Since the beginning of time we see a cycle of disobedience, pride, anger and murder.
Gen. 4 is the story of Cain and Abel. Apparently God instructed them to bring a sacrifice, an offering of worship. We don’t quite understand all the criteria. The Bible doesn’t make it clear in Gen. 4. But what we do know is that…
“When it was time for the harvest, Cain presented some of his crops as a gift to the Lord. Abel also brought a gift—the best portions of the firstborn lambs from his flock. The Lord accepted Abel and his gift.” Genesis 4:3-4,NLT
The New Testament writers shed a little light on the subject noting that Abel brought his gift and worship out of faith. It was a heart thing, knowing and believing that God would provide more than enough even though he gave what potentially could be his increase.
So why was Cain’s offering unacceptable? Side note - literally the first son born to mankind became a murder. We have been killing each other ever since the beginning. Anyway, seems like Cain was just going though the motions and checking off the list. But God said to him: “Why are you angry and look so dejected? You will be accepted if you do what is right. But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master.”vs.6-7
Here’s what we should remember.
#1 Always bring your best to honor God. He is our provider and is the God of more than enough.
#2 If you get it wrong, the great God of Mercy and Grace wants you to get it right!
Because of the perfect gift and sacrifice of Jesus we have power and victory to subdue sin and be it’s master!