So it came about in the course of time that Cain
brought an offering to the LORD of the fruit of the
ground. 4 And Abel, on his part also
brought of the firstlings of his flock and of their
fat portions. And the LORD had regard for Abel and
for his offering; 5 but for Cain and for
his offering He had no regard. So Cain became very
angry and his countenance fell. 6 Then
the LORD said to Cain, "Why are you angry? And why
has your countenance fallen? "If
you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up?
Genesis 4:3-6 (NAS)
Does God require a faith that leads to
Is it important that we offer the sacrifices and
praises to God that God asks for? Or should we
offer only what we want to offer?
God promised to Cain that "his countenance
would be lifted up...if
he did well." Cain did not have faith in
this promise; but instead, Cain chose not to do
well...he chose to do evil:
this is the message which you have heard from the
beginning, that we should love one another; not as
Cain, who was of the evil one, and slew his brother.
And for what reason did he slay him? Because
were evil, and his brother's were righteous.
1 John 3:11-12 (NAS)
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