam and Eve “knew” each other and had procreated. Have both Cain and Abel. Prior to this time procreation was mentioned (Gen 1:28) but the fruit from this command had not yet come to be.  Jamieson explains “Eve said, I have gotten a man from the Lord— Continue reading “Am I my brother’s keeper – Part 2”

Am I my brother’s keeper – Part 1

AM I MY BROTHER’S KEEPER

(Genesis 4:1-16)

An exegetical writing by: Christopher Flees

TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION…………………………………………………………….    Part 1

            ORIENTATION AND CONTEXT……………………………….      Part 1

                        SIGNIFICANCE OF TEXT………………………………      Part 1

                        HISTORICAL AND SOCIAL SETTING…………………   Part 1

                        LITERARY CONTEXT……………………………………     Part 2

PRESENTATION OF TEXT……………………………………..      Part 2 Continue reading “Am I my brother’s keeper – Part 1”

The Beginning of the Christian Church – Part 6

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APPLICATION

In the beginning of this passage, we see the genuine concern that all the believers in the early church had for one another. Today, it appears that many people in our society could care less about the person next door to them let alone down the street or in the community at large. The early church is the model in which we derive our church from today, but it appears in some cases that we forgot the lessons that are founders based everything they did on, that is caring for the physical as well as the Continue reading “The Beginning of the Christian Church – Part 6”

The Beginning of the Christian Church – Part 5

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The deception of Ananias and Sapphira

In contrast to the example of Barnabas were Ananias and Sapphira. This married couple evidentially had participated in the Christian community enjoying the benefits of being in fellowship with their fellow Christians. When the time came and the need arose for them to sell their property, they withheld a portion of the sale and lied about what they had received from the sale of the property. Ananias and Sapphira were not required to give any of the sales to the church; however, they did with a lie. Ananias and Sapphira were, in effect, trying to rob God. When Ananias had thrown the money at Peter’s feet, Peter proclaimed that “Satan had filled their hearts (5:3)” (NASB). Continue reading “The Beginning of the Christian Church – Part 5”

The Beginning of the Christian Church – Part 4

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 The Generosity of the Believers

The opening verse of the passage states that “everything was held in common (32)”NASB. This was not a political philosophy but rather the believer’s commitment to one another. Luke professes that no one in the community kept ownership of their property but had given it freely for the common good. The apostles “advocated voluntary sharing of possessions, not the abolition of ownership” (Kistemaker, 173). The Apostles encouraged but did not demand, the sharing of property. The notion that Continue reading “The Beginning of the Christian Church – Part 4”

The Beginning of the Christian Church – Part 3

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PRESENTATION OF TEXT

Scripture Passage

Act 4:31b-5:12 they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness and the congregation of those who believed were of one heart and soul; and not one of them claimed that anything belonging to him was his own, but all things were common property to them.  (33)  And with great power the apostles were giving testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and abundant grace was upon them all.  (34)  For there was not a needy person among them, for all who were owners of land or houses would sell them and bring the proceeds of the sales  (35)  and lay them at the apostles’ feet, and they would be distributed to each as any had need.  (36)  Now Joseph, a Levite of Cyprian Continue reading “The Beginning of the Christian Church – Part 3”