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Cain & Abel

Obedience Is Always Better Than Disobedience

"Then the Lord said to Cain, 'Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door, it desires to have you, but you must master it.'"

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In the last article we'd learned, after Adam and Eve were found to have disobeyed their Creator, their God, the Sacred Record reveal that the Most High had banished them from the Garden of Eden. It's also at this point, we'd discovered that the Lord had provided the couple with some coats of skin, when their eyes were opened, after they'd eaten from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and it was also at this point, it was revealed to them that they were now naked.

I'd also pointed out that while all of this was happening, and even though God was punishing Adam and Eve for what they had done, it's important to know that the Most High was also demonstrating His mercy, grace and forgiveness, when it came to the couple. And He demonstrated this, simply by not destroying them, as He'd seem to have suggested earlier:

"And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, 'Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.'" -- Genesis 2:16,17

And remember, although Adam and Eve were eventually banished from the garden, because they'd disobeyed God.

The Sacred Record seem to suggest, they'd still remained humbled servants.

To put it simply, the hearts of Adam and Eve, weren't harden behind their ordeal, and because of this, they'd still remain obedient to their Creator.

Be that as it may, we now find our journey leading us into the account of Adam and Eve's sons Cain and Abel.

Now from the very start of this account, there seems to be family drama brewing from within Adam and Eve's household: 

"Then the Lord said to Cain, 'Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door, it desires to have you, but you must master it.'" -- Genesis 4:6-7

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Obeying & Disobeying

Now before we get into this passage, I would like to point something out, when it came to Cain and Abel. Starting with Abel, know that he would basically follow in his parents footsteps, when it came to obeying their his Creator. And because of his faithful commitment towards Him, Abel would soon gained favor with the Almighty. But when it came to his brother Cain, we find that he was having major difficulty, when it came to following the favorable conditions of rules that their Creator had set before them.

Know that Cain, for his name means: spear; and Abel, for his name means: son; were the first children that were born unto Adam and Eve. Also know, Cain was the first to be born unto them, and Abel was the second: "Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, and said, 'I have acquired a man from the Lord.' Then she bore again, this time his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground." -- Genesis 4:1,2

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Were They Twins?

Now I also like to point out at this time, we're not told about how much time that had passed between the births of the two boys. And because of this, some Bible scholars hold the viewpoint, Cain and Abel were perhaps twins. Now I want to make it clear at this time, that I for one, don't agree with that assessment. For I truly believe, the Sacred Record would have made it clear, if this was the case.

And the reason why I would make such a statement, deals with the fact, the Holy Scriptures loves to point out the beginnings, and the first of things, when they happen. And when it came to Cain and Abel, know that this would have definitely been the case, if they were truly twins.

For example, remember when the Sacred Record pointed out these type of details, when it came to the account of Isaac's sons Esau and Jacob: "But the children struggled together within her; and she said, 'If  all is well, why  am I like this?' So she [Rebekah] went to inquire of the Lord. And the Lord said to her: 'Two nations are in your womb, two peoples shall be separated from your body; one people shall be stronger than the other, and the older shall serve the younger.'" -- Genesis 25:22-23

This was also the case, in regard to Tamar's sons: "Now it came to pass, at the time for giving birth, that behold, twins were in her womb. And so it was, when she was giving birth, that the one put out his hand; and the midwife took a scarlet thread and bound it on his hand, saying, 'This one came out first.' Then it happened, as he drew back his hand, that his brother came out unexpectedly; and she said, 'How did you break through? This breach  be upon you!' Therefore his name was called Perez." -- Genesis 38:27-29

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Talents & Gifts

Now when it came to Cain, the Sacred Record informs us, he was really good with building and the tilling of the ground: "Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground." Be that as it may, Cain was very prideful when it came to his talents, and when it came to him being a man of the soil. And because of his pride, when it came to what he could do with his hands, Cain eventually adopted the notion, he could bring the fruit and vegetables that had been cultivated from the ground, to the Most High as an offering.

However, when it came to Abel, we're told that he was a shepherd, who was good at working and managing flocks. Now I would also like to point out, this would make Abel the first shepherd to be recorded from within the Sacred Scriptures. And this is what I'm talking about, when the Word of God mentions the beginnings, and the first of things that are mentioned from within its sacred pages.

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Highly Favored

However that may be, we now find the Sacred Record revealing that as time went on, Abel began to bring the Lord the fat portions from the first born of his flocks (which was in line, with what the Lord had laid out for the boys to do.) But when it came to Cain, he wanted to bring the first fruits of his harvest. And although Cain's offering seemed to be respectable and sincere, his way of trying to do things, fell outside the favorable conditions of rules that the Lord had put in place for the boys to follow. 

And this is why, at this point from within the Sacred Record, we find God beginning to show favor towards Abel. For Abel's offering was totally in line with what the Lord wanted. But when it came to Cain's offering, we're told that the Lord was not pleased. And because of this, the Sacred Record reveals that from that point forward, Cain had became envious of his brother Abel.

Now it's understandable how one might wonder if Cain was being treated unfairly by God. But one would have to go beyond the surface of the Sacred Text, in order to somewhat understand, why God prefer Abel's offering over Cain's. And perhaps this passage will shed some light on the matter: "Then the Lord said to Cain, 'Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door, it desires to have you, but you must master it.'" -- Genesis 4:6-7

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Cain Was Warned

Now when we first take a look at the above passage, you should be able to notice that there had to be some type of command, or what I like to call "favorable conditions of rules" that was already in place. Rules that Cain and Abel had to been already following. Now one should be able to come to a conclusion of such, being that we now find God reminding Cain: "If you do what is right, will you not be accepted?"

Often times, I wonder why people seem to miss this very important part? You know, the part where Cain is reminded beforehand, being warned by God, when it came to his disobedient actions. Now keep in mind, if there wasn't something that was already in place, how else would Cain know, what is right? So again, there had been some type of command, law or "favorable conditions of rules" that had already been laid out for them.

Now I personally believe this to be true, for we find that the passage above, seems to demonstrate that Cain and Abel already had some type of regular fellowship that was taking place, between them and the Lord. And on a side note: Know that these commands that I'm referring to at this time, has nothing to do with the Ten Commandments. For you must remember, the account of the "Great Exodus" hadn't occurred yet.

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God had Already Cursed the Ground

Nevertheless, let's go a little deeper, when it comes to why Abel's offering was favored over Cain's? Now I must admit, this is speculation on my part, but if we were to look at the judgments that were laid out against humanity, after Adam and Eve had disobeyed the very God that had given them everything. We'll find that from those judgments that had been laid out, the ground had already been cursed. Remember? : "Cursed is the ground because of you (Adam); through painful toil you will eat of it  all the days of your life." -- Genesis 3:17

Now after knowing this, a person can't be blamed for asking: "What does this scripture mean exactly, and why would it affect Cain's offering to God? Now in my opinion, Cain was trying to offer up to God, an offering that had came from something that had already been cursed by the Creator. Keep in mind, Cain knew this, but he'd refused to follow the command, law or "favorable conditions of rules" that was put in place at the time, in spite of being constantly warned by the Most High God not to do so.

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In the next article, we'll take a look to see if Cain had any other options, when it came to his unfortunate offering situation that was causing a major rift between him and God.

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