So I made a post a few days ago called “The Island” and basically talked about how this little piece of land Jodi and I were on was out of control with plants and bugs. I then related some things to being green while balancing it with subduing the earth and every living thing on it as God commanded humanity at the beginning of time (check out the post for more details if you’d like, because this is related).
And perhaps you know the story: Adam and Eve have a perfect life in the Garden of Eden until they eat from a tree, which was like the only thing they weren’t supposed to do. When they ate from that tree, it seems as though a new creature was unleashed on the world.
The creature of sin.
Because if you fast-forward to the next story in the Bible, you come across the story of Cain and Abel. Perhaps you know the story: one of the two brothers worships better than the other and the one who’s worse at it gets jealous and kills the other.
Well before Cain murders Abel, God confronts him rather kindly. Such kindness is interesting since you’d think if anyone would be offended it would be God. I mean, Cain’s brought Him an offering that He has “no regard for.” But God’s gentle response in Genesis 4:6-7 is:
“Then the LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it.”
See, God seems pretty calm about the poor offering He was just given. Almost like a, “Come on dude, you can do better than that. Don’t be mad.”
But in God’s statement you saw the analogy didn’t you? You saw how “sin is crouching at the door.” You see how it’s likened to a wild animal?
Sharks are attracted by blood. Alligators are attracted by splashing. Sin is attracted by a lifestyle of “not doing well.”
Or perhaps a better way to look at it is as though sin has been crouching and prowling around like a roaring lion after us the whole time, waiting for us to not do well so it can attack when we are weak.
Ah, but we are called to “master it” (NASB). Or as another literal translation says, we “must rule over it” (ESV). For sin is a creature, and God has charged us with the mission to rule over all living things:
God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (Genesis 1:28)
From the beginning we were called to rule over it. And now, due to Jesus’ death on the cross, we have all the more power in the Holy Spirit and the sacred blood of Jesus to fight that creature with the armor of God.
Sometimes the fight is hard, but we were made strengthened by God for the battle.
We can subdue it.
And we will.
And we are.
So insert victory pose here: