The Sixties Radical

After Adam and Eve disobeyed G-d they had a chance for redemption if they asked G-d forgiven them for their sin. G-d gave Adam and Eve the opportunity to repent. They didn’t and thus Adam and Eve were banished from the Garden.

Cain was given the same opportunity to repent properly. Cain didn’t.

These are key teaching moments from G-d. HaShem gave Cain a second chance to make the correct offering. Cain didn’t. G-d was correcting Cain and Cain didn’t respond properly to quote my teacher Pastor Steve Gray World Revival Church.

This means I must kill off all pride and ego in my life. For this blocks me from the G-d’s guidance and thus I am cutting myself off from G-d. I am making a G-d of self and this will destroy my life.

Adam and Eve, Cain are just some of the examples of what happens to a person when they refuse to admit their wrongs.

Pride is a killer. I know for I have traveled down that road and it almost killed if it wasn’t for me turning back G-d and begging HIM to forgive me.

“Had they repented properly, Adam and Eve would have been forgiven and been allowed to remain in the Garden of Eden. But since they did not rise to the occasion, they were banished from it. Their firstborn child, Cain, was presented with a similar opportunity after killing his brother Abel when G d accepted Abel’s offering but not Cain’s.

[G‑d told Cain,] “If you improve, you will be forgiven.” Genesis 4:7

Cain’s true failure was that he did not learn from G‑d’s positive response to Abel, who had offered up the choicest of his animals. Had Cain presented a second offering, this time from the choicest of his crop, G‑d would have forgiven him and accepted it. G‑d here tried to teach him that if an individual learns from his errors, his slate can be wiped clean. However, Cain refused to admit his error. Convinced of the rightness of his action, he felt that if Abel were eliminated, his own view would necessarily prevail.

Our challenge, as well, is to learn from our failures, rather than to stubbornly refuse to admit them and even rationalize them. By learning from our failures, we can transform every one of them into an impetus for further spiritual growth.1 Likutei Sichot, vol. 15, p. 22.