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The Gospel in Genesis: Radical Sin

June 2, 2019 Speaker: Joe Walser Series: The Gospel In Genesis

Topic: Biblical Passage: Genesis 4:1–4:24

A definition of metastasized sin
“With irresistible power desire seizes mastery over the flesh.... It makes no difference whether it is sexual desire, or ambition, or vanity, or desire for revenge, or love of fame and power, or greed for money.... Joy in God is ... extinguished in us and we seek all our joy in the creature. At this moment God is quite unreal to us, he loses all reality, and only desire for the creature is real; ... Satan does not here fill us with hatred of God, but with forgetfulness of God.... ”
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Temptation
Martin Luther’s Definition of sin
“homo incurvatus in se: Sin is “man curved in upon himself.” Martin Luther
Genesis 4:1–7 (ESV)
Cain and Abel
4 Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore
Cain, saying, “I have gotten a man with the help of the Lord.”
And again, she bore his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, and Cain a worker of the ground. 3 In the course of time Cain brought to the Lord an offering of the fruit of the ground, 4 and Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat portions. And the Lord had regard for Abel and his offering, 5 but for Cain and his offering he had no regard. So Cain was very angry, and his face fell.
Genesis 4:1–7 (ESV)
The Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why has your face fallen? 7 If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is contrary to you, but you must rule over it.”
1. Radical sin in the soul Genesis 4:8–9 (ESV)
The Flow of Radical Evil: Sin in...
Cain spoke to Abel his brother. And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel and killed him. Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper?”
The Flow of Radical Evil: Sin in Soul and Society
1. Radical sin in the soul Genesis 4:13–14 (ESV)
Cain said to the Lord, “My punishment is greater than I can bear. 14 Behold, you have driven me today away from the ground, and from your face I shall be hidden. I shall be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me.”
The Flow of Radical Evil: Sin in Soul and Society
1. Radical sin in the soul: 3 R’s: REMAIN, RADICALIZED, RUIN
• Remains unrepentant
• Radicalized in SELF-SERVICE
• Ruin of horizontal relationships: Ultimately uses (destroys)
horizontal relationships (murder)
Brene Brown and Jesus: on the trajectory of RADICAL EVIL
1. "I’m not enough”: Shame
2. “If I am honest...they will use it against me”: Unrepentant
3. “No way I am going to be honest about this. No one else does
it. Why do I have to put myself out there”: recalcitrant...I will
never repent
4. “Yea. (To heck with them)...they have plenty of issues”: Ruin
of relationships
5. “It’s actually their issues and shortcomings the make me act
this way. This is their fault and they’re trying to blame me...”:
Sin gives birth to radical SELF-SERVICE
6. “In fact.... I am better than them”: Murder in seed form
The Flow of Radical Evil: Sin in Soul and Society
1. Radical sin in the soul FLOWS to radical sin in society
• The FLOW is not life, it is oppression
• The FLOW is not service and care, but violence
Genesis 4:23–24 (ESV)
Lamech said to his wives:
“Adah and Zillah, hear my voice; you wives of Lamech, listen to what I say: I have killed a man for wounding me, a young man for striking me. If Cain’s revenge is sevenfold, then Lamech’s is seventy-sevenfold.”
1. Choose
2. Repent and believe (the gospel) 
3. Check you FLOW
Communion Congregation Reading
Deuteronomy 30:18–20 (ESV)
I declare to you today, that you shall surely perish. You shall not live long in the land that you are going over the Jordan to enter and possess. 19 I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live, 20 loving the Lord your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, for he is your life and length of days, that you may dwell in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.”