Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the LORD respected Abel and his offering. (Genesis 4:4)
Abel’s Offering Of Worship
The early world of man was a series of ‘first things.’ Cain was the first child born to Adam and Eve. There was the first home, garden, music, city, and all that makes up everyday living. Sadly there was the first death brought about by the first murder. This tragedy came from the first worship as Cain and Abel brought sacrifices to the Lord and while Abel’s sacrifice was accepted, Cain’s was not. The result was that Cain became angry with his brother and hated him to the point that one day in the field Cain killed his brother.
We learn from the Hebrew writer that Abel’s faith was more acceptable in his sacrifice that Cain’s. His worship came from a heart of righteousness. Without a pattern of thousands of years Abel learned how to worship his Creator. The first worship of man was not based upon a book as you and I have today revealing the complete plan of redemption. It is unknown how many people were living at the time of our story in Genesis 4 but nothing close to how many live today.
What I find encouraging about my worship today is that Abel shows a pattern of worship based upon fragments of what I have in my hand today. He believed in God and believed in the right things to do in pleasing his Creator. The Lord had revealed a pattern of worship to Abel and he offered up a sacrifice of righteousness. In my life I serve Jesus Christ who died for Abel and for me. I can read the book of knowledge that tells me of Abel and Abraham and all the faithful people of God. We have many people of like precious faith to worship with and praise the Lord with. No longer are sacrifices of lambs and offerings of the ground required but hearts like Abel as we worship our Savior on the first day of the week.
Thank you Abel, for your blood still cries out as an example of simple faith in worship. Today we will gather with fellow saints and worship in simple faith given to us by the blood of sprinkling that speaks better than Abel – the blood of Jesus Christ.
The humblest citizen of all the land, when clad in the armor of righteous cause, is stronger than all the hosts of error. (William Jennings Bryan, Speech, 1896)