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Abel’s Offering…

This outline is not original with me; but I have been so blessed upon meditating upon these things.  Enjoy:

 

Hebrews 11:4

TEXT: – Hebrews 11:4 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.

 

Abel’s faith could be seen

NJB Hebrews 11:4 It was because of his faith that Abel offered God a better sacrifice than Cain, and for that he was acknowledged as upright when God himself made acknowledgement of his offerings.

 

Abel’s lifestyle

Genesis 4:2 …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?…

 

The wicked also sacrifice

Proverbs 21:27 The sacrifice of the wicked is abomination: how much more, when he bringeth it with a wicked mind?

 

Obedience is better than sacrifice

1 Samuel 15:22 And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.

 

He chose the best he could find

NIV Gen 4:4 But Abel brought fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The LORD looked with favor on Abel and his offering,

 

Priests that despised the Lord with their offerings

Malachi 1:6 A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour? and if I be a master, where is my fear? saith the LORD of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise my name. And ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name? 7 Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar; and ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee? In that ye say, The table of the LORD is contemptible.8 And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? and if ye offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? offer it now unto thy governor; will he be pleased with thee, or accept thy person? saith the LORD of hosts.

 

Better offerings

Luke 21:1 And he looked up, and saw the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury. 2 And he saw also a certain poor widow casting in thither two mites.3 And he said, Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all: Luke 21:4 For all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had.

 

Hebrews 13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. 16 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

 

Philippians 4:18 But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God.

 

Abel suffered because of his righteousness

2 Timothy 3:12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

 

Fear them not which kill the body

Matthew 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

 

Abel’s reward

John 11:25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

 

2 Cor 13:4 For though he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but we shall live with him by the power of God toward you.

 

Blessed are they which die in the Lord

Revelation 14:13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.

 

God has not forgotten Abel’s gifts

Hebrews 6:10 For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.

 

Abel is a prophet who still speaks

Matthew 23:34 Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city: 35 That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.

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October 12, 2011 Posted by | Abel's Offering, Cain & Abel, Hebrews 11:4, Pages from my journal | , , | Leave a comment

LBS Study notes

Wish I didn’t go into “entertainment” mode.  I do so enjoy the girls, and my sister came, and we all love to talk, and we love to wonder – like, since Adam and Eve were in God’s image, they weren’t going to die; so what else do we need to understand about the tree of life –   …..and we love to talk…..And, I will do some more work on the Tree of Life.

Here are some notes, but, you will not get everything that was said!

From the beginning God establishes the principle that like begets like. The seed bears the likeness. 

Ge1:11 Then God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, [and] fruit trees bearing fruit after their kind, with seed in them, on the earth”; and it was so.  12 And the earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit, with seed in them, after their kind; and God saw that it was good.

Ge1:21 And God created the great sea monsters, and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarmed after their kind, and every winged bird after its kind; and God saw that it was good.

Ge1:24 ¶ Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures after their kind: cattle and creeping things and beasts of the earth after their kind”; and it was so.  25 And God made the beasts of the earth after their kind, and the cattle after their kind, and everything that creeps on the ground after its kind; and God saw that it was good.

Like begetting like did not end with vegetation, animals on land and in the sea – it includes mankind – but, with a difference.  The man would contain the seed and the woman would bear fruit:

Ge 1:26 ¶ Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”  27 And God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 And God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

The created plants, animals, and man had “seed” for the purpose of bearing fruit after its kind – for nourishment.  That fruit would
contain “seed” after its kind – to bear more fruit – and on and on…

Ge 1:29 ¶ Then God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you;

GOD CAUSES THE GROWTH FOR THE VEGETATION AND TREES TO BE PLEASING TO THE SIGHT, AS WELL AS GOOD FOR FOOD:

Ge 2:8 ¶ And the LORD God planted a garden toward the east, in Eden; and there He placed the man whom He had formed.  9 And out of the ground the LORD God caused to grow every tree that is pleasing to the sight and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

(THE TREE OF LIFE WOULD BE GOOD FOR FOOD, ALONG WITH THE TREE OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL.  Both of these trees bore fruit with the seed in it to bear another tree which would bear fruit, which would……Just ask Johnny Appleseed.  Also, Gen. 1:29 said that EVERY tree would be good for food.  They partook of these two named trees in reverse order – or would have if not prevented from doing so.)

There was a change in Adam and Eve’s “image of God” after partaking of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. 

Ge 3:6 ¶ When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make [one] wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.  7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings.

The “image” of Adam begets like:  Ge 5:1 ¶ This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day when God created man, He made him in the likeness of God.  2 He created them male and female, and He blessed them and named them Man in the day when they were created.  3 When Adam had lived one hundred and thirty years, he became the father of [a son] in his own likeness,according to his image, and named him Seth.  (No mention of Cain and Abel as in Adam’s image.  God begins Adam’s image with Seth.)

