There is a wonderful lesson we can learn from just this one question Cain asks the Lord…….. Am I My Brothers Keeper?
Many years later Jesus would give a very good answer to such a question, in a way you may not consider. “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. 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. And the Lord said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper? And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground”.(Genesis 4:7-10).
Our brother’s and sister’s are the same as the question Jesus was asked by a certain lawyer: Who is my neighbor? After Jesus gives three examples on how a certain man was taken by thieves and left for dead. Jesus then asks after this story of who of three people (A Priest, A Levite, and a Good Samaritan) tended to this man correctly as a good neighbor? “Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbor unto him that fell among the thieves? And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise”.(Luke 10:36,37).
In the eyes of God our brother or sister and neighbor is anyone we meet on a day to day basis! We do not just help those of the flesh family we’re born into, but anyone in need is considered family when we do his will. Jesus knew full well who his earthly family was, But when asked to step outside to speak to his Mother and brethren he goes on to teach us whosoever does the will of God is of his Spiritual family. “And the multitude sat about him, and they said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren without seek for thee. And he answered them, saying, Who is my mother, or my brethren? And he looked round about on them which sat about him, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother”.(Mark 3:32-35).
We learn that flesh and blood cannot inherit heaven, and this is why to repent and be born again is vital to anyone who wants to live eternally with God and their Saviour the Lord Jesus Christ. To stay carnally minded is death and to be spiritually minded is LIFE! “Now this I say, brethren , that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord”.(1 Corinthians 15:50,58).
WE ARE OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS KEEPER, AND OUR NEIGHBOR’S AS WELL!