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A Martyr For His Faith

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November 5, 2020
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Discover the first martyr; Abel; and how he ended up in the Hall of Faith.

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A Martyr For His Faith

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  • ♪♪♪
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  • male: By faith, I can resisttemptation.
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  • female: By faith, I receivethe strength I need.
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  • male: By faith,I can overcome sin.
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  • female: By faith,I am not afraid.
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  • male: By faith,I can be victorious.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Jesus: "Truly, I tell you,if you have faith as small
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  • as a mustard seed,you can say to this mountain,
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  • 'Move from here to there,'and it will move.
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  • Nothing will be impossiblefor you."
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: Are youan ordinary person
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  • with extraordinary faith?
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  • You should be.
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  • Hello, I'm David Jeremiah,and welcome to "Turning Point."
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  • In a nation likethe United States,
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  • founded on Christian principles,many biblical references
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  • have made their way intoour cultural conversation.
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  • For example, the story of Cainand Abel is often mentioned
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  • when discussing the contrastbetween good and evil,
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  • yet the critical part of thatstory is unknown to most people.
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  • It is the storyof two ordinary men,
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  • and one of themhad extraordinary faith,
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  • and the other did not.
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  • Our goal is to do what Abel didwhen confronted
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  • with a challenge to use bold,courageous faith to please God.
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  • With the titleof today's message,
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  • "A Martyr for His Faith,"well, it proves that
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  • there can be a price to payfor exercising great faith.
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  • You'll discover what I mean
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  • if you'll join mefor our series,
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  • "Ordinary People,Extraordinary Faith," today,
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  • right here on "Turning Point."
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  • female announcer: There isno greater expression
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  • of God's faithfulnessand power than creation itself.
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  • And there is no greater timethan now to refocus
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  • on our heavenly Father.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: When I was datingmy wife
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  • and she found out that I wasgoing to be a pastor,
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  • she broke up with me,and one of the reasons
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  • for breakin' up with me was,she wanted to travel.
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  • [congregation laughing]
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: And that's kindof funny to us now
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  • because we've beenall over the world.
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  • One of our favorite placesin all the world is London,
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  • England, and we've beenthere many times,
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  • and if we could, I thinkwe'd go back every year.
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  • It's such a historic place andso represents so many things
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  • that we've read aboutand studied about in history
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  • in the beginning of the church.
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  • One of the places that we visitwhen we go there--
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  • and we've been there, I think,three times--
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  • is the Westminster Abbey.
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  • You've probably heardabout that.
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  • There have been some majorthings that have taken place
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  • in that Cathedral, but whatmost people may not know is
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  • that the Westminster Abbey isreally a mausoleum.
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  • It is a place where many,many famous people are buried:
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  • many of the poets of England,many of the musicians,
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  • many of the creative-artspeople, some of the royalty.
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  • As you walk aroundin that building,
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  • you see stone plateson the floor,
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  • and all of a sudden,you realize you're standin'
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  • on top of Edgar Allan Poeor somebody like that.
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  • It's quite an amazing place.
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  • Not a few people have saidthat Hebrews chapter 11,
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  • is the Westminster Abbeyof the Bible
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  • because there you have the namesof a lot of famous people.
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  • But one of my friends,Warren Wiersbe,
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  • takes great exception to that.
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  • He says that isn't possible--that we should never compare
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  • Hebrews 11,to the Westminster Abbey.
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  • First of all, all the people inthe Westminster Abbey are dead,
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  • and the people in Hebrews 11,have life in them,
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  • not just physical life,but spiritual life.
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  • But the major differencebetween the people
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  • in the Westminster Abbeyin London
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  • and the peoplein the Hall of Faith
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  • in Hebrews 11,is the simple fact
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  • that the people who arein the Westminster Abbey
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  • in London are famous people,
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  • people who were knownthroughout their life
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  • for great accomplishment,popular people,
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  • well-known artists,as I've mentioned,
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  • and musicians.
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  • But the peoplewhose names end up
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  • in the Hall of Faithin Hebrews 11,
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  • were ordinary peoplejust like you and me.
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  • They're not in the Hall of Faithbecause they were great people.
