thought he was better than Abel.
thought his very purpose on earth was to rescue his family so they could return
to the Garden of Eden. He was raised to
believe that he was the one who would crush the head of the serpent because he
was their first seed. Cain was their
ticket to a better life. He saw his little brother as a smaller person than he
was. Cain believed he had more
importance than his brother Abel did.
angered him that God rejected his offering.
Suddenly there was an outward judgment that Cain was not better than
Lord was trying to get Cain to step down from his throne. He was attempting to help Cain understand that
he was not superior to his brother.
Then the LORD said to Cain, "Why are you angry? Why is your face
downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not
do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but
you must master it."
was saying this: Son you have no reason
to be angry. You have no reason to be
depressed. If you do what is right – if you step down from your throne of
superiority – all will be made right.
This pressure you feel will subside.
But now that I’ve revealed to you that you are believing a lie, sin is
ready to seize you. Now that you know
the truth – you have a choice. Be the
master over sin but not the master over your brother.
chose rebellion. He chose to put his
beliefs over Gods. Instead of mastering
his sin, he chose to make himself the master over his brother and killed
him. In Cain’s anger and depression, he
refused God’s invitation to step off of the throne -- and Cain became a bully.
didn’t want the identity that God was giving him. He didn’t want his true birthright of the
firstborn of creation. He wanted to be
the savior of creation, like he was led to believe. In Cain’s mind, he didn’t have value unless
he was on the throne and superior to his brother. He wanted to be exalted. If no one else would worship him as the
savior, he would take matters into his own hands and manipulate the situation. Instead of humbling himself, he mastered over
his brother and murdered him.
takes the exact opposite stance that Christ did. When the world would not accept Christ as the
Savior, Christ gave himself up and took on the nature of a servant.
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility
consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to
your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should
be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not
consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing,
taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being
found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death--
even death on a cross!
humility, the King of Kings became our servant.
Jesus did not try to be equal to God the way Cain did. He made himself nothing, and even allowed
others to murder him.
refused to consider others better than himself.
He rebelled against the birthright that God had given him. He wanted to be served, instead of serving
others. He wanted to be the Master.
revelation, though it seems simplistic, is the root of so many issues in
today’s society. It is the sin of
sin of Mastery is the way of Cain.
Considering yourself better than others is the same as considering
yourself the Master of another. Wanting
to be considered the savior and be seated on a throne, is the sin of Mastery.
human that God has created is better than another. No human being is the Master of another.
are not better if we are rich. We are
not better if we are poor. We are not
better because we live in a specific country.
We are not better if we wear certain clothes. We are not better if we have more knowledge
about the Kingdom of God.
gender is not above the other. One race
is not above another. One brother is not
sin of Mastery is the root of all wars.
Mastery is the root of racism, slavery, misogyny, hatred, murder, rape, classism,
nationalism and religion-ism.
accepting one’s birthright identity is the beginning of the sin of Mastery.
From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the
whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places
where they should live.
we do not accept this verse as truth, we are rebelling against God. When we do not receive the identity that God
gives us, we are telling Him that His plans are not good enough.
people born within the most terrible conditions have been determined by
God. Every single person has the power
to pursue freedom. I have known and
mentored people from extraordinarily grim pasts. Many of these people question God about why
He placed them in such a dark family.
The answer I have seen the Spirit of God give to them is that He placed
them to be missionaries for Christ inside a generational line that needed His
was someone who was not happy with his birthright. He did not want to accept the fact that he
was born according to the flesh. If
Ishmael and his mother had accepted his birthright, they would have never been
cast away from Abraham’s community. When
Isaac, the son of the promise was weaned and celebrated, Hagar began to mock him.
(Gen. 21:8-9) To allow this mocking to
continue would have affected the birthright of Isaac.
God had to deliver Ishmael away from Abraham and Isaac. Ishmael was led to believe for a period of
time that he was the promised child.
When it was revealed that Ishmael was given a wrong identity, Hagar
began to mock the plan of God.
lie Hagar believed was that having her son as the “savior” gave her value. The truth is that she had value in the eyes
of God because she was His creation.
Being content with the identity that God gives you is the first step
toward peace with God. It is the command that God gave to Cain - “do what is
right.” (Genesis 3:6) Be who I created
you to be.
could have led humanity into a glorious future.
If he would have stepped down off the throne and chosen humility and
accepted his birthright he would have been exalted in the eyes of humanity as
the First Born. Instead wanted to become
equal with God by determining his own identity.
You turn things upside down, as if the potter were thought to be
like the clay! Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, "You did
not make me"? Can the pot say to the potter, "You know nothing"?
But doom to you who fight your Maker - you're a pot at odds with the
potter! Does clay talk back to the potter: 'What are you doing? What clumsy
and Hagar could have had a fortunate life if they had submitted to the
birthright Ishmael was given. He could
have been brothers with Isaac and two nations could have been friends instead
of enemies. The sons of Ishmael are
still at war with the sons of Isaac because the Ishmaelites will STILL not
accept their birthright.
was not “better” than Ishmael. Ishmael
was not a “lesser” human being to his Creator.
He simply was not the one through whom the covenant would come. God actually had to preserve a generational
line to bring Christ the Messiah through.
Isaac had his purpose in the fabric of history. The Lord also had a purpose for Ishmael, he
became the father of a great nation.
purpose would eventually lead to Ishmael’s salvation. When Christ came he broke down the dividing
wall between Jew and Gentile creating one new man. (Eph. 2)
of Isaac’s purpose was to protect the generational line that would lead to the
fulfillment of the very first prophecy ever given. Jesus, the seed of woman, came to crush the
head of the serpent once and for all.
Not just for the Jews but for all of humanity.
like Cain, could not see how his part in the fabric of history would play out.
Instead of making the decision to be content with who God created them to be –
they rebelled against their God-given identity.
Shall what is formed say to him who formed it, “Why did you make me
like this?” Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of
clay some pottery for noble purposes and some for common use?
and common uses do not play into our identity.
A king and a washerwoman have the same value to God. They each simply need to play out their
God-given purpose on earth. The reward
in heaven will not be more for the king than it will be for the
washerwoman. We will be rewarded
according to how much we loved. A
washerwoman’s eternal reward could surpass that of a king if she was more
faithful with the talent she was given.
lawyer and a janitor have the same value to God. A general and a private are both necessary to
form an army. A shepherd is nothing
without sheep. A king is nothing without
a kingdom of people. If our purpose is
one of nobility, we will be measured by our love. If our purpose is one of common use, we will
be measured by our love. We must become content with our birthright.
and considering ourselves the master of others will only bring pain and suffering
both here on earth and when we stand before the Lord on Judgment Day.
Steps to Wholeness:
you recognize that you are not at peace with the birthright that God has given
you, ask the Lord for His mercy and grace to begin to lay down the rebellion you
this prayer: God I want the fullness of
the birthright you have given me. I ask
forgiveness for rebelling against who you created me to be. Forgive me for the sin of mastery. You are my Master and I submit to your
choices for my life. I ask for help to
overcome the generational sins in my blood line. Help me to deprogram from the lies I have
bought from the enemy.
are the potter. I am the clay. Mold me and fashion me as You see fit.
Jesus Name, AMEN