The Spiritual legacy of Abel
We do not know much about Abel. He was a righteous man. He was the first man killed after creation. He died for his faith. He died because his brother was evil. We do know some things about him. What we do know about him is very important.
A keeper of flocks
Offered an acceptable sacrifice to God
Did what God commanded
Was obedient to God’s command
Offered the firstlings of the flock
Gave God the fat portions
Acted in faith
His offering pleased God
He apparently mastered, and knew how to deal with, sin
He was righteous:
He was righteous and offered a more excellent sacrifice
He was righteous because he lived by faith
He was righteous because he obeyed God
He obtained God’s witness that he was righteous
He was, perhaps too trusting of his older brother
He had an angry older brother Cain
He was killed by his older brother
He died because of truth
He died because of his brother’s anger
He became the first man to die for his faith
His blood cried out to God from the ground
His faith still speaks today
God testified about Abel’s gifts
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.
Abel is the spirit of righteousness and obedience. His legacy is Spiritual.
Disobedient people do not like obedient people. Evil people do not like good people. Abel was the first martyr for his faith. He is listed in Hebrews 11 as one of whom this world is not worthy. Abel was a man of the Heavenly world. He did not belong in this world except to be a witness for His God.
If Abel was righteous, why was he the one who had to die? The righteous are the ones to be persecuted or killed. They do not kill, but they are killed by the unrighteous.
• Abel died, Cain lived.
• Naboth died, Ahab lived.
• Jesus died, The Pharisees lived
• Stephen died, the religious leaders lived.
• Anabaptists died, reformers lived.
• The innocent died, persecutors lived
• Prophets were persecuted and killed, their persecutors lived.
God’s ways are not our ways. He knows. He cares. He is there. He is here.
Life is to determine who is for and who is against God. This pattern was established in the first family and is still the pattern. There is a carnal legacy and there is a Spiritual legacy.
Of which legacy are you? Are you following the carnal way of Cain? Or, are you of the Spiritual legacy of Abel? What are you willing to suffer? Can you trust God while being falsely accused and persecuted by the ones who follow the legacy of Cain?
Can you say, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him”
Can you say, “I know that when I am tried, I shall come forth as gold”
Can you say, “Whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s”