”Don’t think to give, but give to think”
We will look at how Cain and Abel gave and why the Lord rejected Cain’s offering.
- Cain and Abel
Let’s see the scriptures…
Genesis 4:2 And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.
4:3 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.
4:4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:
From here we see that Cain was a farmer while Abel keeps the sheep. When the time to give came, Cain gave from what his occupation was, Abel also gave from what is occupation was. Cain gave the fruit of the ground as an offering while Abel gave the fat flock of sheep to the Lord but Cain’s offering was not accepted.
4:5 But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.
Now nothing was wrong with what they gave actually in the face of man but Bible says God weigh the heart.
1 Samuel 2:3 Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come out of your mouth: for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and BY HIM ACTIONS ARE WEIGHED.
God saw the heart with which he gave and that of Abel but scriptures said Abel gave that offering by faith.
Hebrews 11:4 BY FAITH ABEL offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.
The truth is, God does not have respect for what you give, but how you give it in faith. The Bible says God testify of the gifts Abel gave.
…God testifying of his gifts…
We also understand that God said to Cain when his countenance was fallen, when he was angry with what God did and also with Abel. But God said Cain didn’t do well
4:7 IF THOU DOEST WELL, SHALT THOU NOT BE ACCEPTED? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.
The Lord said to him if you do well, your offering will be accepted, the thing is, in the face of man Cain actually did well. In fact he gave or offered what he had just like Abel but the deposition of the heart was quite different because the Lord said he did not do well. Not to do well is when our response is not of faith.
We will see another example in the next series.