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  • They're in the Hall of Faithbecause they were
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  • ordinary people who expressedgreat faith in the things
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  • that God could do through them.
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  • And one of the first heroeswe meet in the Hall of Faith is
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  • a man by the name of Abel.
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  • The Bible says, in Hebrews 11:4,"By faith Abel offered to God
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  • a more excellent sacrificethan Cain,
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  • through which he obtainedwitness that he was righteous,
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  • God testifying of his gifts,and through it he being dead
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  • still speaks."
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  • At first glance, he seems to bea rather strange candidate
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  • for the Hall of Faith.
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  • I mean, there isn't muchabout him in the Bible,
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  • and, in fact, there is notone word that he spoke,
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  • recorded in the Scripture.
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  • In order to find outmore about him,
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  • we have to go backto the book of Genesis
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  • and find out from the historyof this man
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  • how he got includedin this illustrious group.
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  • There, in the book of Genesisand the 4th chapter,
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  • we have the story of Abeland his older brother, Cain,
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  • and the sacrifices thateach of them brought to God.
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  • And the only way we're gonnaunderstand why Abel
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  • got into the Hall of Faith isto find out
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  • why Cain didn't getinto the Hall of Faith.
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  • Here are two brothers born tothe first parents in the world.
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  • One of them makesthe Hall of Faith,
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  • and one of them does not.
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  • They were well taught,these boys.
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  • Among other things,they knew there was a God,
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  • and they knew that sinwas an offense to him,
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  • and they knew that God had to beapproached with a sacrifice.
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  • Now, we might wonderhow they knew all of this
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  • because there's nothingin the Bible right here
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  • in the context to teach us,but watch carefully.
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  • The answer is foundin the fact that,
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  • after the sin of Adam and Eve,which is recorded
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  • in the earlier part of Genesis,we are told that God came down,
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  • and when Adam and Evediscovered their nakedness,
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  • they tried to clothe themselveswith fig leaves, and God,
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  • the Bible says, Genesis 3:21,covered their nakedness
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  • with the skins of animals,and the blood of those animals
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  • had to be shed in orderto cover their nakedness.
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  • So with this backgroundto the story,
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  • let's sort out why Abel waslisted in the Hall of Faith.
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  • First of all, Abel hada revealed faith.
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  • "By faith," says the Scripture,
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  • "Abel offered to Goda more excellent sacrifice."
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  • Now, it's evident that both Abeland Cain were sinners because
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  • they inherited the sin natureof their father and mother,
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  • and both of themneeded righteousness,
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  • and they were both born in sinand needed to be saved
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  • in the sense thatwe understand that today.
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  • Romans 5:12, says,
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  • "Therefore, just as throughone man sin entered the world--"
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  • that was Adam--"and death through sin,
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  • thus death spread to all men,because all sinned."
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  • Well, here's the firstgeneration after Adam,
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  • and we know from the standpointof the Bible,
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  • that Cain and Abelwe're sinners.
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  • They weren't sinnersnecessarily by choice.
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  • They were sinners by birth.
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  • They inherited the sin natureof their parents.
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  • I know it's hard for peopleto believe that little babies
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  • are born in sin.
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  • They're born with a sin nature.
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  • And some of you think,"Well, that isn't possible."
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  • If you feel that way,you're probably grandparents,
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  • but I promise you,you're not parents.
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  • You're not parentsbecause we all know
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  • that little children exhibittheir sinful nature
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  • quite readily, don't they?
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  • Selfishness: They want whatthey want when they want it.
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  • Whether it's in the middleof night and you haven't slept
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  • in a long time, they don't care.
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  • They scream when they get mad.
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  • They put--and some of you ladiesare just laughin'
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  • 'cause you know exactlywhat I'm talking about.
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  • You love those little babies,but you understand immediately
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  • they're not perfect.
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  • They have something in themthat's not quite right,
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  • and that's calledthe sin nature.
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  • Both Cain and Abelwere sinners by birth.
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  • So these two boysnow approach God,
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  • and let me read to youwhat Genesis said happened,
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  • Genesis 4, verse 3:"And in the process of time--"
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  • that means afterthey were older--
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  • "it came to passthat Cain brought
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  • an offering of the fruitof the ground to the Lord,
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  • and Abel also broughtof the firstfruit of his flock
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  • and their fat.
