“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:”
Text: Genesis 4:1-7
Adam and Eve were the first humans created by God. Sometime after they sinned against God, and were driven out of the beautiful garden of Eden they began to have children. Their first born was named Cain and the second was Abel. The name Abel means “a breath” or “a grassy place.” He was a keeper of sheep (shepherd). At a young age, Abel began to worship the living God. He was a righteous and sincere seeker of the living God which shows in his offering a worthy sacrifice unto God. God accepted his offering and made it known to him and his brother Cain. The reason for the divine acceptance of his offering was in the state of his heart. Well-doing consisted not in the outward offering but in the right state of mind.
The acceptability depends on the inner motives and godly character of a person offering sacrifices to God. Though Abel was killed by his brother Cain, his blood cried out to God for vengeance. Abel was a type of Christ because the sacrifice he offered points to what Jesus would do for all sinners to gain acceptance before God. In Abel you can find –
Absolute trust in God.
Boldness and courage in standing for what is right.
Extra-ordinary faith in God.
Love for God and His righteous standard.
You are the Abel in this generation, shine forth the light as you live in righteousness and holiness all the days of your life.
Prayer for today
Lord, give me courage to live a righteous life.