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Wrong Motives

Cain and Abel, the true story of the first two children of Adam and Eve. It's not a pretty story because it shows how quickly the sinful nature had penetrated to the heart of the second generation of humanity. Evidently Adam and Eve being clothed with the skin of animals meant that those animals died. God teaching the first couple that sacrifices must be made for sins and fellowship with God. So, the boys were born and one was righteous, Abel, and the other was not, so when they offered sacrifice at the harvest Abel knew to bring a blood sacrifice. Cain, the first born, knew better. Obviously Adam and Eve needed food from seed plants so Cain helped cultivate the ground with his father. Abel came along and he was tasked with the flocks, probably with his mother. Cain was determined to bring some of his crops. Certainly he was proud of being the best farmer (outside of his dad) and it had all sprung up because of his labors. He had allowed sin to cover his motives thinking that God wo…

Comparison

Whether we use a one-foot ruler or a twenty-five foot tape the measurement is always the same. What would it be like if a one-foot measurement could be different in each use? How could be build a building, design a car, create a plot plan or a survey? It would construction and other businesses a complete mess. Each twelve inches is not unique, they are all the same. Now that doesn't apply to humanity, however. Each of us has a DNA that is particular to us. No fingerprint or iris of the eye is the same. In addition, God has given us all uniqueness in talents, sometimes called strengths. They are similar yet unique combinations of strengths that help us to be the best we can be. We are given good things by God with the intent that we would be able to contribute to the world uniquely. But some people start measuring themselves against others that are all unique and it begins trouble for them. They look at their accomplishments, abilities and giftings and feel they are lacking. They see…

God's Intervention

Haman was a despicable person, an Agagite, a part of an Arabian tribe which might have history back to the line of Ismael, the other son of Abraham whose mother was Hagar. He was given a wife from Egypt and had twelve sons who became twelve tribes and who kept alive their animosity for the Jews. Haman had an immediate and strong drive to destroy the Jews that had to be stoked by his heritage. Once promoted to high honor by Emperor Xerxes, he had the power to act in any way he wanted. The king was blind to his intentions as he was caressed by the deceitful tongue of Haman. This came to a head when Mordecai informed Esther, the newly crowned queen, of the edict that Haman had written for the killing of all Jews and sent to all the 127 provinces that stretched from India to Ethiopia. But Haman wanted more, so he hatched a second plan to speak to the king specifically about killing Mordecai. David the psalmist wrote this observation, "Sin whispers to the wicked, deep within their heart…