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  • And the Lord respectedAbel and his offering,
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  • but he did not respectCain and his offering.
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  • And Cain was very angry,and his countenance fell."
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  • Abel had sacrificeda blood sacrifice to his God
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  • in obedienceto God's instructions.
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  • He believed God in faith,and he acted.
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  • But Cain drewthe tattered shreds
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  • of his own self-righteousnessaround him and turned away
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  • from a salvation based on blood.
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  • Perhaps, to him, such a notionwas barbarous and offensive
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  • and disgusting, and even thoughGod had said it,
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  • Cain had a better way.
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  • He scorned salvation like that,and he came his own way,
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  • a way that seemed right to him,but a way that God rejected.
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  • Now, I wanna saysomething to you,
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  • and I don't want youto forget this.
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  • There are only two waysto approach God.
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  • There's Cain way,and there's Abel's way.
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  • If you decide to goto God Cain's way,
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  • you'll never get there.
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  • Your journey will be aborted.
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  • It will not take you to God,but if you go Abel's way,
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  • you can find Godthrough Jesus Christ.
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  • The way of the cross isthe way of Abel,
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  • and it leads youstraight to heaven,
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  • and the way of Cain isthe way of human works,
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  • and it will lead youstraight to hell.
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  • There's only two ways,and all of the faith
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  • and religion talk that has everhappened since Genesis 4,
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  • is wrapped aroundthose two thoughts:
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  • the way of Cain,and the way of Abel.
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  • Say it with me:"The way of Cain,
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  • and the way of Abel."
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  • It's interesting, is it not,
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  • that here in these firstfew verses of the Bible,
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  • such an incredible truth ispresented to us
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  • so that we cannot forget it?
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  • 1 John 3:11 and 12, says,
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  • "This is the message thatyou've heard from the beginning,
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  • that we should love one another,
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  • not as Cain, who wasof the wicked one
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  • and murdered his brother."
  • 00:12:40.543 --> 00:12:42.278
  • The New Testament commentaryon Cain is not kind
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  • to his reputation.
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  • Now, because God rejected Cain,Cain hated his brother,
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  • and he killed him.
  • 00:12:53.389 --> 00:12:55.991
  • Notice, "Now Cain talkedwith Abel his brother,
  • 00:12:56.025 --> 00:12:58.861
  • and it came to pass,when they were in the field,
  • 00:12:58.894 --> 00:13:00.896
  • that Cain rose up againstAbel his brother and killed him.
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  • And the Lord said to Cain,'Where is Abel your brother?'
  • 00:13:04.733 --> 00:13:08.037
  • And he said, 'I do not know.
  • 00:13:08.070 --> 00:13:09.572
  • Am I my brother's keeper?'
  • 00:13:09.605 --> 00:13:11.006
  • And God said,'What have you done?
  • 00:13:11.040 --> 00:13:14.643
  • The voice of your brother'sblood cries out to me
  • 00:13:14.677 --> 00:13:18.080
  • from the ground.'"
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  • Cain became the first murderer,
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  • and Abel becamethe first martyr.
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  • So Abel getsinto the Hall of Faith,
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  • first of all, because he hadgotten a revelation from God
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  • about what he should do,and he had responded obediently
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  • in faith.
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  • Cain was rejected becausehe decided to do it his own way.
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  • Number two,Abel's faith was reverent.
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  • This is somethingthat you don't see
  • 00:13:45.274 --> 00:13:47.042
  • unless you read this twoor three times and realize that,
  • 00:13:47.076 --> 00:13:49.111
  • after Abel believed Godand decided to obey God,
  • 00:13:49.144 --> 00:13:53.682
  • he worshiped God.
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  • He brought his sacrifice to God,and the expression here is
  • 00:13:56.051 --> 00:13:59.355
  • the expression of worship.
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  • An altar was set up,an altar of worship,
  • 00:14:01.257 --> 00:14:03.792
  • and Abel bringshis sacrifice to God,
  • 00:14:03.826 --> 00:14:07.329
  • and he did so in worship.
