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. Hebrews 11
You know that time when you put aside xx-amount of dollars for the tithe? Something you wanted to do better came up and you removed a small amount from that tithe? Or you couldn’t give that week because bills were tight? I’m reading about Abel and Cain in a stewardship sense.
I am reminded of 2 Corinthians 9:6-7:
The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
Abel kept sheep. Cain tilled the hard ground. Both were sons of Adam and Eve. Abel gave the best of his flock. He gave to the Lord before anything else. Cain’s offering wasn’t acceptable.
Matthew Henry’s Commentary explains, “There was a difference in the offerings they brought. It is expressly said (Heb. 11:4), Abel’s was a more excellent sacrifice than Cain’s: either, (1.) In the nature of it. Cain’s was only a sacrifice of acknowledgment offered to the Creator;”
When I thought I was too broke to give to the Lord, I gave an “acknowledgment.” As I have grown to understand stewardship as spoken of in the Bible, I understand now why pastor’s preach it. It’s not about giving to the church to keep it afloat. Stewardship is peppered throughout the Bible. Stewardship expands past money, but to examples like the care of our earth and the use of our time. Stewardship is discipline; something we all need to learn.
Is my faith just a sacrifice of acknowledgement?
Cain murdered Abel in his jealousy and rage. He was known as a wicked man. Keep your eyes on the Lord of the Bible. Give and live like Abel.
But Abel brought a sacrifice of atonement, the blood whereof was shed in order to remission, thereby owning himself a sinner, deprecating God’s wrath, and imploring his favour in a Mediator. Or, (2.) In the qualities of the offering. Cain brought of the fruit of the ground, any thing that came next to hand, what he had not occasion for himself or what was not marketable. But Abel was curious in the choice of his offering: not the lame, nor the lean, nor the refuse, but the firstlings of the flock—the best he had, and the fat thereof—the best of those best. Hence the Hebrew doctors give it for a general rule that every thing that is for the name of the good God must be the goodliest and best. It is fit that he who is the first and best should have the first and best of our time, strength, and service. From Matthew Henry
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