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Cain and Abel ( A John Newton Poem )

28 Jun

When Adam fell he quickly lost
God’s image, which he once possessed:
See All our nature since could boast
In Cain, his first-born Son, expressed!

The sacrifice the Lord ordained
In type of the Redeemer’s blood,
Self-righteous reas’ning Cain disdained,
And thought his own first-fruits as good.

Yet rage and envy filled his mind,
When, with a fallen, downcast look,
He saw his brother favor find,
Who God’s appointed method took.

By Cain’s own hand, good Abel died,
Because the Lord approved his faith;
And, when his blood for vengeance cried,
He vainly thought to hide his death.

Such was the wicked murd’rer Cain,
And such by nature still are we,
Until by grace we’re born again,
Malicious, blind and proud, as he.

Like him the way of grace we slight,
And in our own devices trust;
Call evil good, and darkness light,
And hate and persecute the just.

The saints, in every age and place,
Have found this history fulfilled;
The numbers all our thoughts surpass
Of Abels, whom the Cains have killed!

Thus Jesus fell – but O! his blood
Far better things than Abel’s cries:
Obtains his murd’rers peace with God,
And gains them mansions in the skies.

John Newton

 
 

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8 responses to “Cain and Abel ( A John Newton Poem )

  1. lookingthroughanotherseyes

    June 28, 2014 at 4:53 am

    I don’t want a mansion Levi. I just want a little room in one of God’s houses in Heaven and despite my sins I truly do believe He will grant me at least that.

    Being Born again which I am and is so beautiful, doesn’t mean we stop being human does it? We are all weak, each and everyone of us. We do our very best but only The Lord really knows us. Life is beautiful but if you are a Christian it is NEVER an easy walk.

    Still, it is one I wouldn’t swap for anything. Thank you for the reminder that comes from this poem my friend.

    Wishing you a lovely weekend.

    Blessed be, Su x

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    • Levi Thetford

      June 28, 2014 at 5:01 am

      Good morning Su. You’re right, there are any of us perfect in this human life. That’s what being a Christian is. By our faith in Christ He becomes our perfect substitute before the Father because we are sinners. Once we believe, we want to please a Him out of gratitude for what He’s done for us. Does this help you? Great weekend to you to Su. πŸ˜€

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  2. lookingthroughanotherseyes

    June 28, 2014 at 5:21 am

    Indeed it does, I totally understand where you are coming from. My Faith in The Lord is my cornerstone and it is unshakable. Only once in 37 years have I felt “In The Wilderness” it lasted about 18 months and in all that time I never once gave up speaking, praying and thanking Him for the lessons. I also think He has a great sense of humour too, I’ve witnessed it many times.

    Keep up the great work you do my friend.
    Su x

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    • Levi Thetford

      June 28, 2014 at 5:30 am

      I’m glad to hear your testimony, Su. Thanks so much!!!

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  3. Shawny Lou

    June 28, 2014 at 10:35 am

    “Call evil good, and darkness light
    And hate and persecute the just.”

    This line struck me. It’s an epidemic in this world. I’m grateful to know that God is just and His righteousness will ultimately prevail.

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    • Levi Thetford

      June 28, 2014 at 11:28 am

      Amen, Shawny. And it shall!!! Great weekend to you!!πŸ˜€

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  4. Garden Walk Garden Talk

    June 28, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    Did you post this for me Levi? I know I have lots of questions on why man does evil. It is so hard to accept but I do realize there is a reason that really dates back to our beginning. I did enjoy the poem.

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    • Levi Thetford

      June 28, 2014 at 10:04 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed it. I guess it was just for you. πŸ˜€. I think you’ve answered your own question. It does go all the way back to the beginning and the Fall of Adam. Were it not for grace we would have no chance. Have a great rest of the weekend.

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