• Kemi Kodja

Bible Study: Genesis 4 + 5

I found Genesis 4 especially relevant to these times we're living in and overall these chapters made me reflect about the state of our world and how I can be and do better.

Genesis 4:7 "If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it."

Notes and Reflections:

  • What stood out to me from this verse was the part about sin desiring us and us having to rule over it.

  • I was recently talking to my coworker about how the minute you start trying to get closer to God, it feels like the devil is on overdrive working to bring you back to the life of sin. It sometimes literally feels like you're being wooed by sin so the verse saying that sin desires us made sense.

  • Everyday in our world, especially with the tensions that currently exist, it is easy to let our flesh take over and be tempted to react out of emotion, but we must fight it.

  • I have been seeing signs that I need to start working on controlling my flesh and not letting it rule over me and seeing this is yet another confirmation. We must rule over sin and not allow it to rule over us.

Day-Day Life Application:

  • I have to work on controlling my flesh and not letting its desires rule over me.

Genesis 4:9 "Then the Lord said to Cain, "Where is your brother Abel?""I don't know," he replied. "Am I my brother's keeper?"

Notes and Reflections:

  • What stood out to me from this verse is Cain's response to God: "Am I my brother's keeper?"

  • That statement shows such a lack of remorse and concern for what he did. And to think that Cain and Abel were only the second generation of people on earth; it’s sad how our world started out dark from the beginning of time and each generation just darkened it a little more.

  • Anytime I hear about murders, especially between siblings, it just feels like the ultimate act of betrayal because as siblings, no matter how much you may fight, you're supposed to have each other's backs.

  • But even applying that line "Am I my brother's keeper?" to this world, I think it's unfortunate that we live in a self-centered society where we are mainly worried about ourselves and if something doesn't affect us personally, we don't necessarily care about it.

  • This verse makes me really think about ways I can start being proactive about being my brothers' keeper, not just my biological brothers, but my fellow humans.

Day-Day Life Application:

  • I will actively try to help other people and educate myself about issues that affect not just myself and my loved ones but others as well.

  • I will look out for other people when they're in distress and help however I can.

  • I will take responsibility for my actions and apologize when I've wronged others.

Genesis 4:15 "But the Lord said to him, "Not so; anyone who kills Cain will suffer vengeance seven times over." Then the Lord put a mark on Cain so that no one who found him would kill him."

Notes and Reflections:

  • I'm always amazed at God's grace for us when I read the Word. Even though Cain had done the unthinkable and murdered his brother and showed complete lack of remorse when God questioned him about it, God is still looking out for him - even protecting him from the world.

  • If you ever felt like you were not worthy of God's love or protection because of your sin, I hope this serves as a reminder that even when God is unhappy with us, He still looks out for us.

Day-Day Life Application:

  • I will remember that God's grace is endless and that no matter what, He will always look out for me if I come to Him.

Genesis 5:1 "This is the written account of Adam's family line. When God created mankind, he made them in the likeness of God."

Notes and Reflections:

  • I loved this reminder that we were created in the likeness of God.

Day-Day Life Application:

  • I will remember that I am created in the likeness of God.

  • That means that I am able to resist sin.

  • That means that I am fully equipped to live a Christ-like life.

Genesis 5:5 "Altogether, Adam lived a total of 930 years, and then he died."

Notes and Reflections:

  • One of the most astounding things to me about this chapter is reading about how long people lived, and seeing how with each generation, the amount of years people lived decreased.

Day-Day Life Application:

  • The amount of years that we live is written. And if with each generation, the life expectancy is decreasing, maybe we are getting closer to the Lord's return.

Have you read Genesis 4 and 5 too? What stood out to you from those chapters?

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