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October 3, 2004

”And He [God] said, “What have you [Cain] done? The voice of your brother’s blood [Abel’s] cries out to Me from the ground.”

Genesis 4:10

”… [But you have come]…to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel. See that you do not refuse Him [Jesus] who speaks.”

Hebrews 12:22, 24, 25

Genesis 4:10 tells us that Abel’s blood cries out to God, from the ground!

To give a little history (found in Genesis, chapter 4), Cain and Abel were the first two children of Adam and Eve, our human parents and Abel respected God.

Hebrews 11:4 gives us insight into this: “By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he [Abel] obtained witness that he was righteous…” When Cain and Abel brought offerings to please and honor God, “…the LORD respected Abel and his offering.” Genesis 4:4. Abel’s faith and corresponding actions pleased God.

Cain, however, “…brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the LORD.” Genesis 4:3. God wasn’t pleased with Cain’s offering.  God asked Cain why he was so mad and said: “If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.” Genesis 4:7

Cain had only brought some of his harvest, not the first and best. If Cain put confidence in God, then he would have wanted to give God his best. Cain’s actions show the state of his heart toward God. Cain needed to turn from the direction he was heading and turn to God. Otherwise, something even worse could happen.

Sadly, Cain seems to have let God’s words go in one ear and out the other. “…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 killed him.” Genesis 4:8. Most likely, Cain committed premeditated murder against his brother! Unwilling to face his own failure before God, Cain chose, instead, to try and destroy the good standard evident in Abel’s life. His thinking may have gone something like: If I get rid of Abel, then I’ll look ok. He is a textbook classic on these truths: The greatest sin is not trusting God; Sin blinds our minds; Sin makes us stupid.

The “real deal” is this:

    • Abel trusted God and won God’s respect. Today, and forever, Abel’s faith stands! Hebrews 11:4
    • The blood of Jesus “speaks” of even better things than Abel’s blood did. This is because Jesus Christ, God’s one and ONLY Son, shed His blood, in payment for the sins of entire mankind. His righteous, precious, holy blood speaks of a covenant, a new covenant or “deal”, sealed with His blood. Oh believe it, my brothers and sisters, nothing can wash away sin but the blood of Jesus. It cleanses for ALL sin and makes you whole and ok with God.
  • We all can have an eternal “good report” exactly like Abel. Simply put your trust in Jesus. This and this, alone, guarantees God will accept us. Turn to Him, today!
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