January 2, 2017

January 2, 2017

GENESIS 4-7

Focus Verse: “Cain said to the Lord, ‘My punishment is more than I can bear. Today You are driving me from the land, and I will be hidden from Your presence…’”

Genesis 4:13

There is NOTHING like the presence of the Lord; the moment you experience that, you will never be the same. The reverse of this is also true though. There is NOTHING like the presence of the Lord; the moment you are deprived of that, you will be destroyed.

I firmly believe that this is exactly what hell is – the reason for the weeping and gnashing of teeth. On Judgment Day, everyone will experience the Glory of God. The Bible tells us in multiple places that “every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.” God’s glory doesn’t allow ANY to stand before it. When you see His glory, you will fall to your knees. It happens every time in the Bible.

But after having seen Him face to face, after experiencing His presence, to then be driven out and told you can never experience it again…there is nothing worse.

This is what Cain is going through here. His punishment is “more than he can bear” because he is being deprived of the presence of God. We see the same lesson from Moses in Exodus 33:15. In fact, the most convincing example of this can be seen in the life of Jesus.

In Matthew 27:46, Jesus cries out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” This is the only time God’s Word tells us that Jesus cried out. If you believe the Messianic prophecy in Isaiah 53:7 is a detailed account of the crucifixion (which I do wholeheartedly), then Jesus didn’t make a sound up to this point.

What does this mean? None of the beatings, whippings, piercings, were enough to make Jesus cry out. What was? God, because of your and my sin that had to be placed on Jesus, turning His face away from His Son. Jesus knew, better than anyone else in the history of the world, the presence of God. In fact, there was never a moment in His life that Jesus was ever without the presence of God, until this moment. And it was more than He could bear.

There is NOTHING like the presence of God. And because Jesus Christ bore the rejection of God and was cast out from His presence (only for a time, praise God!), you and I never have to live without His glorious presence!

What a Savior!

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