Most of us have heard or read the story in the Bible about Adam and Eve’s sons Cain and Abel. But if you have not, I will provide the scriptures below.
GENESIS 4 ~
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 And Abel also brought an offering—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 rule over it.”
8 Now Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go out to the field.”[d] While they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.
9 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?”
“I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?”
10 The Lord said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground. 11 Now you are under a curse and driven from the ground, which opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. 12 When you work the ground, it will no longer yield its crops for you. You will be a restless wanderer on the earth.”
13 Cain said to the Lord, “My punishment is more than I can bear.14 Today you are driving me from the land, and I will be hidden from your presence; I will be a restless wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me.”
15 But the Lord said to him, “Not so[e]; anyone who kills Cain will suffer vengeance seven times over.” Then the Lord put a mark on Cain so that no one who found him would kill him. 16 So Cain went out from the Lord’s presence and lived in the land of Nod,[f] east of Eden.
God looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but with Cain he did not…
Do you happen to know why that might have been?
In the scriptures, we can identify three possible reasons why God may have “favored” Abel’s offering but not Cain’s. These reasons may have been:
The difference in the type of offering; the difference in the quality of offering; or the difference in the heart of the offerer. Or, it may have been the combination of all three of the reasons.
Let’s break down each of these possibility’s and try to see why God “favored” Abel over Cain.
- When Cain offered his sacrifice to God, I am sure the “type” of the offering was mediocre at best and God wants our best at all times.
- The quality of the offering may not have been up to par, so therefore God looked at him like “Is that what you chose to give?” God deserves to be offered something of “excellence” because he is the great and mighty one!
- Or quite possibly it was a “heart” problem. God already knows what we are going to do before we do it and he looks at the inward appearance and not the outward appearance. God knew that Cain had hate in his heart and therefore I feel that is one of the main reasons that Abel was favored over Cain.
As I began to really study this passage God suddenly spoke to me about raising my own son in today’s world. Today’s world is full of boys and men that act exactly like Cain did. They are lovers of themselves, jealous, prideful, revengeful, murderers, liars, and rulebreakers. They care nothing about God or even their own parents.
It is a sad, sad world that we are living in!
But it is up to us parents to raise our sons to be set apart from this world and to be different. It is more than just teaching them right or wrong. It is about teaching our sons to be favored by God. To put God first in all things and to be who God has created them to be, not the world. Every single one of these worldly characteristics from above I strive every day to teach my son to live differently.
I am trying to raise my son to be an Abel in a Cain kind of world.
My only hope and prayers are that my son will grow up and be like an Abel, favored before God. I want my son to bring God his best at all times, giving the greatest quality of excellence, and I want him to love like Jesus loves and have a heart of gold. I know that this is our ultimate goal as Christian parents anyway. We want our children to be on fire for God and love everyone without question, because our children are the next generation of Prophets, Teachers, Evangelist, Pastors, and Apostles.
Let’s teach our sons how to pray bold courageous prayers!
Let’s teach our sons to put God above everything else!
Let’s teach our sons to read God’s word daily!
Let’s teach our sons how to treat and love others with kindness!
Let’s teach our sons to be who God has created them to be!
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