Flipping a Coin
If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him. ~Genesis 4:7
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you did not know what to choose, and someone told you to flip a coin? The idea behind flipping a coin is that when someone is at a crossroads in making a difficult decision, the flipping of a coin makes the decision for him. Using a nickel as an example, if it lands on its head, the decision is yes. If the nickel ends up on its tail, the decision is no. Flipping a coin leaves the decision to which side the coin falls upon and not to a set of principles and guidelines that soundly direct our decision. This morning, let us see the importance of making the right decision ahead of time when it comes to obeying God.
We see a premeditated undertaking.
Cain and his brother, Abel, had been taught that they were to bring a blood sacrifice as an offering for their respective sins. God taught them that one innocent lamb would have to die for each man’s sins. Instead, Cain brought to God of the fruit of the ground as his offering. As a farmer, Cain was proud of what he grew and decided that he would give of his fruit as an offering. He knew what God required of him, but he brought what he thought was pleasing to God. He did not bring of the fruit of the ground in ignorance. He brought of this fruit knowing full well that God required a blood sacrifice.
We see a painful unacceptance.
We are told that the Lord had not respect unto Cain and his offering. God rejected his offering. God would not accept it. Cain’s offering of the fruit of the ground was taking his good works and trying to appease God’s righteousness with his deeds. The Bible tells us that “all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags.” Our good works are not good enough. Our sinful condition makes us so that no matter how much good we try to do, good works cannot and will not atone for our sins. Just as God rejected Cain’s deeds, God rejects all good works for salvation.
We see a personal unfulfillment.
Cain was wroth and his countenance fell. He went from having anger to being filled with wrath. Wrath is anger that is boiling over. It is anger uncontrolled. It is anger that seeks revenge and retaliation. He was angry with Abel, but more than this, he was angry with God! When God tells us that we are disobedient, we have one of two ways to choose: be obedient or continue to be disobedient.
We see a profound understanding.
So, God told Cain, “If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door.” Which side of the coin will Cain choose? God confronted Cain about his sin. He told him that if he does well, he will be accepted. If he does not well, sin is knocking at his door. God made it very clear to him: obey Me and bring a sacrifice the way I require, or if you disobey, sin is at your door. I wonder how many Christians are at a place in life where they need to decide to obey or disobey. If you disobey, sin is at your door, waiting to come in.