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God planted a garden.
And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed. (Genesis 2:8)
Cain also had the distinction of having the very first birthdate in mankind’s history.
Cain remained forever on the outside of things and continually wrestled with his own insecurity. So, in response, Cain built a city, constructing his own alternative reality, as a way to run from the curse. In truth, it was a denial of God and His spoken Word. Attempting self-salvation, to satisfy those gnawing longings of the soul, Cain sought to create his own enduring greatness in his own prideful way. Blaspheming the things he did not understand, Cain abandoned himself to destruction.Pride is a battle that never ceases, and the heart is the bloody battlefield. From the dawn of time, the story of human pride has marched defiantly through the corridors of history leaving the refuse of destruction and the unraveling of society.
Yet, there is hope. God’s plans are not last-minute attempts but an ancient, long-established, settled victory. Incredibly, God takes the very symbol of our rejection of him-a city built on pride- and redeems it, declaring, “You shall be called the city of righteousness, the faithful city.” (Isaiah 1:26).
What is the cost of Shalom?
God paid an unimaginable price to reconcile us back to Himself. Even while we were without hope and alienated from the life of God, “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us.” (Galatians 3:13). All of sin’s curse and punishment is taken once for all by His Son Jesus on the cross. The God we have rejected offers us redemption. “He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth.” (Isaiah 25:8).