I want to continue with a look into Cain’s family.
Cain had little regard for serving God and offered a sacrifice but his heart was not in it.
Cain had little regard for human life and killed his own brother.
Cain had little regard for salvation and did not repent.
As he begins having a family, their acknowledgment and worship of God becomes more and more faint.
By the time his great-great-great grandson is born there is only mockery for God.
First, Lamech married two women. The first was named Adah, and the second was Zillah. Gen 4:19
A direct slap in the face of God who had created one woman for one man and said a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one. Gen 2:24
A man is not joined to his “wives” or is a woman joined to her “husbands”. It is a one-to-one relationship.
Then Lamech follows in the footsteps of his g-g-g-grandfather.
One day Lamech said to his wives, “Adah and Zillah, hear my voice; listen to me, you wives of Lamech. I have killed a man who attacked me, a young man who wounded me. If someone who kills Cain is punished seven times, then the one who kills me will be punished seventy-seven times!” Gen 4:23-24
Another slap in God’s face claiming restitutional grace – grace that had not been offered.
Lamech is not seeking forgiveness for his sin; he is seeking grace based on Cain’s sin.
God does not offer grace and forgiveness to you because of the sin of someone else.
It is offered to you for your sin and it is given freely when you repent.
Lamech is not seeking forgiveness through repentance; his faith is in believing that God will overlook his sin.
There are many believing the same thing. Justifying their sinfulness based on the actions of others.
“I’m not as bad as him.”
It’s not a comparison between you and someone else. Everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Rom 3:23
Now…how do you compare to Jesus?
That’s why He gave Himself for you. So that you can be freely forgiven through Him!
“I’ve never killed anyone.” That’s great! God won’t hold you accountable for what you haven’t done. We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. 2 Cor 5:10
“I’m not a bad person!” According to whom?
Someone that says this is basing it on a comparison to others.
But they are only comparing themselves with each other, using themselves as the standard of measurement. How ignorant! 2 Cor 10:12
You, nor anyone else, will be judged by comparison to others. Rather, the Bible says each will be compared to Jesus.
He has set a day for judging the world with justice by the man he has appointed, and he proved to everyone who this is by raising him from the dead. Acts 17:31
So how do you compare to Jesus?
This is why He gave Himself for you. So that you can be freely forgiven through Him.
He is the only way; no one else can compare!