Quite often when we hold ‘church’ meetings I get ideas for my DIGs; our Men’s bible study in Costa last night provided lots of ideas!
We are discussion faith and are going on to look at the people of faith in Hebrews 11.
As we are going on to discuss Cain and Able next time, one of the guys asked. ‘What is your take on Cain and Abel then?”
For me the account of Cain and Abel is a picture (analogy, or type and shadow) of law and grace.
Cain’s offering was through the works of his own hands, from his effort.
We can also see that in contrast to Abel he did not give the offering in faith, he gave it of and from himself.
This type of offering (from and through self) is a picture of law.
Abel’s sacrifice was a blood sacrifice, an animal died in order for blood to be shed (Genesis 4 v 4).
Abel also gave his offering in faith; we can see this in Hebrews 11 v 4.
This type of offering (through faith and not self) is a picture of grace.
We do not live under law, and neither did Cain and Abel; they live before the law and therefore (like us) lived under grace.
Faith was, and is, pleasing to God.
God is not pleased through our own works and self-righteousness; all He requires of us is faith.
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that we live under grace and not under law”.
Hebrews 11 v 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