Cain and Abel are the first offspring born of Adam and Eve. The first people on the earth born into sin and we see consequences and destruction from that sin almost immediately. Cain murders his brother Abel out of anger and jealousy. It certainly doesn’t take long for sin to begin its destructive work in man. Another first time event we see in this passage is the act of man making an offering to The Lord. Later in the Mosaic Law, offerings are commanded by God and elaborately prescribed for men to carry out.
One question I always had about this text was about these two offerings; why did God accept Abel’s offering and reject Cain’s? Was it because he preferred shepherds to farmers? Maybe God liked meat over vegetables? (My kind of guy). What was the determining factor in His acceptance of Abel’s offering? The only indication we have comes in the description of each offering. Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as his offering, but Abel brought some of the FIRSTBORN of his flocks as his offering. In this distinction lies the answer of God’s decision.
Abel brought the FIRST and the BEST of what he had and offered it to God, while Cain simply brought SOME of what he had. Cain failed to offer God the first and the best of his crops which indicates that he hadn’t fully trusted God with his heart.
This principle of First fruits is continual throughout scripture and is extremely important for us to understand and apply to our lives today. God doesn’t just want SOME of our life; He wants ALL of our life. He doesn’t just desire us to surrender portions of our will for our lives to Him; He demands the complete and total surrender of our entire being to His Lordship. One of the ways we exercise this submission to God in our lives is by giving Him the FIRST and BEST in our offerings to Him: Our money, time, talents, gifts, etc. are offerings we give to God for His glory and in worship.
Spend some time today reflecting on this truth.
Are you worshipping God with your first and best offerings to Him?
Are there areas in your life where God simply gets some of you but not all of you?
I challenge you to prayerfully seek God in this area today and commit to being obedient to God fully in your offerings to Him.
By: Matt Mofield