Cain and Abel
And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the Lord.
2 And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.
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 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:
5 But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.
6 And the Lord said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?
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.
8 And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.
K.J.V. Bible Text
True to his word, the Lord sent Adam and Eve away from the Garden of Eden and out into the world. As He had decreed, Eve conceived and had first child, Cain, and later another son Abel.
As the brothers grew, they went in separate directions. Abel, the second-born, kept flocks while Cain worked the soil. Each in turn brought offerings before the Lord. The Lord was pleased with Abel’s offering but not with Cain’s. Cain was angry over this.
The Lord asked Cain, “Why are you angry?” He tells Cain to do what is right because sin is “crouching at your door” and “it desires to have you.”
Cain is warned by the Lord to rule over the urge to sin, but instead, Cain gives in to his anger and lures his brother Abel into the field and kills him.
I noticed as I read verse 3 that Cain brought “some of the fruits of the soil,” as an offering to the Lord and Abel brought fat portions of the “firstborn” of his flock.
Perhaps the Lord knew that Cain brought an offering without a true spirit of generosity. Had he given of the very best of his produce while Abel gave the scrawniest runts of his flock, the Lord may have looked with favor on Cain rather than Abel.
Cain did not try to do better. He blamed his rival, instead of looking to rule over the sin within his own heart.
– Betty Killebrew
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