Summary: This is the first in a series of CSI messages and looks at what we can learn from Cain and Abel
It should have brought them together but instead it tore them apart. They both worshipped the same God, they had both offered their God a sacrifice and that is where it seemed to fall apart. Cain was a farmer, he toiled in the dirt and raised crops, his younger brother was a shepherd, and he raised sheep. And by all indications they were good at what they did. They were the first children of Adam and Eve after they had been expelled from the Garden for disobeying God.
Now I know everyone is sitting there thinking “I wonder who they married?” Well we really don’t know do we? Maybe God created more people, that would be an interesting theory wouldn’t it. Bible doesn’t say Adam and Eve were the only, just the first? Or maybe the siblings married each other. You understand that there were no genetic flaws at the point in history; they were only one generation from creation, no time for the gene pool to get a little murky. The reason that siblings marrying one another has been prohibited through the years is that there are all kinds of problems associated with their children, but that close to creation there were no genetic problems that would be amplified in that situation.
Now this is kind of an aside, but now that our government has permitted same sex couples to marry will siblings be the next taboo lifted? If we can’t impose our morals then would it be alright for two brothers to marry or two sisters or a brother and sister if they promised to not have children.
What about parents and children or Grand parents and Grand Children? I know you are saying “Yuck” but it wasn’t that long ago that people had the same reaction to homosexual relationships.
As a society we have already declared that religious convictions and morals have no place in the public arena and are not a reason to prohibit people who want to get married from doing so and we have opened a door we probably shouldn’t have opened. It is a slippery slope that we have started out on. But that was free.
So where were we? Oh right the two brothers and they both offered a sacrifice to their God, we don’t know exactly what all their sacrifices involved or didn’t involve. The writer of Hebrews makes this statement: Hebrews 11:4 It was by faith that Abel brought a more acceptable offering to God than Cain did.
But what makes one offering more acceptable then another one? We can make a couple of assumptions from the two verses that we do have in Genesis. Genesis 4:3-4 At harvesttime Cain brought to the LORD a gift of his farm produce, while Abel brought several choice lambs from the best of his flock. Did you catch that? Cain brought a gift, don’t know what it was, maybe it was brussel spouts, which would explain a lot. Able on the other hand brought several choice lambs from the best of his flock. A gift versus a sacrifice. Not just any lambs but choice lambs. And not just choice lambs but choice lambs from the best of his flock. These lambs were the best of the best.
Well the story continues, the scriptures tell us that God found Abel’s offering acceptable but didn’t accept Cain’s. And that ticked Cain off, and he reacted by killing his brother. Took him out in the field and attacked him and stole his life.