Trennie L Williams
Christ Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Abel was Adam and Eve’s second-born child. While firstborn Cain was tilling the ground to produce a harvest, Abel was a shepherd tending the sheep.
The brothers would bring sacrifices to God. Cain’s offering was lacking, which God had neither respect nor regard. Abel brought his first, most acceptable, and best offering to the Lord. God favored Abel’s sacrifice because it was good.
Cain was so angry, depressed and saddened by his less-than best presentation to God that he killed his brother Abel. Cain later lied and asked God the denying question: “Am I my brother’s keeper?”
Faith would have kept Cain from opening the door to sin jumping in him. He had the ability to rule over any wrongdoing. Cain’s lack of faith, though, led him to total rebellion and denial of God. He performed some of the most treacherous actions that cursed Cain as a fugitive and wanderer on the earth.
Abel’s actions, and the results of them, were totally different. The Word says that “by faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks.”
Abel’s faith prompted him to give God his:
• Best, and
• Most Acceptable.
We must be sure to present our first, best, and most acceptable offerings to the Lord. Like Abel, our faith stands as Good righteous testimony and witness of thesubstance of things we hope for, perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to anyone’s natural senses.
Abel’s faith accounted for righteousness.
Although Abel died, his incident of faith still speaks to to us today. The same applies to us. It is not how we die but how we live according to the Spirit-filled faith we have.
(Forgetting All Ideas. Trusting Him.)
The Bible, Hebrews 11:1, 4
The Bible, Genesis 4:1-10