Teacher’s Choice – “Mercy Rejoices Against Judgment”

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“Mercy Rejoices Against Judgment”

[Dennis Crabtree – Posted 6/24/19]

Gen 4:1  And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD.
Gen 4:2  And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.
Gen 4:3  And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.
Gen 4:4  And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:
Gen 4:5  But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.
Gen 4:6  And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?
Gen 4:7  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.
Gen 4:8  And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.
Gen 4:9  And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper?
Gen 4:10  And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground.
Gen 4:11  And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand;
Gen 4:12  When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.
Gen 4:13  And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear.
Gen 4:14  Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me.
Gen 4:15  And the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.
Gen 4:16  And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.

First, we should all know that when Cain brought of the fruit of the ground, it represented the works of his own hands through religious practices. The fruit of the ground is from land that is tilled, planted, weeded, cut, harvested, and then made into something. Abel’s offering was from God, and was presented back to God, as fruit of God’s work, honouring God for His power to create. Abel’s hands did no work in bringing about the firstlings of the flock. The fat also was from God, as the excess that He had given His flock. Cain represents inwardly our old man who hates Christ in us and kills Him. His jealousy is so strong that anger takes over, and the wrath of man against God manifests itself in murder. The voice of the innocent blood of Christ cries to Him from our ground, and He is resurrected in us (Gen 4:25 SethH8352 – substitution), and the man of sin is put down.

Gen 4:25  And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew. 

Our ground will never produce anything good for spiritual food. Nothing will be accepted from God which has come from our ground but thorns and briars. We must remember that it took sin to bring the rain that caused everything to grow, and it was this rain that softened the ground!!  The truth of God in us, when shown who we are by the water of the word, will have us running scared our whole lives, softening us up for harvest. We will be troubled by the thorns of Babylon in the valley of the son of Hinnom, the false doctrine of an eternal hell. The next verses describe the state of our being while in Babylon.

Jer 7:8  Behold, ye trust in lying words, that cannot profit.
Jer 7:9  Will ye steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, and burn incense unto Baal, and walk after other gods whom ye know not;
Jer 7:10  And come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name, and say, We are delivered to do all these abominations? 
Jer 7:11  Is this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers in your eyes? Behold, even I have seen it, saith the LORD.
Jer 7:12  But go ye now unto my place which was in Shiloh, where I set my name at the first, and see what I did to it for the wickedness of my people Israel.
Jer 7:13  And now, because ye have done all these works, saith the LORD, and I spake unto you, rising up early and speaking, but ye heard not; and I called you, but ye answered not;
Jer 7:14  Therefore will I do unto this house, which is called by my name, wherein ye trust, and unto the place which I gave to you and to your fathers, as I have done to Shiloh.
Jer 7:15  And I will cast you out of my sight [Cain driven to the land of Nod], as I have cast out all your brethren, even the whole seed of Ephraim.
Jer 7:16  Therefore pray not thou for this people [Joh 17:9…I pray not for the world..], neither lift up cry nor prayer for them, neither make intercession to me: for I will not hear thee.
Jer 7:17  Seest thou not what they do in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem?
Jer 7:18  The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods [the fruit of the ground], that they may provoke me to anger.
Jer 7:19  Do they provoke me to anger? saith the LORD: do they not provoke themselves to the confusion of their own faces?
Jer 7:20  Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, mine anger and my fury shall be poured out upon this place, upon man, and upon beast, and upon the trees of the field, and upon the fruit of the ground [the fruit of the ground that Cain/our old man brings to God]; and it shall burn, and shall not be quenched.
Jer 7:21  Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Put your burnt offerings unto your sacrifices, and eat flesh.
Jer 7:22  For I spake not unto your fathers, nor commanded them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt offerings or sacrifices:
Jer 7:23  But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you.
Jer 7:24  But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart, and went backward, and not forward.
Jer 7:25  Since the day that your fathers came forth out of the land of Egypt unto this day I have even sent unto you all my servants the prophets, daily rising up early and sending them:
Jer 7:26  Yet they hearkened not unto me, nor inclined their ear, but hardened their neck: they did worse than their fathers.
Jer 7:27  Therefore thou shalt speak all these words unto them; but they will not hearken to thee: thou shalt also call unto them; but they will not answer thee.
Jer 7:28  But thou shalt say unto them, This is a nation that obeyeth not the voice of the LORD their God, nor receiveth correction: truth is perished, and is cut off from their mouth.
Jer 7:29  Cut off thine hair, O Jerusalem, and cast it away [our glory, 1Co 11:15  But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.], and take up a lamentation on high places; for the LORD hath rejected and forsaken the generation of his wrath.
Jer 7:30  For the children of Judah have done evil in my sight, saith the LORD: they have set their abominations in the house which is called by my name, to pollute it.
Jer 7:31  And they have built the high places of Tophet [BDB-H8612-“place of fire”], which is in the valley of the son of Hinnom [Gehenna], to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire; which I commanded them not, neither came it into my heart.
Jer 7:32  Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that it shall no more be called Tophet, nor the valley of the son of Hinnom, but the valley of slaughter: for they shall bury in Tophet, till there be no place.
Jer 7:33  And the carcases of this people shall be meat for the fowls of the heaven, and for the beasts of the earth; and none shall fray them away.
Jer 7:34  Then will I cause to cease from the cities of Judah, and from the streets of Jerusalem, the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride: for the land shall be desolate.

