DAILY WORD 8/10/20
4. It was by faith that Abel brought a more acceptable offering to God than Cain did. Abel’s offering gave evidence that he was a righteous man, and God showed his approval of his gifts. Although Abel is long dead, he still speaks to us by his example of faith.
Hebrews 11:4 NLT
Today’s passage continues on with the author of Hebrew’s explanation of what a Christian’s Faith looks like. He goes through the entirety of the Word up to that point and profiles Faith through the actions and obedience of the Patriarchs of our System of Beliefs.
My intention is to go through each individual profile separately to give all of them the time and attention they deserve. The first person the author chooses to highlight is Abel, the second-born son of Adam.
If you know your Word, you know the story of Cain and Abel but let’s pretend you’ve never heard the story before and give you a little background on why Abel’s Faith is the first to be given credence to in this passage.
After Adam and Eve’s failure in the Garden of Eden due to Lucifer’s Temptation, the Curse that ensued, and their subsequent dismissal from the premises, they had two sons. Cain was the firstborn and then there was Abel who came next.
Cain was a farmer who tilled the land and brought forth fruit, vegetables, and grain, while Abel was a shepherd who provided “Meat”. One day, God called to the two of them and told them to offer Him a Sacrifice to Honor Him. Cain offered God the first fruits of his crops while Abel offered God a perfect lamb, a blood sacrifice.
God rejected Cain’s offering while accepting Abel’s sacrifice of a life and the blood that came along with it. Now, I’ve always wondered why God did not accept Cain’s offering. It was the best he had and he was doing what he knew to do. It wasn’t as if God told them what He wanted as an offering but still, Cain’s offering was rejected.
Through my many years of Bible Study and through God’s Revelation, I’ve come to understand that it has to do with two things. The first has to do with the two words themselves; offering and sacrifice.
While Cain’s offering was the best of what he was good at it came with no real commitment, no relinquishment of anything he really needed or loved. There also may well have been an issue of attitude that was never addressed in the Scriptures.
God indeed knows the heart of man and when we offer Him our sacrifices, He Knows if we are holding something back from Him, whether we admit it or not.
The second part of the rejection of Cain’s offering and Abel’s sacrifice has to do with the significance of blood, which is a large part of what this Book is all about in the first place.
In order for God to Cover Adam and Eve’s newly realized nakedness once they had eaten the Fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil in the Garden, He clothed them with skins.
Where do you think those skins came from? They had to have come from an animal and it only stands to reason that the animal had to have been killed for them to be wearing its skin. God Sacrificed the life of an animal to cover the sins of Adam and Eve. Are you beginning to see a trend here?
Much like Abel when he sacrificed his lamb for God’s First Offering, there had to have been some emotional content to the killing of the animals that constituted the skins God Covered Adam and Eve’s sin and nakedness with. They weren’t just clothes, there were Love and Loss involved in both of these Sacrifices.
God asked for an offering from His children to see if they understood the significance of blood. This is a direct correlation to His Own Coming Sacrifice which we covered so extensively in the preceding Chapters but you also cannot forget how He chose to Save the Children of Israel from the Angel of Death that took the firstborn from all of the Land of Egypt in Moses’s day.
Blood was required for their salvation which constituted the first Passover. This is the recurring theme throughout the Word of God. In order for sin to be Covered, Blood must be Shed. This is why Jesus’s Sacrifice was so vitally important and why Cain’s offering was rejected while Abel’s was accepted.
God was making a Point that would resound throughout the entirety of history. For mankind to be covered; blood is required. Abel’s Faith stemmed from his understanding of this essential precept of God’s Law. This was the Beginning of our Faith and the Start of a New Understanding of What and Who God really is.
As we continue on through this Chapter, we will uncover more of what Faith entails, and through these discoveries, hopefully, it will bring us to a Better Understanding of how to Truly Please God through the proper application of our Faith.
Have a Marvelous Monday and Stay Safe out there!