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January 2 Today’s Reading: Genesis 4 — 8
What sad consequences there are to sin! That horrible, heart-hatred of God, which resides in the hearts of Adam’s sons and daughters works havoc in the earth and will bring us all down to hell in the end, unless God steps in to save. The only hope there is for fallen, depraved, helpless sinners is the omnipotent intervention of God’s irresistible grace.
Blessed be his name, God does intervene to save! He does not have to save. No mortal will ever seek salvation from him until first he is sought of him. But God has, in indescribable, infinite mercy, chosen to save a people for his own name’s sake; and save them, he will.
Cain and Abel
Beginning with its opening chapters and throughout the pages of Inspiration, the Book of God is filled with pictures of our heavenly Father’s free, sovereign, saving grace. Adam had two sons: Cain and Abel. God passed by Cain and chose Abel. Abel is the one to whom God revealed himself in Christ, evident by the fact that Abel brought God a blood sacrifice, which God provided and thereby found acceptance with the holy Lord God. The only way sinful man can approach the holy Lord God is through the merits of Christ, the sin-atoning Substitute, who is both God and the substitutionary Sacrifice God has provided.
The only difference there is between the fallen sons of Adam is the difference God makes (1 Corinthians 4:7). The only thing that made Abel to differ from Cain was the fact that God chose Abel, revealed himself to Abel and called Abel.
We see the distinction of grace in Enoch, too. “Enoch walked with God,” when few men did. He pleased God. And he escaped death because God took him. How did he walk with God? He walked with God the only way any sinner can walk with God — by faith in Christ. How did he please God? He pleased God the only way any sinner can please God — by faith in Christ. Walk with God by faith in Christ, and you, too, shall escape death (John 11:26; Revelation 20:6).
“Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” The whole world was lost. The whole world was corrupt. The whole of Adam’s race was degenerate and walked in wickedness, provoking the wrath of God. But God, in great pity, mercy and compassion, showed himself gracious to one man. — “Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” God spared Noah. God saved Noah. Through him, God preserved his family, preserved our race and thus preserved his elect for all generations to come!
“Grace! Tis a charming sound! Harmonious to the ear.
Heaven with the echo shall resound and all the earth shall hear!”
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