“An Abel Heart” – Genesis 4:1-15


The story of Cain and Abel is one of the most well known in the Bible and is, to many, one of the most confusing. I mean, didn’t God want people to be vegetarians at this point in the Bible? And isn’t all that fat in red meat bad for us anyway? A common reaction to this passage is that God isn’t being fair. It seems that God didn’t give the boys any requirements with regard to offerings and yet, Abel’s offering was more pleasing to God than Cain’s.

Cain’s reaction wasn’t exactly the best model for conflict resolution, killing his brother and then playing stupid. As sorry as you may feel for Cain, you still may be wondering why God appears so lenient with the world’s first murderer. God only cursed Cain by casting him out and making him a wanderer and scavenger, promising to protect Cain from anyone that tried to take his life. But the point God is making has nothing to do with the food pyramid or reading His mind to know His will. God is not vague about what He requires from each of us, whether Christian or not. He made it very clear to Adam and Eve after their fall into sin, He made it clear to Cain and He makes it perfectly clear to you and me. Cain is without excuse and so are we. How so?

Come join us Sunday at 10:30 as we dig deeper into Genesis to discover how we can please God and live the life He’s called us to. Don’t forget that Sunday school, for all ages (including two classes for adults and youth), is from 9:15 – 10:15 in the Parish House. Bring someone new to church with you. Everyone is welcome!

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