“In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the LORD. But Abel brought fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The LORD looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor.” (Genesis 4:3 – 5)
In part one, we saw that an offering worth offering to God is one that is accurate (hits his heart) and one that is authentic (given out of our love of putting Him first).
God respects when we bring the best of what we have to offer. Cain was a farmer that “brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord.” He brought an offering to God, it was not the best; it was second hand, leftovers. God supplied the seed, the hydration, and the sunlight to grow the fruit. God supplied the best environment that was needed to grow the fruit. Abel brought the best to the Lord. Abel was an animal keeper, most likely a shepherd that “brought fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock.” God supplied the initial animals, because unknown to Evolutionists, “the chicken did come before the egg.” God also supplied the food, water, etc… that the animals needed to grow and be healthy. I picture Abel looking at his sheep and thinking which one would God be pleased with to receive as an offering. Abel chose the top of the flock, and offered them to the Lord.
God respects when we bring our offering by faith. Hebrews 11:4 gives further insight about these two brothers as it read, “By faith Abel offered God a better sacrifice than Cain did. By faith he was commended as a righteous man, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith he still speaks, even though he is dead.” If Abel gave God his best, then how would Abel breed more healthy sheep? Abel seemed to apply wisdom in not letting his left hand know what his right hand was doing. When Abel gave his best sheep, he saw his best leaving and not being replaced immediately. Abel gave by faith, not by sight. God supplies all our needs, and I believe that as God respected Abel’s offering, God supplied a healthy vibrant flock for him. Jesus said, “For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.” In the same regards in God’s economy when we lose it (give it unto the Lord) we gain. When we try to keep it (holding back from the Lord) we lose. This was not so with Cain, who seemed to keep the best and give God the second best.
God accepts offerings from those that belong to Him. Jesus spoke about false coverts (people that think that they are saved when they are not). Jesus told many parables about this including the parable of the sower, the foolish virgins (false) and the wise virgins (genuine), the good fish (genuine) and bad fish (false), the wheat (genuine) and tares (false), the sheep (genuine) and the goats (false). It seems that Cain foreshadowed the false while Abel foreshadowed the genuine. God accepted Abel’s offering, but rejected Cain’s. A father probably wouldn’t hang another child’s drawing on his refrigerator? However, he would proudly display his own child’s drawing on it? Cain’s heart did not submit to God’s heart, even though he approached God and gave God an offering. God accepted the offering from Abel as Abel’s heart did submit to God’s heart. A son wants to please his father, and does whatever is necessary to “win” his dads approval. Perhaps we can liken Cain and Abel to Judas (false) and Peter (genuine). Both were called to lay down their lives for Jesus, but only one did. Are you bringing God your best as an offering by faith because you genuinely belong to Him? Are you bringing an offering worth offering? To be continued…
Until the nets are filled…Blessings, Pastor Phil <><