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Sin Personified: Cain's Sin in Genesis 4:6-7

The story of “Cain and Abel” is one of the most famous stories in the whole Bible. Abel gave the first of his flocks in his sacrifice to God, while Cain did not give the first-fruits of his crop- he gave the leftovers. When God rejected Cain’s sacrifice, he becomes angry. Here, God uses one of the most interesting descriptions of sin in the Bible- sin is personified as “crouching at the door”.  “Why are you angry, and why has your face fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is [for] you, but you must rule over it.” Genesis 4:6-7  But what does this really mean? Let’s take a look at what this means, what it doesn’t mean (you may be surprised) and how this applies to life today.  Cain’s Sunken Face  “Why are you angry, and why has your face fallen ?” Gen 4:6   Verse 5(b) of Genesis 4 describes how Cain’s “had fallen”, "For Cain and his offering he had no regard. So Cain was very angry, a