by Christina Farris
1 And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD.
2 And she again bare 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 unto the LORD.
4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:
5 But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.
6 And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?
7 If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.
Genesis 3:17-18 KJV
Our sacrifice must first begin at the heart. Cain countenance fell when his offering was not received with respect. You can not give to God something that is a cursed by God. It like taking a trash can full of leftovers and saying here street person eat, and that is your daily meal. It not offering of waste or cursed for destruction. If I grow apple tree, the fruit there on if not picked will rot. If it goes to the ground it is waiting to decay and go into the ground. Is the apple on the ground bad to eat, only if the worms have gotten to it.
The value of the sheep is not known at this time, because the lamb was not eaten by man nor consumed by man only the fruit of the field at this time. Sheep value of wool for clothing perhaps was of great value. Yet the sheep killed and placed on the altar to be consumed by God is only example of burnt offering. Yet we have to look once more that the idea that God needs not our sacrifice for survival as we do the fruit of the soil. Now with this in mind what was this precious sacrifice of the lamb to Abel, but a gift pleasing to God. For what reason it represented his sacrifice of his son to come in the since of the second Adam. The second Adam being the one that would redeem us. That we would sacrifice this Second Adam to return this Son back to God, this lamb for our sins. A form of payment for sin, something of value to man and God. We have need of Christ to rule the earth, yet we give him back to God only for God to raise him back up and give him back to us, and then give us back his Spirit to guide us when Christ ascends.
God values sheep, values human life. The value of the food of plant life does not have valuable, Yet the food source valuable to human life, valuable to humans. We got two products one valuable to human life and one valuable to God, a value to determine the cost of man life verses his Son's life/ word life. He can declare his word and make it stand or he can sacrifice his word and allow people to live for eternity. A great price is God's word. Yet it would be sacrificed for us by belief in Christ that whosoever believeth would not perish but have eternal life.
God is not pleased when man thinks he can earn his own way into heaven, and receives not his sacrifice for our sins. He give his sacrifice back to us and redeems us to live by his word and to follow His Spirit in all truths. God loves those that follow after righteousness not after abonimation of the wicked, the sacrifice of the wicked. Sacrifice of unbeliever is not the same as the sacrifice as a believer. A gift to God comes from the heart of the believer, and one sacrifice is not following after their own desires but following after the will and ways of the Lord. To present ourselves as a holy sacrifice unto God through our obedience and call of God on our life. God required a lamb for whatever reason, as a sacrifice that was holy burnt offering unto him, and not of the fruit of the ground, a fruit that is cursed. We can not give of our desires as being holy, our sacrifice is to be holy to God due to our call of faith, not our call of living like the devil six days a week only to enter the church for the other 1 day to live in honor or respect to God only that one day a week. We sacrifice every day to God, by obeying his word.
How many sheep does it take to understand God grace is not in the sheep, but in the gift of the sheep back to us. After all Abraham would go to sacrifice his Son, only to have his Son not sacrifice but a substitute made and given back. God did not desire to take Abraham first born son of his first marriage. He desire him to have a son that would produce offspring of grandchildren for him that be numberous as the stars because of his faith in him. He desired to bless Abraham and Sarah with the best gift of all family. Yet no one but one without family truly understands this.
God desires our friendship our companionship, but no one wants a sugar daddy, they all want someone that equal to them. Meaning they want to have equality of not having to impress people with sacrifice, God did away with the need of sacrifice, only requiring a repenting heart when one does wrong. Requirement of change. A change he will produce in us, if we will obey his word in submission and sacrifice to truth and not the lies of the devil. God's way is best, for he knows the cost of sacrifice, and the cost of following our own will is to do thins our way, and it not always best. We learn it through our giving, and our tithes and offerings. By giving through His Spirit the gift of love, longsuffering, goodness, mercy, kindness, gentleness, and so forth to others. Caring for those that are in need of Jesus.
Dear Heavenly Father, may our sacrifice of obedience only giving what you require of us, be worthy of you, by giving of our love as you gave to us, even when we desire not always the act of love, but the act of war. Give us the ability to love despite our anger in obedience to your word, In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study:Proverbs 15:8-9 KJV
8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.
9 The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the LORD: but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness.