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PROBATION [two]

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Cain & sacrifice
Cain and Abel

If Cain had done the needful, God would have forgiven him.

(…continues from part one…)

2)            God would have forgotten about Cain’s error and would have reinstated him spiritually if he had done the needful. The needful is the solution to his sin. The word ‘sin’ is the Hebrew chaṭṭâ’âh (khat-taw-aw’): ‘sin offering’; and the word ‘lieth’ is râbats (raw-bats’): ‘to crouch (on all four legs folded, like a recumbent animal).’ Put these definitions together and God’s salvaging advice to Cain was, “If you have wronged Me, take a recumbent animal, perform a sin offering with it, and I, the LORD God, will forgive you, Cain.” What did Satan’s follower do? “And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him” (Genesis 4:8).

                Is Cain different from Lucifer, his religious leader? What would God do? He must step judicially into the matter. “And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper” (Genesis 4:9)? Idiotic devil, you are under probation; giving you younger brothers and sisters puts you in charge of their wellbeing. The spirit of contumacy having cancerously taken over your entire being, you dare, boldaciously like Lucifer, take the recusant strides towards the Almighty and ask the despicable, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” Cain’s failure, turning him into the first antichrist, is satanically irredeemable.

Abel’s sacrifice prefigured the sacrifice of Jesus

                Abel gave his good ears to the instructions of their parents. Somehow, I believe he was able to figure out what would have been the result if his parents had not committed the original sin and had remained in the Garden of Eden. He nodded to probability of being given clothes, all the way from heaven. He made up his mind to do the will of God all the time. So, when the day of reckoning approached, Abel brought to the LORD God, according to His specification. The Bible clearly records, “And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:” (Genesis 4:4). Abel’s offering caught God’s attention. The word ‘respect’, shâ‛âh (shaw-aw’) in Hebrew means: ‘to look at or to, regard, gaze at or about’; proving that both the sacrificant and the sacrificial animal received God’s approval. In the Divine hall of faith, Abel is numbered among them. The person of Abel, poles apart Cain, is one of those I call saints of the antediluvian age, as opposed to his evil older brother, an antediluvian miscreant, in fact, the father of them.

                In the days of Noah God’s probing eyes found him a just man. Through Noah’s obedience God placed the entire antediluvian world on probation. For 120 years of his life Noah went on global evangelism. Only seven souls, all of Noachian family, believed Noah’s warning. When Noah and his household entered the Ark only eight out of about two and a half million souls were saved from the great Deluge. God probed the wickedness of man’s heart (Genesis 6:1-7).  

Abraham gave his son; therefore God must give His only begotten Son

Abraham’s probation gave up Isaac, so, God gave us only begotten Son.

                Looking for a man to establish His righteousness on earth God chose a dweller of Ur, Abraham, the first of the three patriarchs of Israel, who must go through trials. Thousands and thousands of the earth population get pregnant every month. Not so after decades of his marriage to Sarah. Even when they eventually gave birth to the promised Isaac, God came to Abraham in Genesis 22:2, “And he said, Take now thy son, thine only [son] Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.” The fear Abraham had for the Creator was an awesome respect; Abraham did not even as much as question the LORD’s request. Abraham’s probation earned him the title of ‘the friend of God’. If Abraham could release his one and only Isaac for this sacrifice, God should have the legality to decide to love the world so compassionately to give His only begotten Son to a dying world. Amen! 

                Had Jacob not been chosen even from his gestational days in the matrix of Rebekah? Genesis 25:23 “And the LORD said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.” Also Pauline exegesis taught us in Romans 9:10-12 10) “And not only this; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, even by our father Isaac; 11) (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;) 12) It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger.”

Jacob proved to have learned from his probation. He acknowledged the evil associated with idolatry.

The walk of Christians is the work for God (Romans 10:15)

                Getting born again is a conscious effort on the part of an individual. Get born again. You were born in sin. Say this sinner’s prayer.

“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!” 

(…to be continued…)

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My name is H.O. Ojewale. I was born in 17th March, 1955, in the then Gold Coast, now Ghana, Greater Accra. My parents are Nigerians. I am married with three wonderful children.

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