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Being A Brother's Keeper

"Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another ----- and all the more as you see the Day approaching" (Heb.10:23-25).

If my crossword puzzles are to be believed, Cain was not only the first person to be born in the world, but the first to commit a murder. His younger brother Abel was the first victim. When confronted by the whereabouts of his brother by God, Cain doubled-down on his first sin by lying to Him. "I don't know", he replied was his response, and then those famous words that echo through the corridors of time came out... "Am I my brother's keeper?" (Gen.4:9). Cain's reply was a protest of sorts against God's right to hold him accountable for his brother. In many ways, his statement echoes the sentiment of our self-centered world. Cain is suggesting that he is not responsible for what happens to anyone else. This was not true for Cain, nor has it ever been true for anyone. In 1968, Joan Baez recorded an album entitled "Baptism." On it was the song, "No Man Is An Island." Here are some of the words... "No man is an island, no man stands alone. Each man's joy is joy to me, each man's grief is my own. We need one another, so I will defend. Each man as my brother, each man as my friend..." The Word of God makes it clear that we are our brother's keeper in many ways... As we think of this in a very broad sense, in a world filled with so many people, who actually is our brother? In a way, everyone is, but as we study discipleship within the Lord, the statement becomes more crystallized... I think that today's verses bring God's real plan for us into a sharp focus. The verse tell us that we certainly have some responsibilities toward those that are members together in the body of Christ. God wants us all to be in that body... This week, I would like us to consider some of the responsibilities and obligations that we have toward our brethren.. I hope we all learn from it...

Have a great start to your week... Begin it with a RAK or two.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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