  • 00:14:07.363 --> 00:14:10.266
  • Now, we worship God whenwe come together in church,
  • 00:14:10.299 --> 00:14:13.535
  • but hopefully that's notthe only time you worship God.
  • 00:14:13.569 --> 00:14:16.805
  • You worship God whenyou awake in the morning,
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  • and you say,"Good morning, Lord,
  • 00:14:19.041 --> 00:14:20.409
  • and thank youfor a good night's rest.
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  • Let me let me live for you todayand honor you with my life."
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  • You worship God throughout theday whenever you have a chance.
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  • In fact, a case could be madefor the fact
  • 00:14:29.218 --> 00:14:31.620
  • that your entire life,as a follower of Christ,
  • 00:14:31.654 --> 00:14:34.590
  • is an instrument of worshipfor the Lord God.
  • 00:14:34.623 --> 00:14:38.227
  • By the way, did you knowthat worship is
  • 00:14:38.260 --> 00:14:40.195
  • a New Testament sacrificeto God?
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  • Hebrews 13:15, says, "Thereforeby him let us continually offer
  • 00:14:43.899 --> 00:14:50.205
  • the sacrifice of praise to God,that is, the fruit of our lips,
  • 00:14:50.239 --> 00:14:54.910
  • giving thanks to his name."
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  • When you worship God,you are offering a sacrifice
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  • to the Lord.
  • 00:15:00.215 --> 00:15:03.018
  • Now, it's quite evidentthat what Cain brought
  • 00:15:03.052 --> 00:15:05.955
  • to the Lord was notan authentic act of worship.
  • 00:15:05.988 --> 00:15:09.058
  • You say, "How do you know that?"
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  • Because you read what happenedright after he left.
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  • When God didn't acceptwhat he brought,
  • 00:15:12.995 --> 00:15:15.097
  • his true nature was displayed.
  • 00:15:15.130 --> 00:15:18.334
  • His character came into view.
  • 00:15:18.367 --> 00:15:20.336
  • It says that,"Cain was very angry,
  • 00:15:20.369 --> 00:15:22.504
  • and his countenance fell.
  • 00:15:22.538 --> 00:15:23.906
  • And the Lord said to Cain,'Why are you angry?
  • 00:15:23.939 --> 00:15:26.175
  • And why hasyour countenance fallen?
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  • If you do well,will you not be accepted?
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  • Cain, if you've donethe right thing,
  • 00:15:31.313 --> 00:15:32.748
  • would I not have accepted you?
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  • And if you do not well,sin lies at the door.
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  • And its desire is for you,
  • 00:15:40.489 --> 00:15:43.492
  • but you should have ruleover it.'"
  • 00:15:43.525 --> 00:15:45.094
  • God warned Cain aboutwhat he was about to do.
  • 00:15:45.127 --> 00:15:49.698
  • God saw the hatred and angerin Cain's heart,
  • 00:15:49.732 --> 00:15:52.868
  • and he said to Cain,"Sin is like a wild animal
  • 00:15:52.901 --> 00:15:56.705
  • crouched at the doorof your heart.
  • 00:15:56.739 --> 00:15:58.707
  • You're about to do somethingthat you will never,
  • 00:15:58.741 --> 00:16:01.176
  • ever forgive yourself for.
  • 00:16:01.210 --> 00:16:02.811
  • Don't do it.
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  • You can rule over it."
  • 00:16:04.179 --> 00:16:05.514
  • But Cain's anger was so intense,and his jealousy of Abel
  • 00:16:05.547 --> 00:16:08.317
  • was so greenthat he couldn't help himself,
  • 00:16:08.350 --> 00:16:12.121
  • and in his fury, he tookthe life of his own brother
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  • and became the first murdererin history.
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  • If his offering had been madein the right spirit,
  • 00:16:20.796 --> 00:16:23.832
  • we wouldn't read the paragraphwe just read.
  • 00:16:23.866 --> 00:16:26.101
  • It is an indication thatCain's problem wasn't just
  • 00:16:26.135 --> 00:16:29.471
  • that he brought his works to Godinstead of a sacrifice.
  • 00:16:29.505 --> 00:16:32.574
  • What he brought to Godwas brought in the wrong spirit,
  • 00:16:32.608 --> 00:16:35.944
  • in the wrong attitude.
