Prayer-Lord, Open my heart and open my mind and help me tolearn. G-F-W. Amen.
Genesis 4:1-8Genesis 4
Cain and Abel
1 Adam [a] lay with his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain. [b] She said, "With the help of the LORD I have brought forth [c] a man." 2 Later she gave birth to his brother Abel. Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. 3 In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the LORD. 4 But Abel brought fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The LORD looked with favor on Abel and his offering, 5 but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast.
6 Then the LORD said to Cain, "Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? 7 If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it."
8 Now Cain said to his brother Abel, "Let's go out to the field." [d] And while they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.
OK, we all know that this is brotherly love gone bad. Let’s look at this a little deeper. Why did God reject Cain’s sacrifice? We don’t know, and it doesn’t say. I have know both farmers(Cain) and ranchers (Abel) and usually the farmers are a little more subdued. I have a theory: verse 3 says he brought some of the fruits as an offering, but in 4 we see Abel brought the fat portions, the best. I think Cain held back on God. Sometimes we do the same. We know we should tithe, and we should give our time to God as well. Do we ever not give portions we receive, either because we think God would never notice or because we believe that we can not spare it? Remember, God gave us these things to begin with and we should joyfully give God our best in time , money and talents.
Some times we can not admit our mistakes. God gives Cain a second chance to make a sacrifice,(verse 7,) but instead Cain is angry at Able for making him look bad. So he does what he thinks he needs to do-he kills him. Cain can not be honest with himself, sin is crouching at our doors as well. The next time someone suggests you are wrong, don’t fly off the handle and lash out. Look at your actions, maybe you can master your ego as well as sin.
Prayer-Lord, Help us always be fair with you. Help us surrender our best to you, because you deserve nothing less. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.
Things to do today- Read Genesis 4:9-16, and look for ways to be honest with God, and yourself.