Cain and Abel are not said to be in Adam’s image!Ge 4:1
¶ Now the man had relations with his wife Eve, and she conceived and gave birth to Cain, and she said, “I have gotten a manchild with [the help of] the LORD.”  2 And again, she gave birth to his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of flocks, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.

(Perhaps why is that this is actually the account of Eve “bearing fruit.” Or, that, Cain, being a type of the Jew belongs to God’s creation which will be the bearer of the “Seed” of Abraham / the “Seed” of David.)

ONCE – and only once – a woman (named such because she was built from bone of man’s bone and flesh of man’s flesh) will be born containing the “Seed” of the Second Adam – Who is God’s image incarnate.

Ge 3:15 And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel.”

September 28, 2011 Posted by | Cain & Abel, Ladies Bible Study Notes | Leave a comment

Learning from others in the past….Cain & Abel….

This outline is not original with me; however, it seems to please the Lord, that I post it for our admonition upon whom the end of the age is approaching:

Learning from others in the past

Romans 15:4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime (in the Old Testament Scriptures) were written for our learning [or our doctrine or instruction], that we through patience [or endurance] and comfort [or encouragement] of the scriptures might have hope [present tense – lit. “keep on having hope”]

Cain and Abel were brothers

Genesis 4:1-2a 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 brotherAbel.

Brothers have the faith

1 Corinthians 6:6 But brother goeth to law with brother (those that have the faith), and that before the unbelievers [or those without faith].

The faith to enter into the kingdom of God

Acts 14:22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

Adam lost the dominion of the earth

Genesis 3:23-24 Therefore the LORD God sent him (Adam) out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken. 24 So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.

Abel was a prophet

Luke 11:50-51That the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation; 51 From the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zacharias…”

The prophets spoke of the restoration of the earth

Acts 3:20-21 And that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before, 21 whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets (including Abel) since the world began.

Both brothers worked

Genesis 4:2b “…And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.”

Both brothers brought an offering to the Lord

Genesis 4:3-4a 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 flockand of the fat thereof.

Abel’s offering was accepted by the Lord

Genesis 4:4b “…And the Lord had regard for Abel and his offering,”

Cain’s offering was rejected by the Lord

Genesis 4:5 but for Cain and his offering He had no regard. So Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell.

Cain’s offering did not honour the Lord

Proverbs 3:9 Honour the LORD with thy substance [or wealth], and with the firstfruitsof all thine increase [or crops, produce].

Happiness in life is through obedience

John 13:17 If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.

Joy of faith

Philippians 1:25 And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith

Proverbs 16:20 He who gives heed to the word will prosper, and happy is he who trusts in the LORD (RSV).

Cain went astray by rejecting God’s reproof

Proverbs 10:17 He who heeds instruction is on the path to life, but he who rejects reproof goes astray.

Despise not the Lord’s correction

Proverbs 3:11-12 My son, despise [or reject] not the chastening [or correction] of the LORD; neither be weary [detest, resent, or be angry] of his correction [reproof or rebuke]: 12 For whom the LORD loveth hecorrecteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.

The Lord encourages Cain to do well

Genesis 4:6-7 So the LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? 7 “If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.”

Faith made the difference

Hebrews 11:4 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.

So great a cloud of witnesses

Hebrews 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.

Faith is living for future things

Hebrews 11:1Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Future promises

Hebrews 11:13 These all died in faith (Abel), not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.

A better city

Hebrews 13:14 For here we have no continuing city, but we seek the one to come

A new environment

2 Peter 3:13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.

Future accountability

2 Corinthians 5:7,10 For we walk by faith, not by sight: 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

Cain killed Abel

Genesis 4:8 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.

Why did Cain kill Abel?

1John 3:11-12 For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we (the brethren) should love one another (in the church family). 12 Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew [or murdered] his brother. And wherefore [or why] slew [murder] he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous.

Prophets spoke the truth

John 8:40But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God…”

Prophets exposed the sin of the people

Isaiah 58:1 Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and show my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.

Abel was the first martyr

Matthew 23:34-35 Wherefore, behold, I send unto youprophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of themye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city: 35 That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.

Are you guilty of murder? Do you hate your brother?

1 John 3:13-15 Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you. 14 We know that we have passed from death unto life (age-lasting), because we love [continually] the brethren. He that loveth not [continually] his brother abidethindeath (for the age). 15 Whosoever [my brethren v.13] hateth [continually] his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternalage-lasting life abiding [or enduring] in him.

September 22, 2011 Posted by | Cain & Abel, on faith, Pages from my journal, Who is my Family? | Leave a comment

   

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