  • 00:16:35.978 --> 00:16:38.147
  • Abel had a revealed faithand a reverent faith,
  • 00:16:38.180 --> 00:16:40.149
  • and here's one that'sreally interesting.
  • 00:16:40.182 --> 00:16:41.817
  • He had a reverberating faith.
  • 00:16:41.850 --> 00:16:43.252
  • Did you know thatthe faith of Abel,
  • 00:16:43.285 --> 00:16:45.220
  • in 11:4 of Hebrews,is alive and well today?
  • 00:16:45.254 --> 00:16:50.192
  • Let me show you what I mean.
  • 00:16:50.225 --> 00:16:51.994
  • Here's what it says:"By faith Abel offered to God
  • 00:16:52.027 --> 00:16:54.563
  • a more excellent sacrificethan Cain,
  • 00:16:54.596 --> 00:16:56.865
  • through whichhe obtained witness
  • 00:16:56.899 --> 00:16:58.801
  • that he was righteous,God testifying of his gifts,
  • 00:16:58.834 --> 00:17:02.271
  • and through it he being deadstill speaks."
  • 00:17:02.304 --> 00:17:08.844
  • Now watch this.
  • 00:17:08.877 --> 00:17:10.345
  • I told ya earlier that there'snot one word of Abel
  • 00:17:10.379 --> 00:17:14.049
  • in the Bible that he spoke,not one recorded word
  • 00:17:14.083 --> 00:17:17.319
  • that Abel ever spoke.
  • 00:17:17.352 --> 00:17:18.821
  • But the Bible says,
  • 00:17:18.854 --> 00:17:20.155
  • though the Bible doesn't recordany words that he spoke,
  • 00:17:20.189 --> 00:17:22.524
  • his faith is still speakingtoday,
  • 00:17:22.558 --> 00:17:24.893
  • all these years later,here, right in this culture,
  • 00:17:24.927 --> 00:17:27.763
  • right in this service.
  • 00:17:27.796 --> 00:17:29.498
  • The testimony of Abelis speaking to us today.
  • 00:17:29.531 --> 00:17:33.268
  • The first man in history toexpress faith in God was Abel,
  • 00:17:33.302 --> 00:17:38.874
  • and we revel in the story.
  • 00:17:38.907 --> 00:17:40.742
  • It reverberates all the way downthrough history to us.
  • 00:17:40.776 --> 00:17:43.745
  • His statement by his lifetells us that
  • 00:17:43.779 --> 00:17:49.918
  • we can only be accepted by Godwhen we come to God, God's way.
  • 00:17:49.952 --> 00:17:55.491
  • We don't get to make the rules.
  • 00:17:55.524 --> 00:17:58.927
  • God has set the standards,and he's made it plain to us
  • 00:17:58.961 --> 00:18:03.298
  • how we are to approach him.
  • 00:18:03.332 --> 00:18:06.301
  • Now, it says here in the textthat the blood of murdered Abel
  • 00:18:06.335 --> 00:18:11.773
  • was screaming out to Godfrom the ground,
  • 00:18:11.807 --> 00:18:14.977
  • but the life of Abelis screaming out to us,
  • 00:18:15.010 --> 00:18:18.614
  • bringing to us this measureof truth that God accepts
  • 00:18:18.647 --> 00:18:22.684
  • only the sacrifice of blood,and in this culture,
  • 00:18:22.718 --> 00:18:25.954
  • only the sacrificeof his own Son.
  • 00:18:25.988 --> 00:18:28.524
  • The only way we can cometo God is God's way.
  • 00:18:28.557 --> 00:18:32.895
  • And then, finally,Abel is in the Hall of Faith
  • 00:18:32.928 --> 00:18:36.031
  • because he hada righteous faith.
  • 00:18:36.064 --> 00:18:38.333
  • And if you'll allow me,let's explore that on the basis
  • 00:18:38.367 --> 00:18:42.804
  • that we understand Abelonly when we see Cain.
  • 00:18:42.838 --> 00:18:49.144
  • Cain's religion was basedon human reasoning.
