THE WORD FOR TODAY
Genesis 4-6 Click to Read the Scripture for Today
9 Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?”
My brothers and sister and I have chopped a lot of cotton. Mama used to put me, the oldest…between them. She expected me to help them make sure their row of cotton was clean. Oh how I used to resent having to chop my row and also make sure their row was clean. Sometimes I would get fighting mad and then Mama would put me in my place…and sometimes not so gently.
Cain had gotten really angry with his brother Abel. Abel’s sacrifice had been accepted by God but Cain’s had been rejected. We don’t know exactly why his sacrifice was rejected. We do know in the context of the whole scripture that God often refused sacrifices when they were unworthy sacrifices. Clearly there was something unworthy about either his sacrifice or the manner in which he offered the sacrifice.
Rather than repent and resolve to do the right thing at the next sacrifice he got angry. Then one day he rose in anger against his brother Abel and killed him. When confronted with the question, “Where is Abel you brother?” He said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?”
There is a truth in life…we are our brother’s keeper. I am not talking in generic terms about our “Christian” brothers and sisters. I am talking about our flesh and blood. Too often I hear of brother and sisters, father and sons, daughter and mothers, father’s and daughter, sons and mothers and even more speeding through life with no care or concern for their family. It is appalling some of the sins we commit against our flesh and blood. It is dismaying the hurt we hurl at them in fits of anger, rage and bitterness. We are our brother’s keeper. We are to do right by our family no matter our personal feelings. We are not supposed to do those things that bring hurt, pain and hardship to those we say we love. We are certainly not supposed to take their life because they receive a greater blessing than us.
Let me close with a great truth: The ground at the foot of the Cross is level. We all stand in tremendous need before the cross so who am I to think more highly of myself than I think of my brothers and sister. I am my brother’s keeper and I am accountable to God for how good a job I am doing.
Lord, bless my brothers…Glynn…Bruce and my sister…Lou (you can place your brothers and sisters name here) with greater blessing than I could ever imagine…In Jesus Name...AMEN!!!