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The award-winning author John Steinbeck often used biblical themes in his novels. In his book East of Eden, he describes characters who illustrate the conflict of jealousy and revenge reflected in the story of Cain and Abel. Steinbeck shows how an angry heart burning with revenge doesn’t have to act a certain way. There’s always a choice.
When Abel’s animal sacrifice received divine favor and Cain’s offering of fruit was rejected, Cain burned with anger (Genesis 4:1-6 )). But the Lord admonished him, “Sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.” (Genesis 4:7) The original Hebrew words paint the picture of an animal crouching, ready to devour its prey. Cain’s anger and jealousy, if not brought under control, would “eat him up” and spill out in destructive behavior. Tragically, Cain gave in to his evil desires. It resulted in the first homicide and his departure from the presence of the Lord (Genesis 4:8-16).
I am dumbfounded how many people have murderous violent reactions in encounters with other people. Anger is only one letter away from danger. Here are just three examples. On May 4, 2020 “A woman, her adult son and husband have been charged in the fatal shooting of a security guard who refused to let her daughter enter a Family Dollar in Michigan because she was not wearing a face mask to protect against transmission of the coronavirus.” (https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/5/4/us-security-guard-murdered-following-argument-over-face-mask) “A man and his wife have been arrested in the fatal shooting last weekend of a 50-year-old Gardena man in front of a grocery store, authorities said. Umeir Corniche Hawkins, 38, of Los Angeles was arrested Monday on suspicion of shooting and killing Jerry Lewis of Gardena as he walked away following a fight inside the Green Farm Market Sunday night, Lt. Christopher Cuff said Wednesday, July 8.” (https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/07/09/argument-over-mask-led-to-fatal-shooting-of-man-in-front-of-gardena-market-authorities-say/?preview_id=7285106) “A grand jury on Tuesday indicted the St. Louis couple who displayed guns while hundreds of racial injustice protesters marched on their private street. Al Watkins, an attorney for the couple, confirmed to The Associated Press the indictments against Mark McCloskey, 63, and Patricia McCloskey, 61.” (https://apnews.com/article/st-louis-indictments-racial-injustice-3bbed2ea6c982581e51b16123a785cfc) There is absolutely no excuse for these deaths or threatening with deathly weapons.There is absolutely no excuse for these deaths or threatening with deathly weapons.
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