Examples of Faith - The Faith of Abel - Hebrews
faith Abel offered to God a better sacrifice than Cain, through which he
obtained the testimony that he was righteous, God testifying about his gifts,
and through faith, though he is dead, he still speaks." Hebrews 11:4 (NAS)
In this 2nd example of faith given in Hebrews chapter 11, the writer speaks of Cain
and Abel, the sons of Adam and Eve. Let's look at their story and the
faith of Abel.
Here is the story of Cain and Abel from the book of
The Birth of Cain and Abel...and Their Work
Now the man had relations with his wife Eve, and she conceived and gave birth to
Cain, and she said, "I have gotten a manchild with the help of the LORD."
2 And again, she gave birth to his brother Abel. And Abel
was a keeper of flocks, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.
The Offerings to the Lord
3 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;
5but for Cain and
for his offering He had no regard. So Cain became very angry and his countenance
6 Then the LORD said to Cain, "Why are you angry?
And why has your countenance fallen?
7 "If you do well,
will not your countenance be lifted up? And if you do not do well, sin is
crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it."
Cain Kills His Brother
8 And Cain told
Abel his brother. And it came about when they were in the field, that Cain rose
up against Abel his brother and killed him.
9 Then the
LORD said to Cain, "Where is Abel your brother?" And he said, "I do not know. Am
I my brother's keeper?"
10And He said, "What have you
done? The voice of your brother's blood is crying to Me from the ground.
11 "And now you are cursed from the ground, which has
opened its mouth to receive your brother's blood from your hand.
"When you cultivate the ground, it shall no longer yield its strength
to you; you shall be a vagrant and a wanderer on the earth." Genesis 4:1-12
According to Genesis 4:4, what did Abel receive from the Lord as a result of