Cain and Abel
Cain and Abel
The first family is an instructive story. The story of Cain and Abel is sad beyond words. Why? Why, and how, so early in the history of the world could that happen?The story is just the beginning of a continuing story that has played out many times over the millennia and continues today. What can we learn?
• There is good and there is evil.
• There is obedience and there is disobedience.
• There is righteousness and there is unrighteousness.
• There is faith and there is faithlessness.
• There is love and there is hatred.
• There are acceptable offerings and there are unacceptable offerings.
• There is acceptance of God’s word and there is rejection of God’s word.
• There is God and there is Satan.
• There is choice for right and there is choice for wrong.
• There is the ‘way of Cain’ and there is the Spirit of Abel.
Jesus uses the story in His discussion/denunciation of the Pharisees.
Matthew 23:35 “that on you may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel ….
Luke 11:51 “from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah who perished between the altar and the temple. Yes, I say to you, it shall be required of this generation.
52 “Woe to you lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge. You did not enter in yourselves, and those who were entering in you hindered.” 53 And as He said these things to them, the scribes and the Pharisees began to assail Him vehemently, and to cross-examine Him about many things, 54 lying in wait for Him, and seeking to catch Him in something He might say, that they might accuse Him.
Hebrews also continues the story and message of Abel’s life
Hebrews 11:4 By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead still speaks.
Hebrews 12:24 to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.
Addressing the subject of love, John reminds us of the story of Cain and Abel.
I John 3:12 Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous.
Jude also, includes Cain in his account of those who rejected God.
Jude 1:11 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.
In a clear reference to Cain and Abel, Jesus says to the religious leaders:
John 8:44 “You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it. 45 “But because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me. 46 “Which of you convicts Me of sin? And if I tell the truth, why do you not believe Me?
47 “He who is of God hears God’s words; therefore you do not hear, because you are not of God.”
Cain and Abel were blood brothers but they were not Spiritual brothers. They each have a legacy. Cain’s legacy is carnal. Abel’s legacy is Spiritual. Those legacies continue today.
May God open our hearts and minds to see and understand the lessons of these brothers. The lessons are no less important and have no less import today than they have over the past millennia.