Man and woman, once in perfect relationship with their good King, once secure in love and acceptance, now lived in a new way. Instead of knowing unbroken relationship with their King, they now lived in shame and distrust. Could this good King still love them?
The heart of the good King must have broken that day. Someone told a lie about him and instead of trusting in him and his character, man and woman said, “Yes,” to this lie. Think about it. Have you ever had someone believe a lie about you? Have your motives ever been questioned? Has someone ever accused you of something and a person you loved chose to believe the message, rather than trusting in your character?
It is a sting that runs deep.
The good King must have cried that day.
He wanted his relationship with man and woman to be once again unified. He wanted man and woman to believe. He wanted them to know truth. Not because he was a cruel and controlling king… NO! but because He was and still is a good King!
Man and woman time and again could have chosen to believe in the good King and his truth, but time and again man and woman operated out of belief in a lie, rather than the truth.
Man and woman started a family and their family grew. As they parented their children they did so not out of a place of acceptance, but out of unacceptability and shame. Man and woman, Adam and Eve, had two sons, Cain and Able. Cain and Able were brought up under the lie of shame and unacceptability. Cain and Able grew up under the lie that the good King is to be questioned and often not trusted. This lie formed them. (This lie forms us)
Therefore, as Cain and Able grew, they too adopted the lie of shame, unacceptability and questioning the character of the good King. The good King had put some practices in order as a continual reminder that he was good and he was King. Men and women would participate in these practices to realign themselves with the truth, choosing to believe and to remember the goodness of the King and to mend the separation between them.
One of these practices was in the form of offering a sacrifice. To entrust the fruit of one’s labor to the good King. To entrust the good King with the very best, believing that he would meet their needs and care for them! By sacrificing their first fruits, men and women would say with their actions that they believe in the good King and that He is worth their very very best!
Cain and Able brought their fruit to the good King. The King recognized that Able had brought an offering of trust, belief and sacrifice, but Cain had not. Cain held out on the good King. Cain chose to believe that the fruit of his work was more important than his belief. The good King, told Cain that his sacrifice was not worthy.
Cain flared with anger, for he knew that his brother’s sacrifice was acceptable.
Cain felt the sting of his unbelief, feeling his shame, feeling his unacceptability, all based on the lie from which he lived and compared his offering to that of his brother’s and anger burned within him.
Cain gave into the lie of comparison and took matters into his own hands! And Cain killed Able.
(Breathe: read that again. Cain felt the sting of his unbelief, feeling his shame, feeling his unacceptability, all based on the lie from which he lived and compared his offering to that of his brother’s and anger burned within him. Cain gave into the lie of comparison and took matters into his own hand! And, Cain killed Able. (Tears fill my eyes as I type. The lie is thick and the result so tragic! Shame, Unacceptability, Blame and Comparison put into action led to death… ))
Just like blame, comparison is the birth child of shame and unacceptability.
When Adam and Eve believed the lie, when they turned on the good King and turned on His creation (themselves) everything changed and now the once peaceful, unified, acceptable, perfect life was marred with deceit, blame, comparison, and murder… all stemming from shame and unacceptability and distrust in the good King.
How has your life been marred by these same lies?
Do you believe that God is good? Do you believe that God is King?
How does your belief o the good King effect the way you treat those around you?