  • 00:18:49.178 --> 00:18:53.081
  • What Cain did that day, whenhe brought his offering to God,
  • 00:18:53.115 --> 00:18:56.685
  • was to express the factthat he believed that,
  • 00:18:56.718 --> 00:19:01.423
  • in order for him to be acceptedby Almighty God,
  • 00:19:01.456 --> 00:19:04.426
  • he had to earn it.
  • 00:19:04.459 --> 00:19:07.496
  • He brought to God the fruitof his labor.
  • 00:19:07.529 --> 00:19:10.532
  • In doing this, he violatedthe clear revelation
  • 00:19:10.566 --> 00:19:14.002
  • that God had given them,and we know that
  • 00:19:14.036 --> 00:19:16.505
  • because Abel understood it,and they were brothers.
  • 00:19:16.538 --> 00:19:19.508
  • They lived in the same family.
  • 00:19:19.541 --> 00:19:21.310
  • There wasn't any noise fromany other families in that day.
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  • God dealt directlywith that first family,
  • 00:19:24.613 --> 00:19:27.282
  • and what Abel knew,surely Cain knew,
  • 00:19:27.316 --> 00:19:31.687
  • but Cain set the foundationfor every false religion
  • 00:19:31.720 --> 00:19:34.556
  • that has ever come into beingsince his life because
  • 00:19:34.590 --> 00:19:37.993
  • here's the difference betweenreligion and Christianity.
  • 00:19:38.026 --> 00:19:41.330
  • Some people say, you know,
  • 00:19:41.363 --> 00:19:42.664
  • "You go and you haveto fill out a form."
  • 00:19:42.698 --> 00:19:43.999
  • I guess you don't do that muchbecause it's not
  • 00:19:44.032 --> 00:19:45.334
  • politically correct anymore.
  • 00:19:45.367 --> 00:19:46.668
  • "What is your religion?"
  • 00:19:46.702 --> 00:19:48.003
  • Well, I used to put down,"Christianity."
  • 00:19:48.036 --> 00:19:49.338
  • Well, Christianity,if it's really Christianity,
  • 00:19:49.371 --> 00:19:50.672
  • is not a religion.
  • 00:19:50.706 --> 00:19:53.175
  • Religion is an attempt to reachup to God with your good works
  • 00:19:53.208 --> 00:19:58.447
  • or some merit that will bringGod's blessing to your life.
  • 00:19:58.480 --> 00:20:02.284
  • Christianity isthe exact opposite.
  • 00:20:02.317 --> 00:20:04.686
  • Christianity recognizes that wehave nothing we can offer to God
  • 00:20:04.720 --> 00:20:08.457
  • and that we don't reach upto God but that
  • 00:20:08.490 --> 00:20:10.525
  • God has reached down to usthrough his Son Jesus Christ.
  • 00:20:10.559 --> 00:20:13.729
  • Christianity is not a religion.
  • 00:20:13.762 --> 00:20:15.864
  • It's a relationshipwith Almighty God
  • 00:20:15.897 --> 00:20:18.433
  • through Jesus Christ.
  • 00:20:18.467 --> 00:20:20.402
  • But since Cain and Abel,there's only been two ways:
  • 00:20:20.435 --> 00:20:23.372
  • There's the relationship way,and there's the religion way.
  • 00:20:23.405 --> 00:20:27.242
  • "Woe to them.
  • 00:20:27.276 --> 00:20:28.877
  • For they have gone the wayof Cain," Jude 11.
  • 00:20:28.910 --> 00:20:33.815
  • What is "the way of Cain"?
  • 00:20:33.849 --> 00:20:35.884
  • "The way of Cain" is comingto God in your own pride,
  • 00:20:35.917 --> 00:20:40.088
  • in your own arrogance,not listening to what God says,
  • 00:20:40.122 --> 00:20:43.959
  • but believing you can do ityour way.
  • 00:20:43.992 --> 00:20:46.495
  • Isn't that what happensmost of the time?
  • 00:20:46.528 --> 00:20:48.964
  • We're like little childrenin many respects.
  • 00:20:48.997 --> 00:20:50.899
  • We're looking upto our Father and say,
  • 00:20:50.932 --> 00:20:52.668
  • "I can do it myself.
