Bible Reading (Use today to catch up if you are behind schedule)
1 And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the Lord.
2 And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.
3 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord.
4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering:
5 But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.
6 And the Lord said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?
7 If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.
8 And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.
9 And the Lord said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper?
10 And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground.
11 And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand;
12 When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.
13 And Cain said unto the Lord, My punishment is greater than I can bear.
14 Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me.
15 And the Lord said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the Lord set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.
16 And Cain went out from the presence of the Lord, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.
17 And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch.
18 And unto Enoch was born Irad: and Irad begat Mehujael: and Mehujael begat Methusael: and Methusael begat Lamech.
19 And Lamech took unto him two wives: the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah.
20 And Adah bare Jabal: he was the father of such as dwell in tents, and of such as have cattle.
21 And his brother’s name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ.
22 And Zillah, she also bare Tubalcain, an instructer of every artificer in brass and iron: and the sister of Tubalcain was Naamah.
23 And Lamech said unto his wives, Adah and Zillah, Hear my voice; ye wives of Lamech, hearken unto my speech: for I have slain a man to my wounding, and a young man to my hurt.
24 If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, truly Lamech seventy and sevenfold.
25 And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew.
26 And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the Lord.
The Acceptance of my Offering
By Dominic Couvion
Genesis 4:7 If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.
In the account of Cain and Abel there is a comparison of offerings. One offering was respected by God and one was not. What were the reasons for acceptance or rejection? I know I personally give offerings to God in many different ways and if my offerings are ever rejected I want to know how to correct it. Let’s compare the offerings between Cain and Abel to see the differences.
Cain: Tiller of the ground
Abel: Keeper of sheep
I have no indications that one is better than the other, rather this is just what they did for a living.
Cain: Fruit of the ground
Abel: Firstling of his flock, and the fat thereof
This is where things start to get interesting. One description is the offering and where it came from. The second offering has more description. It’s the firstlings and the fat which is the best or richest portions.
Why didn’t Cain put any thought into his offering? It was not stated that Cain gave rotten fruit or fruit that wasn’t ripe. It just said fruit from the ground, no description good or bad. However, Abel gave the best of his flock.
I don’t think there was any hesitancy when searching through his sheep while he looked for the best one. I have a feeling there was excitement when giving his offering to God. There was no burden, there was just the intention of “I want to give the best gift I can to God.”
As I stated earlier, I give offerings to God, we all do, and I want my offering to be accepted. But, I also know that I can get complacent and just give to get it done and have no emotion in it, and I need to check myself and correct my motive when it is in question. God loves a cheerful giver. When I give with the attitude of giving my best, God loves it. God LOVES a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7). The attitude of Cain doesn’t seem that bad. He gave an offering. There are people that don’t even give offerings. But this attitude went unchecked and it progressed to killing his brother. He was chastised by God and received a punishment. The attitude further continues and he basically throws a fit and leaves the presence of God. Why didn’t he ever ask God for forgiveness? Cain could have, the punishment may have been hard but he could have stayed in the presence of God and been redeemed.
Hebrews 11:4 By faith Abel offered unto God a a more excellent sacrifice than Cain. By which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.
The amazing thing is that a bad attitude can be adjusted. God is always waiting to give us forgiveness, we just need to repent. Then our offerings will be accepted and we can give the Creator of the universe joy. That’s pretty amazing.