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Why Abel’s Sacrifice Was Better

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Listen to this sermon to learn why God respected Abel and his sacrifice, and did not respect Cain or Cain's sacrifice.

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Sermon Notes – 7/1/97, Speaker – Rex Spears

Why Abel’s Sacrifice Was Better

Sometimes God only gives us a little bit of information.  Abel is commended by God as the first man of faith listed in Hebrews (Hebrews 11:4 Hebrews 11:4By faith Abel offered to 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 speaks.
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). Why was Abel’s sacrifice better than Cain’s (Malachi 3:6 Malachi 3:6For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore you sons of Jacob are not consumed.
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Jesus doesn’t change. Hebrews 13:8 Hebrews 13:8Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
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“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” (NKJV) The Greek word for “yesterday” is “all past times.”

Abel and Cain Compared

We come to a point where we learn to keep the Sabbath because we want to please God.  Notice this scripture speaks of works and not just one sacrifice (see 1John 3:10 John 3:10Jesus answered and said to him, Are you a master of Israel, and know not these things?
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God did not respect Cain, or Cain’s sacrifice (Genesis 4:4 Genesis 4:4And Abel, he also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect to Abel and to his offering:
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). Perhaps Cain’s sinful nature caused him to have a bad attitude?  A poor attitude makes sacrifices a vile thing to God (see Isaiah 66:3 Isaiah 66:3He that kills an ox is as if he slew a man; he that sacrifices a lamb, as if he cut off a dog's neck; he that offers an oblation, as if he offered swine's blood; he that burns incense, as if he blessed an idol. Yes, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delights in their abominations.
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Genesis 4:17-22 Genesis 4:17-22 [17] And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bore Enoch: and he built a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch. [18] And to Enoch was born Irad: and Irad begat Mehujael: and Mehujael begat Methusael: and Methusael begat Lamech. [19] And Lamech took to him two wives: the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah. [20] And Adah bore Jabal: he was the father of such as dwell in tents, and of such as have cattle. [21] And his brother's name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ. [22] And Zillah, she also bore Tubalcain, an instructor of every artificer in brass and iron: and the sister of Tubalcain was Naamah.
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shows us the descendants of Cain from Enoch to Lamech, and how they had a great impact on civilization.

Let’s pray that the personal example of each one of us will show as a shining light in a history of the modern church, and not the example of Cain.

Knowledge is increasing at an astounding rate (see Daniel 12:4 Daniel 12:4But you, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.
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(1Co 1:27-28)

“But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are,”

(Joh 4:23)

“But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.”

Is what we’re allowing into our minds really good for us?  Is it truth?  God’s word is truth, and Jesus asked our Father to sanctify us by His truth (see John 17:17 John 17:17Sanctify them through your truth: your word is truth.
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God also wants us to let our yes be yes, and our no be no (see Matthew 12:35-37 Matthew 12:35-37 [35] A good man out of the good treasure of the heart brings forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. [36] But I say to you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. [37] For by your words you shall be justified, and by your words you shall be condemned.
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God did respect Abel and his offering (Genesis 4:1-5 Genesis 4:1-5 [1] And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bore Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD. [2] And she again bore his brother Abel. 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 to the LORD. [4] And Abel, he also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect to Abel and to his offering: [5] But to Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.
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).  Cain’s warning is for us too (verses 6-7)! Cain showed none of the righteous fruits described in Galatians 5. God’s purpose for us is to help save the world (see Matthew 28:18-20 Matthew 28:18-20 [18] And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, All power is given to me in heaven and in earth. [19] Go you therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: [20] Teaching them to observe all things whatever I have commanded you: and, see, I am with you always, even to the end of the world. Amen.
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Why was Cain punished if the Ten Commandments were not in effect? Cain had no remorse, guilt or repentant attitude.  He just felt sorry for himself (see Genesis 4:13 Genesis 4:13And Cain said to the LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear.
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We are supposed to teach people how to live a godly life. What we learn from the story of Cain and Abel is that Abel proved to God he was righteous.

Cain had serious anger issues! His act of murder resulted from evil character formed over time.  This present evil age will end suddenly when people are living normal lives (see Matthew 24:37-39 Matthew 24:37-39 [37] But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. [38] For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, [39] And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
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The Church of God represents the future.