Give God Your Best
This week, our Sunday morning message will be about Adam and Eve's boys, Cain and Abel. What do you think about when you think of these two? Perhaps, most of us think of them in terms of Cain slaying Abel. It's amazing that the relationship of the first two sons actually born on the earth consisted of jealousy which led to murder. Sin began a long time ago; didn't it?
So what brought about this heinous sin of murder? God required a sacrifice from men of the best they had. Abel was a hunter and he brought forth to the Lord an offering of meat which was acceptable to God. Abel, on the other hand, was a tiller of the land, and he brought forth his best vegetables to offer to the Father. You might think that this would be accepted, but instead, God rejected this vegetable offering.
Why would God do that?
The Lord isn't captured by time as are we. God knew that one day in the future, that Jesus would offer his blood as a sacrifice and payment in full for our, (yours and my) sin debt. Vegetables wouldn't do it! Only blood is acceptable for this payment.
So when Cain saw that his offering was not acceptable, he became extremely jealous enough to hate his brother enough that he killed
Abel and buried him in the ground. But God spoke to Cain. He asked him what he had done. 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.”
So do we have to offer a blood sacrifice to God to be forgiven of sin? No, thank God! Jesus did that for us! All we have to do to be forgiven is to trust in the blood sacrifice of Jesus who paid the penalty for our sins on the cross that day over 2000 years ago. That one and only payment made by this sinless, I repeat sinless, One, Jesus Christ, was and is the only acceptable way for us to be forgiven so that we are acceptable to God to live with Him in His heaven.
If you haven't yet done so, trust Jesus today! Read the 3rd chapter of the book of John, (located in the New Testament) for more instruction. God loves you! Jesus died to save your soul! Trust Him right now!