How Envy Kills (The story of Cain & Abel) - John Van Sloten

September 21, 2014

View Related

low bandwidth audio mp3 high bandwidth audio mp3 mobile video of sermon full video of sermon nhc on you tube nhc on vimeo.com
Media @ New Hope CalgaryWe begin our (once a month) sermon series on Old Testament bible stories. This morning’s message will focus on the murderous tale of Cain and Abel (rated ‘R’ for violence).

“Adam made love to his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain. She said, “With the help of the Lord I have brought forth a man.” Later she gave birth to his brother Abel.

Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord. And Abel also brought an offering—fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast.

Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”

Now Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go out to the field.”[d] While they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.
Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?”

“I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?”
The Lord said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground. Now you are under a curse and driven from the ground, which opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. When you work the ground, it will no longer yield its crops for you. You will be a restless wanderer on the earth.”

Cain said to the Lord, “My punishment is more than I can bear. Today you are driving me from the land, and I will be hidden from your presence; I will be a restless wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me.”
But the Lord said to him, “Not so; anyone who kills Cain will suffer vengeance seven times over.” Then the Lord put a mark on Cain so that no one who found him would kill him. So Cain went out from the Lord’s presence and lived in the land of Nod, east of Eden.”
Genesis 4:15, NIV

“You see something, want it, feel that it is only sensible and right that it belong to you and not the person who has it. Once the injustice of the other person having it is established – this usually doesn’t take too long – his unworthiness must be emphasized, at least in your own mind. Your greater worthiness goes without saying. His loathsomeness doesn’t; it may be said over and over, to yourself. Whatever the object of inordinate desire – an item of art or luxury, the friendship or love of another person, the prestige that goes with a position or place of prize in life – the world begins to seem out of joint, so long as he has it and you do not. The quality of your feeling in connection with it becomes obsessional. You find yourself thinking about it more than you know you ought, find it difficult to think of other things.”
Page 18-20 Joseph Epstein, ENVY, The Seven Deadly Sins (New York Public Library Lectures in Humanities)


Songs for this service, click to listen/watch.

Music

Timshel

The Maker

After All (Holy)

The Glory of it All

One



Full version via Vimeo



Full version via YouTube



submit new comment Tell us your story

Copyright Info:

Image from "The British Library of Illuminated Manuscripts".
more info...


Keywords:

Genesis 4:15,testament

Length: 23:50     Rating: PG