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.