For the last month or two I’ve been surrounded by the story of Cain and Abel. I’ve read it over and over. I’ve researched it and studied it. I’ve journaled it and taken copious notes on the brothers. I initially started studying this story as research for a novel I’m working on but as I got deeper in to it there were three main lessons that really spoke to me.
Always give your best to God
No one really knows why God accepted Abel’s sacrifice and rejected Cain’s. Some people speculate that they offered sacrifices to God in hopes of receiving God’s favor and being allowed to marry their wife of choice. We know from the Bible that Abel gave a sacrifice of the fat parts of his best lamps. We only know that Cain offered from his crops. Why would the Bible specify what Abel offered and not specify what Cain offered? There are those that speculate that Cain didn’t offer his best to God and that is why God rejected his sacrifice.
When you give of yourself to God, do you give Him your very best?
If we listen, God warns
In Genesis 4:6-7 God warns Cain about the wickedness in his heart.
The LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why has your face fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it.”
Cain spoke to Abel his brother. And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel and killed him. Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper?” And the Lord said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to me from the ground.
God warned Cain that his if he did not conquer his anger it would lead to sin which would destroy him but Cain didn’t listen. Instead, he immediately spoke to Abel and led him to his death. Now, for most of us our disobedience doesn’t lead to us murdering someone but it can lead to negative consequences and hardships.
How many times has God warned you and you didn’t listen?
We can’t hide our sins from God
In the story of Cain and Abel, Cain leads Abel away and in to the field after being admonished by God for his anger. It is after they went to the field that Cain killed his brother. In Genesis 4:9-10 God speaks to Cain:
Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper?”
And the Lord said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to me from the ground.
God knew that Cain killed Abel before he asked him about his brother. He knew, he asked, and Cain lied to him. He thought that he could keep a secret from God and hide what he had done but he couldn’t. God knows our sins whether we decide to own up to them or not.
What do you think of the story of Cain and Abel?