  • 00:20:52.701 --> 00:20:55.537
  • I can do it myself."
  • 00:20:57.039 --> 00:20:59.174
  • Cain was saying to God that day,"God, I can do it myself."
  • 00:20:59.207 --> 00:21:04.346
  • And the Bible says God did notaccept Cain in his attempt
  • 00:21:04.379 --> 00:21:08.183
  • to measure up.
  • 00:21:08.216 --> 00:21:10.919
  • Cain's religion was also basedon human sacrifice.
  • 00:21:10.952 --> 00:21:14.589
  • He offered a sacrifice,all right.
  • 00:21:14.623 --> 00:21:16.625
  • It was a costly one, but it wasa sacrifice without blood.
  • 00:21:16.658 --> 00:21:20.095
  • That is where most peopleare today.
  • 00:21:20.128 --> 00:21:22.164
  • Most people today bringtheir offerings to God.
  • 00:21:22.197 --> 00:21:24.266
  • They indulgein ritualistic practices,
  • 00:21:24.299 --> 00:21:27.235
  • championing the causeof social actions.
  • 00:21:27.269 --> 00:21:29.705
  • They hope these thingswill give them a standing
  • 00:21:29.738 --> 00:21:32.841
  • before Almighty God,and we mistakenly think
  • 00:21:32.874 --> 00:21:35.577
  • that's the way God receives usand responds to us,
  • 00:21:35.610 --> 00:21:39.881
  • and nothing could be furtherfrom the truth.
  • 00:21:39.915 --> 00:21:42.584
  • In fact, this is a bitter pillfor all of us.
  • 00:21:42.617 --> 00:21:46.054
  • The Bible says,"All of our righteousnesses
  • 00:21:46.088 --> 00:21:48.924
  • are as filthy rags before God,"because they're born out
  • 00:21:48.957 --> 00:21:54.496
  • of our misguided motivationto do it ourself instead
  • 00:21:54.529 --> 00:21:59.901
  • of respond to God in faithand allow him to be our Savior.
  • 00:21:59.935 --> 00:22:05.674
  • And Cain's religion was basedon human satisfaction.
  • 00:22:05.707 --> 00:22:08.677
  • The Bible says, "The Lordrespected Abel and his offering,
  • 00:22:08.710 --> 00:22:12.180
  • but he did not respect Cainand his offering."
  • 00:22:12.214 --> 00:22:15.817
  • And in the aftermathof this unacceptable sacrifice,
  • 00:22:15.851 --> 00:22:19.554
  • he revealed the true natureof his heart.
  • 00:22:19.588 --> 00:22:23.525
  • Let me tell you howthe story ends.
  • 00:22:23.558 --> 00:22:26.128
  • Listen carefully.
  • 00:22:26.161 --> 00:22:28.230
  • If you go backto the book of Genesis,
  • 00:22:28.263 --> 00:22:30.465
  • chapter 4, and verse 16,you read these words:
  • 00:22:30.499 --> 00:22:34.269
  • "And Cain went out fromthe presence of the Lord."
  • 00:22:34.302 --> 00:22:42.878
  • Did you know,in the New Testament,
  • 00:22:42.911 --> 00:22:44.212
  • it says that there's gonna bea day in the future when people
  • 00:22:44.246 --> 00:22:46.014
  • will stand before the Lord,and they will tout
  • 00:22:46.047 --> 00:22:48.083
  • all of their works,and the Lord will say to them,
  • 00:22:48.116 --> 00:22:52.354
  • "Depart from me,for I never knew you."
  • 00:22:52.387 --> 00:22:57.325
  • When Cain standsbefore the Lord one day,
  • 00:22:57.359 --> 00:22:59.728
  • that's what he will hear.
  • 00:22:59.761 --> 00:23:01.496
  • Cain will say,"Did I not do this?
  • 00:23:01.530 --> 00:23:02.998
  • Didn't I bring this?
  • 00:23:03.031 --> 00:23:04.332
  • What, wasn't all--?"
  • 00:23:04.366 --> 00:23:05.667
  • And the Bible saysGod's Son will say to him,
  • 00:23:05.700 --> 00:23:09.070
  • "Depart from me.
