Bible Character Study: ABEL – “Acceptable to God” Lesson 2
Welcome back to the study of Abel! If you’re new here today, I suggest you check out the first lesson (click here) before you continue reading further. In the last lesson we learned who Abel was, what he did and where he came from. In this lesson we will dig deeper into HIS story! Here we go…..
Lesson 1: The Overview
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LESSON 2: THE STORY
“ACCEPTABLE TO GOD”
Although we never hear Abel speak throughout the entire bible, his voice is heard loudly. Everything we know about Abel is what is recorded of him. Abel never got a line in the bible – which means that we never really get to see his point of view or side of the story, but that doesn’t take away from the many things there are to learn about and from him.
The only time that the Bible mentions Abel speaking is after his death.
In the Old Testament:
God himself told Cain, “The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to me from the ground”
In the New Testament,
“And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks“
“And to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel’
After all, did Abel have a voice or not?
He did have a voice. A voice that the Lord heard and made known to us in both the Old and New Testament. Sometimes the only one who we really need to hear us is GOD.
“Though he died, he still speaks“
Abel is mentioned a total of 13 times (correct me if I’m wrong) in the entire bible.
The first scene of death in the Bible.
Read: Genesis (4) 1-11
v1. Adam and Eve had their first child, Cain – the first baby of the world.
v2. Soon after, Adam and Eve gave Cain a baby brother – ABEL – the first baby brother of the world.
Cain and Abel were Adam and Eve’s first two children.
Cain was a worker of the ground while Abel was a keeper of sheep. Two brothers – two occupations.
v3. Cain brought the Lord an offering from his work – an offering of the fruit of the ground.
v4. Abel as well brought the Lord an offering of his work – an offering of the firstborn of his flock & of their fat portions. Emphasis on “firstborn” and “fat”.
Cain gave the Lord something of what he had, while Abel gave the Lord the best of what he had. They both gave God an offering, but what they gave as their offering is what ultimately set them apart.
In the last portion of v4. it is stated that God regarded Abel and his offering!
God approved of Abel’s offering.
v5. God did not approve of Cain’s offering – he had no regard for it. This caused Cain to get very angry.
Cain’s anger showed that he didn’t give his offering because he wanted to please God, but because he wanted to receive praise for it – which is why when he didn’t receive praise, he showed his true colors. He was ANGRY. He couldn’t even hide his anger – scripture says, “his face fell”
v6. – v7. The Lord questions Cain about his anger and because he already knew the intentions in Cain’s heart, he gives him a warning, trying to stop him from what he was yet to do. Doesn’t God always try to warn us?
“If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sins crouching at the door”
Abel’s good actions were reflected through his offering, which is why it was accepted. On the other hand, Cain’s actions were not good – therefore, his offering was NOT accepted.
The offerings reflected their actions. It is not the offering that matters. It is the reflection of your actions through your offering that matters.
v8. After listening to the Lord speak, Cain disregarded all the words the Lord had said to him and moved forward with his wicked plan. He tricked his brother, took him to the field and killed him.
Abel’s good heart was probably the reason why he trusted Cain enough (even after his behavior earlier) to follow him to the field and basically sign his death sentence.
v9-11. The Lord confronts Cain about Abel’s death, but Cain lies and rudely responds to the Lord “I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper?” Clearly, Cain couldn’t be bothered to care, not even in front of the Lord.
WOW. What a story! I will let you meditate on all that we studied today and end today’s lesson on that note. Be sure to re-read Genesis (4) 1-11 for more insight.
ALSO: Before our next lesson on Abel, please read:
- Heb (11) 4
- 1 John (3) 12
- Matthew (23) 35
Continue studying the life of Abel with me:
Lesson 3: A Righteous End
Until next time,