February 16, 2020
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In the midst of the sin of Adam and Eve, God promised a unique seed that would result in the death blow to the serpent, the Devil. The Scriptures now provide an account of two kingdoms functioning side by side; the kingdom ruled by Satan and God’s universal kingdom. Amazingly, not everything that comes out of Satan’s kingdom is dreadful, in fact, many developments and advances of the antediluvian period are still in full use today. But, even good inventions and activities of sinners can progress downward into outright idolatry.
How are we then to perceive the theme of Satan’s kingdom? The answer is realized in Genesis 4:16, “Then Cain went away from the presence of the Lord.” This explains why it is so important that all believers live their life from God’s perspective in his presence. Those living without Christ, are living life from Satan’s perspective, but those who have received God’s mercy and grace, “are raised up with him and seated in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus” and now are, “God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works.”
The progression and contrast of early civilization:
I. The progression of civilization – Genesis 4:17-22
II. The progression of corruption – Genesis 4:23-24
III. The contrast of the converted – Genesis 4:25-26