When we trust to our own righteousness and commit iniquity (Eze 33:13) by judging others as being less than we are, we are fulfilling these words of Jeremiah. Cain thought His offering was as good as Abel’s, as we think our fleshly offerings are as good as Christ’s offering. This is why these two verses means so much;

Gen 4:14  Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me.
Gen 4:15  And the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.

We cannot think that judging those in the world, who are bound in trials and torments, will bring about a fruit in this life. I was told for years about my sins, judged harshly by my parents and those around me, but it did no good. I rebelled more and more, and I got worse, not better. There will be a time for judging the world, but it is not now.

1Co 5:12  For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within?
1Co 5:13  But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.

1Co 6:2  Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?

We speak a great deal about those outside the body, but we do it for our learning and admonition, not for judgment. We are first admonished to judge those that are within the body. When looking at Cain and Abel and seeing them inwardly and applying it to the Body, we must remember that though God had judged Cain, no one else was allowed to do so.

Gen 4:14  Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me.
Gen 4:15  And the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.

This verse can be taken with these next verses once we see we are being judged by God in this life, as I hope we all are;

Mat 18:21  Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?
Mat 18:22  Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

We all struggle with something, we all need to be judged, we all are supposed to be holding on to each other. However, we must remember that if we bite and devour one another, we will be consumed by one another.

Gal 5:13  For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
Gal 5:14  For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
Gal 5:15  But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.

We must judge within the body and not allow these truths to be taken advantage of for the sake of the flesh. We must not allow liberty to be used for an occasion for the flesh’s lusts. The thing is, this is going to happen. We will take advantage of the liberty to which we are called, but for the purpose of destroying our flesh. God does allow us to do those things we shouldn’t for the reason of cleansing our hearts from double mindedness. He will cleanse us from loving the flesh above Him. We must live out every word, even being driven to the land of Nod, as was Cain. A land of “wandering”- H5113 (BDB). This wandering will bring us back humbled and contrite and hopefully easily entreated, like the prodigal son (Luk 15:11-32). None of us want to be that son, but in one way or another we all are him. We all look down on others and judge them harshly, and I confess I am the CHIEF OF SINNERS IN THIS AREA.

Jas 3:13  Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.
Jas 3:14  But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.
Jas 3:15  This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.
Jas 3:16  For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
Jas 3:17  But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
Jas 3:18  And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

That fruit of righteousness sown in peace comes from the trials of life, from years of disappointment and utter failure. Knowledge without wisdom is vain, and it will only puff us up and make us a Pharisee. But wisdom that comes from the knowledge of being put through the wringer is sweet and gentle to those who hear it. It is easy to judge others and look down our noses at others, but it is hard to say, “Neither do I condemn you, go and sin no more” (Joh 8:11). It should go without saying, but I am led to anyway, that we are not saying, “let’s eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.” What I am saying is we need to be patient and merciful to those in the body who are weak. We can do so when we see that their pain is our pain, their sin is our sin, their failures are our failures. This is the mind of Christ.

The one thing we should NEVER, EVER tolerate is a false doctrine. Any and all false doctrines must be dealt with fast and without mercy. There have been false doctrines among us, and there will be false doctrines among us, but when they are brought to the light, they must be dealt with immediately. If someone is confused, that’s one thing, but if someone tries to bring in false doctrine like what we just went through, it must be dealt with without mercy. After two or more admonitions they must be brought before the church by the elders, with the judgment of the elders already agreed to and put out. False doctrine cannot be tolerated. Weaknesses of the flesh, trials in marriages, trials in family, drug addictions, alcoholism, lack of faith are all things we all deal with and wrestle with and must be handled with care and understanding. Cain was judged by God for his false doctrine, but no other person could judge him or he would suffer the consequences seven-fold.  We should have that same mind when dealing with those outside the body.