  • 00:23:09.104 --> 00:23:11.773
  • I never knew you."
  • 00:23:11.807 --> 00:23:15.010
  • You don't get to Godby what you do.
  • 00:23:15.043 --> 00:23:17.512
  • You want to try to get to GodCain's way?
  • 00:23:17.546 --> 00:23:19.681
  • Let me tell you, it will bea trip that is aborted.
  • 00:23:19.714 --> 00:23:22.083
  • It will be a trip that endsshort of the goal.
  • 00:23:22.117 --> 00:23:24.352
  • It will leave you in a placewhere you have no way
  • 00:23:24.386 --> 00:23:27.923
  • to get to God.
  • 00:23:27.956 --> 00:23:29.524
  • And the Bible says,"And Cain went out
  • 00:23:29.558 --> 00:23:33.395
  • from before the presenceof the Lord."
  • 00:23:33.428 --> 00:23:37.299
  • Periodically, as you readthe Scripture,
  • 00:23:37.332 --> 00:23:39.701
  • you read about death and thatthere are two kinds of death.
  • 00:23:39.734 --> 00:23:42.771
  • There's the first death,and there's the second death.
  • 00:23:42.804 --> 00:23:45.407
  • First death, we're all gonnaparticipate in that if the Lord
  • 00:23:45.440 --> 00:23:48.844
  • doesn't come backbefore our time.
  • 00:23:48.877 --> 00:23:50.946
  • The first death isthe separation
  • 00:23:50.979 --> 00:23:52.514
  • of your soul from your body.
  • 00:23:52.547 --> 00:23:55.083
  • The Bible says it this way:"Absent from the body,
  • 00:23:55.116 --> 00:23:57.686
  • present with the Lord."
  • 00:23:57.719 --> 00:23:59.020
  • That's what it means to dieas a Christian.
  • 00:23:59.054 --> 00:24:01.356
  • Your soul leaves your bodyand goes to be with God.
  • 00:24:01.389 --> 00:24:04.893
  • But there's a second death,and the second death is
  • 00:24:04.926 --> 00:24:08.129
  • the separation of your soulfrom God,
  • 00:24:08.163 --> 00:24:12.734
  • forever and ever and ever.
  • 00:24:12.767 --> 00:24:16.104
  • The first death, you can recoverfrom as a Christian,
  • 00:24:16.137 --> 00:24:19.908
  • but nobody recoversfrom the second death.
  • 00:24:19.941 --> 00:24:23.011
  • The second death is going outfrom the presence of the Lord,
  • 00:24:23.044 --> 00:24:27.215
  • never, ever to bein his presence again.
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  • It's to spend eternity in hell,apart from God.
  • 00:24:30.385 --> 00:24:36.525
  • That's the way you will goif you follow Cain.
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  • I wanna recommend a better way.
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  • The better way is to comeby faith and accept
  • 00:24:44.332 --> 00:24:47.969
  • the sacrifice of Jesus Christthat he paid for
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  • on the cross for you.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • male announcer: Dr. Jeremiahwill return
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  • with one more inspirational wordto close today's program,
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  • right after this.
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  • announcer: And now, with onelast word for today's program,
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  • here is Dr. Jeremiah.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: I hopeyou'll never hear the story
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  • of Cain and Abel againwithout remembering
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  • that it is a story of faith.
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  • The difference between faiththat pleases God
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  • and faith that pleases man.
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  • Abel is a hero of faith because,well, he lived out his faith
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  • in God with boldness and action.
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  • Biblical faith is always moving,growing,
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  • and accomplishingmajor things for God.
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  • As bold as it becomes,faith begins
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  • with a simple "yes"to Jesus Christ.
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  • announcer: Next time on,"Turning Point."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Am I doingin my life
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  • what I do to please others,
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  • to please myself?
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  • Or do I long to pleaseAlmighty God?
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  • Let me tell ya, it won't alwayscome in conflict,
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  • but there will be timeswhen pleasing others
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  • and pleasing God won't beon the same page.
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  • announcer: Thank youfor being with us today.
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  • Join us next timefor Dr. Jeremiah's message,"
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  • He Walked with God,"here on, "Turning Point."
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