The first two sons that were born to Adam
and Eve were named Cain and Abel. Cain was a gardener and Abel was a shepherd
tending the sheep. At that time, they would bring
sacrifices to God to show their love for Him. One time, Cain gave God a
gift, or a sacrifice, of the fruit he grew. Abel gave God one of the very
best of his flock. God was very happy with Abelís gift, but he wasnít very
pleased with Cainís gift.
You may say to yourself, why did God like Abel's gift more than
Cain's? It probably didnít mean anything one way or another to Cain that he
gave up some fruit for God. But can you imagine Abel having a favorite lil lamb and choosing to sacrifice it cuz he loved God more? Abel must have loved that little lamb
a lot for
God to be so delighted with the gift. All of this made Cain very jealous,
so one day out in the field, he killed his brother Abel.
It would be
like it being your birthday and you have two sons. One brought you a gift
with every penny of his allowance to show you his love and the other gave
you an avocado out of the fridge that you bought. Though you love them both,
you would be more pleased with the son that sacrificed his own to give it to
Now, God could hear the blood of Abel crying out from the earth,
and knew what had happened so He asked Cain, Where is your brother Abel?
And Cain sassed God back, lying and saying, I donít know by saying "Am I my
This angered the Lord and He said to Cain, I know you killed
Abel. To punish you for what youíve done, I will cause anything you plant
not to grow. You will be a drifter, and run from place to place because you
will not have a home and you will hide your face from me.
Cain begged God not to punish him so harshly. He pleaded that
anyone who found him would try and kill him. So God put a mark on Cain to
protect him from being killed, and said that anyone who tried to kill Cain
would be punished seven times as much.
Having no children to carry on the bloodline, they had another son named
Seth which carried on the bloodline ...
often do we find ourselves being selfish with our sacrifices to God? That's
right we are to give sacrifices to God. Not out of obligation but out of
Love. He has said He does not want us to go out and slaughter an animal that
is already His, just cuz Abel did. What Abel did he did from his heart. What
God wants is for us to sacrifice our time and to Love one another willingly.
Not much to ask huh?