As I read these chapters (Genesis 4-6 and Matthew 2) what leaps off the pages is the reality of sin, the reality of the existence between good and evil, and the battle that rages within heart of mankind. Sin waits for us, crouching at our doors, patiently waiting for the opportunity to strike. Man knows that there is this force called good and struggles with the reality that evil seems to prevail. This has been the case since the beginning of time and will continue until the end.
If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.”
People don’t want to accept the reality of man’s capacity to do evil. Oh, they see it all around them, they think about it, it affects their lives, but all too often when it comes to doing something about it, they put on their masks and somehow live pretending it doesn’t need to be dealt with. They refuse to accept the reality that a heart left to its own is wicked.
Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
Where does this wickedness come from? It comes from a heart that insists on doing its own thing regardless of what God wants. This is the reality of the battle. When God sent His son Jesus into the world to remedy the problem, they hated God all the more, they hated His solution to the dilemma because it meant they couldn’t do what they wanted to do anymore.
Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him.”
Are things really any different today? Certainly not! People are still angry with the God of the Bible, because He doesn’t let them do what they want to do. The end result is every attempt to destroy Him. The battle between good and evil began some four thousand years ago and it rages on today.