Cain and Abel

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Cain and Abel

02 Jan 2016 Service – Bobby Chaw

Genesis 4:1-8 NKJV

Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, and said, “I have acquired a man from the Lord.” Then she bore again, this time his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the Lord. Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the Lord respected Abel and his offering, but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell. So the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? 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.” Now 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 killed him.

The name “Cain” means “I have acquired a seed from the Lord”, whereas “Abel” in Hebrew means “emptiness and vanity, worthlessness and meaningless.

One brother was favoured, one brother was despised.

However in 2 Corinthians 8:12, we can see that there’s no indication that one offering was inferior to another.

12 For if there is first a willing mind, it is accepted according to what one has, and not according to what he does not have.

The problem is not about the offering. It’s about how do you respond when things don’t go the way you expected it to.

Genesis 4:5 but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell

Cain became the first angry man in the history of humanity! However each time when we are tempted to sin, Jesus is right there together to help you overcome it. You can rule over it!

2 Corinthians 5:21 21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

Jesus is here with us!


For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice….24 O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25 I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord! Romans 7:19, 24-25

13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. 1 Corinthians 10:13

Despite Abel being the unfavoured one, the extra… He still gave his best to the Lord. Although he didn’t have much, he gave his best.

By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead still speaks Hebrews 11:4 

Our Christian faith should be that of Abel. An “in-spite-of” faith.

Colossians 3:23 23 And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men,

Your attitude this year will determine whether you become an Abel or Cain. If you can learn to guard your heart with diligence and deal with your past, you will go from glory to glory. Do not let bitterness, anger etc rule in your heart. Reign over it!

Romans 9:14-16 14 What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? Certainly not!15 For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion.” 16 So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy.

In Acts 16:25-26, we can see that Paul was the unluckiest man alive but he had the greatest attitude! Constantly rejoicing despite everything.

Acts 16:25-26 25 But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed.

Your attitude determines your altitude!

When we look at the past, it should be done with thanksgiving, no matter what you’ve been through. When we look toward the future, it should be filled with faith.

Expect great things from God. 
Attempt great things for God!