And they said, Is not this Joseph's son? The doctrine of God's sovereignty, his right to do his will, provokes proud men. 16 And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden. 35 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. 19 And Lamech took unto him two wives: the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah. The apostle had no design to urge them to give more, but to encourage such kindness as will meet a glorious reward hereafter. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. (To the Philippians written from Rome, by Epaphroditus.). The apostle was often in bonds, imprisonments, and necessities; but in all, he learned to be content, to bring his mind to his condition, and make the best of it. 12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. Thus that punishment which sinners deserve, even the death of the body, and the wrath of God, of which fire is a well-known emblem, and also the sufferings of Christ, were prefigured. 13 And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written. (1) Gives directions to some, and to all in general. He came by the word of his gospel, to bring light to those that sat in the dark, and by the power of his grace, to give sight to those that were blind. And those well deserve to perish in their sins, that will not go to the door to ask for the benefit of this sin-offering. The people sought him, and came unto him. 43 And he said unto them, I must preach the kingdom of God to other cities also: for therefore am I sent. Cain slew his brother, because his own works were evil, and his brother's righteous, #1Jo 3:12|. 7 If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine. 15 And the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. 9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you. And if we resist the devil, he will flee from us. 23 And he said unto them, Ye will surely say unto me this proverb, Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy country. Our victorious Redeemer conquered, not for himself only, but for us also. Therefore he and his offering were rejected. 8 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. A desert is no desert, if we are with Christ there. In a prosperous condition not to be proud, or secure, or worldly. Who knows the extent and weight of a Divine curse, how far it reaches, how deep it pierces? 14 Notwithstanding ye have well done, that ye did communicate with my affliction. Believers are to get and to keep a good name; a name for good things with God and good men. Where Christ gives a new life, in recovery from sickness, it should be a new life, spent more than ever in his service, to his glory. It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God. Cain slew Abel, his own brother, his own mother's son, whom he ought to have loved; his younger brother, whom he ought to have protected; a good brother, who had never done him any wrong. The peace of God, the comfortable sense of being reconciled to God, and having a part in his favour, and the hope of the heavenly blessedness, are a greater good than can be fully expressed. 42 And when it was day, he departed and went into a desert place: and the people sought him, and came unto him, and stayed him, that he should not depart from them. Through Christ we have grace to do what is good, and through him we must expect the reward; and as we have all things by him, let us do all things for him, and to his glory.20-23 The apostle ends with praises to God. 13 And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season. James 4 – The Humble Dependence of a True Faith A. God has many ways of providing for his people, and therefore is at all times to be depended upon in the way of duty. Here is one to teach about brass and iron, but none to teach the good knowledge of the Lord: here are devices how to be rich, and how to be mighty, and how to be merry; but nothing of God, of his fear and service. 5 And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. Cain complains not of his sin, but of his punishment. Christ, the great sin-offering, is said to stand at the door, #Re 3:20|. Also, that there is a future state, and an eternal recompence to be enjoyed, through faith in Christ and his atoning sacrifice. Let not any abuse of Scripture by Satan or by men abate our esteem, or cause us to abandon its use; but let us study it still, seek to know it, and seek our defence from it in all kinds of assaults. 3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it … Cain indulged malignant anger against Abel. The word of God is our sword, and faith in that word is our shield. God's grace and favour, which reconciled souls enjoy, with the whole of the graces in us, which flow from it, are all purchased for us by Christ's merit, and applied by his pleading for us; and therefore are justly called the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710. 18 And unto Enoch was born Irad: and Irad begat Mehujael: and Mehujael begat Methusael: and Methusael begat Lamech. It is a special grace to have an equal temper of mind always. 2 And she again bare his brother Abel. The Lord is at hand. The apostle exhorts the Philippians to stand fast in the Lord. As a remedy against perplexing care, constant prayer is recommended. for with authority and power he commandeth the unclean spirits, and they come out. (2-9) Expresses contentment in every condition of life. 5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. And he tells us the excellency of faith in the atoning sacrifice and blood of the Lamb of God. Thus, seeking the benefit of the new covenant of mercy, through the promised Seed, his sacrifice had a token that God accepted it. You lust and do not have. 19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. Observe, each son had a calling. Some prejudice often furnishes an objection against the humbling doctrine of the cross; and while it is the word of God that stirs up men's enmity, they will blame the conduct or manner of the speaker. So they throw off that form of godliness to which they have been a reproach, and of which they deny the power. 17 And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch. As the apostle had found the benefit of their assistance, he knew how comfortable it would be to his fellow-labourers to have the help of others. Being in all things made like unto his brethren, Jesus would, like the other children of God, live in dependence upon the Divine Providence and promise. God has wise and holy ends in prolonging the lives even of very wicked men. 22 And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. 33 And in the synagogue there was a man, which had a spirit of an unclean devil, and cried out with a loud voice. 39 And he stood over her, and rebuked the fever; and it left her: and immediately she arose and ministered unto them. 8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Joy in God is of great consequence in the Christian life; and Christians need to be again and again called to it. The temptation of Christ. Hitherto, one man had but one wife at a time; but Lamech took two. Blood calls for blood, the blood of the murdered for the blood of the murderer. Let sinners attend to the Saviour's invitation when liberty is thus proclaimed. and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. Not only stated times for prayer, but in every thing by prayer. Give them a Bible and a calling, said good Mr. Dod, and God be with them. 18 But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God. There is a care of diligence which is our duty, and agrees with a wise forecast and due concern; but there is a care of fear and distrust, which is sin and folly, and only perplexes and distracts the mind. 1. 2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. 1 And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, 2 Being forty days tempted of the devil. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. And when the devil had thrown him in the midst, he came out of him, and hurt him not. Lamech had enemies, whom he had provoked. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge … 17 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. In all ages there have been two sorts of worshippers, such as Cain and Abel; namely, proud, hardened despisers of the gospel method of salvation, who attempt to please God in ways of their own devising; and humble believers, who draw near to him in the way he has revealed. 9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. We may believe that God commanded Adam, after the fall, to shed the blood of innocent animals, and after their death to burn part or the whole of their bodies by fire. Every creature is to us what God makes it, a comfort or a cross, a blessing or a curse. 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. 19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Pride, unbelief, vain hankering after something we have not got, and fickle disrelish of present things, make men discontented even under favourable circumstances. 11 And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother's blood from thy hand; 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. We were not sent into this world to live to ourselves only, but to glorify God, and to do good in our generation. Wordly things, are the only things that carnal, wicked people set their hearts upon, and are most clever and industrious about. It was from the beginning; it is the good old way, #Jer 6:16|. 20 And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. (20-23)1 The believing hope and prospect of eternal life, should make us steady and constant in our Christian course. The apostle is for an example. And in a low state not to lose our comfort in God, nor distrust his providence, nor take any wrong course for our own supply. Christ's name was Wonderful; in nothing was he more so than in the word of his grace, and the power that went along with it. 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. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. The nature of true Christian sympathy, is not only to feel concern for our friends in their troubles, but to do what we can to help them. He cast the devils out of many who were possessed. The land Cain dwelt in was called the land of Nod, which means, 'shaking,' or 'trembling,' and so shows the restlessness and uneasiness of his own spirit, or 'the land of a vagabond:' they that depart from God cannot find rest any where else.


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