Joh 20:22  And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:
Joh 20:23  Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.

Mat 18:21  Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?
Mat 18:22  Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

If we notice in the Genealogy of Adam in Genesis 5, Cain and Abel are not mentioned. It starts with Seth. As stated earlier, Seth means “substituted”- H8352. He was substituted as the firstborn because Cain was driven out and Abel was dead. It was from these two men God substituted Seth, from the two came ONE.

Gen 2:24  Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

Eph 5:31  For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.
Eph 5:32  This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

It is in this same principle, from the Gentile world and religious world, God creates One New Man.

Rom 11:11  I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.
Rom 11:12  Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness?
Rom 11:13  For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office:
Rom 11:14  If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them.
Rom 11:15  For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?
Rom 11:16  For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches.
Rom 11:17  And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree;
Rom 11:18  Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee.
Rom 11:19  Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in.
Rom 11:20  Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear:
Rom 11:21  For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee.
Rom 11:22  Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.
Rom 11:23  And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for God is able to graff them in again.
Rom 11:24  For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be graffed into their own olive tree?

So, as with Cain and Abel, our old man is driven out for killing our new man. Then from the two, Seth appears. The scripture says that from creation we are able to see the Godhead and know God;

Rom 1:19  Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
Rom 1:20  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
Rom 1:21  Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

What the flesh does with that knowledge is crucify it and make itself a sacrifice from its own hands, as did Cain. Just in this example alone we can see how Cain kills Abel in us. The name Abel is defined as “breath” in the Browns-Driver-Briggs dictionary – H1893. God spoke creation into existence by merely saying “let there be..”. So, when we despise creation by not acknowledging God, we in essence snuff out or resist the breath of God. Abel’s sacrifice found favor in the eyes of God, but Cain’s did not. Therefore Cain snuffed out the breath that testified of God being Creator of all things. I don’t have to point out sin in those in the world, their own conscience testifies against them.

Rom 2:13  (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.
Rom 2:14  For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:
Rom 2:15  Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;) 

All I am doing by telling Cain he is a murderer is heaping coals upon his head and bringing sevenfold judgment upon myself for killing him again in judgment. God has already sentenced him. He does not need me to re-sentence him. However, this is something we all do, if not outwardly then inwardly, in our hearts and minds. It is from this sevenfold judgment the majority of our own trials come. The judgment of God against me when I judge Cain, is sin in my own life which humbles me from judging those in the world. We should know from all the false doctrines that were in us individually, they are in the same boat. We need not point it out, “I speak to my own shame!” Christ is teaching me through His complete judgment, sevenfold, of me not to judge others as though there is something in me better than them. They also will be saved through my mercy as I was saved through Christ’s mercy.

Who is Israel? THE WORLD.

Rom 11:26  And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:
Rom 11:27  For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.
Rom 11:28  As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes.
Rom 11:29  For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.
Rom 11:30  For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:
Rom 11:31  Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.
Rom 11:32  For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.
Rom 11:33  O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!
Rom 11:34  For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor?
Rom 11:35  Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again?
Rom 11:36  For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.

Cain was sent to the land of “wandering” and so is every person that has ever been born. I was in the land of Nod for forty-seven years, wandering around from Baal worship to Baal worship. Sacrificing under every green tree I could find brought me no peace, but because Christ showed me mercy, I began to enter Eden, where my parents were expelled. I began to eat the Tree of Life and see that all I ever was, am or will be was predestined by the hand of my Creator. My God, Jesus Christ, created me Cain and then Abel to make me Seth. From the two being united, He made me a new man. He made me in His image, the SACRIFICE AND THE SACRIFICER. He made me to be a sacrifice and the sacrificer so that I could relate to both, and from these two be recreated into a new man, Seth, the substitute and replacement of the two, the image of the two. Through this substitute does the Genealogy start. It is seeing myself as both men God blesses me to bring forth images of Himself – not Cain, not Abel, but from the two being united, Seth. When I see the sin my Brother or Sister is taken by is sacrificing them, I can either judge them or have mercy on them. I can either see myself as them, being sacrificed, or I can judge them and be the sacrificer that yields the sword of the flesh, the law. When we see ourselves as being both, we can become the image of our Creator, The Christ. May God have mercy on us and we be given eyes to see ourselves as both. Mercy rejoices AGAINST judgment.

Jas 2:12  So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.

Jas 2:13  For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.

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