Since God is often misunderstood, it is so important to read the whole of ‘His-Story’ to see the true picture. So, right from the beginning after the fall of man, God made it clear that there would be conflict between the ‘seed of the serpent’ and the seed of the woman’.
And Jesus spoke to us as well, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33).
And how quickly this conflict manifests itself in the life of Adam and Eve after the birth of their first-born, Cain and their second-born, Abel. (Gen. 4). We read in Gen. 4:2-5, Living Bible:
“Abel became a shepherd, while Cain was a farmer. At harvest time Cain brought the Lord a gift of his farm produce, and Abel brought the fatty cuts of meat from his best lambs, and presented them to the Lord. And the Lord accepted Abel’s offering, but not Cain’s. This made Cain both dejected and very angry, and his face grew dark with fury.”
And we understand, that perhaps God had revealed the necessity of ‘substitutionary’ sacrifice from the beginning when He had provided coats of skin for Adam and Eve. Cain being a ’tiller of the ground’ would have had to go to Abel for a lamb. Perhaps Cain would not accept this and became ‘care-less’ about the ‘fear of the Lord’, so he brought his fruits from this now ‘thorn-cursed earth.
The Bible tells us that “It was by faith that Abel obeyed God and brought an offering that pleased God more than Cain’s offering did. God accepted Abel and proved it by accepting his gift;” (Hebrews 11:4).
Cain became bitterly angry and his ‘face grew dark with fury.’ He did not go to God, but…
God went to him:
“Why are you angry?” the Lord asked him. “Why is your face so dark with rage? It can be bright with joy if you will do what you should! But if you refuse to obey, watch out. Sin is waiting to attack you, longing to destroy you. But you can conquer it!”( Gen 4:6,7. Living).
God gave Cain opportunity to ‘turn around’, to repent. Be he rejected it.
What happened in that field? “One day Cain suggested to his brother, “Let’s go out into the fields.” And while they were together there, Cain attacked and killed his brother.” (Gen. 4:8, Living).
Perhaps Cain and Abel talked in the field and Cain accused God of ‘favoritism’ and his brother of ‘self-righteousness’. Perhaps the argument became so heated that ‘Cain attacked and killed his brother.’
1John 3:12 tells us, “We are not to be like Cain, who belonged to Satan and killed his brother. Why did he kill him? Because Cain had been doing wrong and he knew very well that his brother’s life was better than his. So don’t be surprised, dear friends, if the world hates you.”
We can see clearly here that God sought Cain in mercy, but because he was not moved to ‘turn around’ and ‘change his mind’, it led to…hatred and murder. Abel was an example of ‘the seed of the woman’, those who are brought into the family of God through faith in Him. And Cain was an example of ‘the seed of the serpent’ those who knowingly and willfully set themselves against God. And Abel died violently at the hand of the first ‘seed of the serpent’.
“But the Lord said, “Your brother’s blood calls to me from the ground. What have you done?” Gen. 4:10, Living. And everyday we witness this conflict.
Aren’t we all praying for the injustice being done to an American Pastor at this time, Pastor Saaed, being persecuted and imprisoned and hated in an Iranian jail? It may look like Satan is winning, but He is not. Satan’s final defeat is awaiting the return of our Lord Jesus Christ, and He is coming back real soon.
The promises:”… and though Abel is long dead, we can still learn lessons from him about trusting God.” (Hebrews 11:4).
“…and to Jesus himself, who has brought us his wonderful new agreement; and to the sprinkled blood which graciously forgives instead of crying out for vengeance as the blood of Able did.” (Hebrews 12:24, Living).
The blood IS the good news: “But if we are living in the light of God’s presence, just as Christ does, then we have wonderful fellowship and joy with each other, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from every sin. (1John 1:7. Living).
It’s the blood of Jesus Christ that cleanses us from EVERY sin! The blood that was shed on the cross…we must turn to and give thanks for…it cleanses EVERY sin. What a merciful God is He! Praise Him for His merciful love today, for He, Himself has said, “Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world!” (John 16:33, exclamation point, mine!)