Faith in God: True Examples of God (A 14-Day Experience) (Day 2)

Hebrews 11:4, “By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead still speaks.”

This is a story about 2 brothers.  The first 2 brothers in history.  These 2 brothers put “sibling rivalry” to an all-time new level (and there was not even a bar set at that point).  Their relationship provides several lessons in which to learn from.

Lesson #1.  Kindness to your fellow man.  These 2 brothers were required to give a sacrifice to God.  Since Cain was a crop farmer, he brought his fruit (or vegetables) that he had grown.  Abel was a keeper of sheep so a sheep of the firstborn was what he brought.  Abel’s sacrifice was deemed better by God than Cain’s.  Instead of being kind and congratulating his brother, Cain got jealous and decided to kill his brother Abel.  Kindness would have prevented a senseless murder.

Lesson #2.  Listen to God.  When Abel brought the firstborn of his herd, he brought the very best of what he had.  Cain brought a sacrifice but it was not the best that he could bring.  When we are giving to God, we need to give to God of our very best, not the table scraps that we do not want.  If the 2 brothers would have listened, no one would have been jealous and no one would have died.  There would have been 2 people who followed God fully.

Lesson #3. Avoid Satan and his evil.  As the sacrifices were being brought, Satan was there to make sure that he made his mark.  Abel was following God and Cain was not.  This is evident by the quality of gift brought to God.  Satan got in the ear of Cain and told him that he did not have to give of his best.  Then he got more and more in there to convince him to kill his own brother.  Satan meant to limit God’s creation but this is not outside of God’s plan.  The point is when you hear Satan, run the other way.  Run to God and follow Him.

Due to the excellent sacrifice, Abel obtained a record of his righteousness from God. Due to Cain’s improper sacrifice, he is known by that and also known as the first murderer in human history. Even in death, the very being of Abel cried out because of God. God spoke of the greatness that Abel did even though Abel was dead. Cain would go on to be cursed for the rest of his life.
 
Abel finds his name in the big chapter of faith in Hebrews. Why? Because he had to know how his brother was and still chose to honor and do as God said. I find it hard to believe that Cain just all of a sudden acted like this. I am sure that he had an anger streak and a jealous streak. It is not recorded but based on his actions, I find it to be plausible. During the “talk” with his brother, Abel more than likely told his brother that he should have brought a better sacrifice and to listen to God. He probably witnessed to Cain. Knowing that Cain would be mad at the correction, Abel had faith in God and chose God. For this, Abel is remembered for his faith in the face of death.
 
Heavenly Father,
 
I pray that we have faith like Abel. In the face of danger and even death, I pray that we do not waver from You, Lord. You are worth far more than anything, to include our life. A life lived for You is far sweeter than any honey. A life for You is everything. We owe it all to You. The best of what we can offer You is still filthy rags. What we can do is nothing compared to all You have done. I pray that You change the hearts of those who don’t have faith in You. I also pray over the mission of those who are in all the corners of the world, preaching and teaching Your name.
 
It is in Your name that we always love and pray,
 
Amen
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