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Both Cain and Abel brought their offerings to God.  We do not know the specific requirements that God gave them for their offerings, (although we presume that Cain and Abel were aware of God's desire).  All we know is that "by faith" Abel offered an offering that would be acceptable to God.

"By faith Abel offered to God a better sacrifice than Cain..."  Hebrews 11:4 (NAS)

"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..." Genesis 4:4 (NAS)

Why Wasn't Cain's Offering Acceptable?

Although God certainly knows why Cain's offering was not acceptable...we do not know the specific reason.  Some may speculate as to the reasons: 

  • Did Cain bring something different than what God asked for? 
  • Was Cain's heart or attitude not right when he brought the offering? 
  • Was Cain thinking that his offering was sufficient payment for God's favor? 
  • Did Cain not have faith in God's promises? 

In 1 John 3:12, we get a better glimpse of the reason.  It says that Cain killed his brother because "his deeds were evil." 

"...not as Cain, who was of the evil one, and slew his brother.  And for what reason did he slay him?  Because his deeds were evil, and his brother's were righteous."  I John 3:12 (NAS)

Cain's deeds (the offering itself...or perhaps some other deeds after the offering) are described here as "evil."  Abel's deeds were considered by God to be "righteous."

God Has No Regard For Cain's Offering

"...but for Cain and for his offering He (God) 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? 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." Genesis 4:5-7

By Faith Abel Offered A Better Sacrifice Than Cain (Hebrews 11:4)
Faith is the assurance of things hoped for...
the conviction of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1

1. What is the thing hoped for...or is not seen? What Is The Thing Hoped For: 
The Lord's regard or favor.
2. What is man's part, if any? To bring an offering in the way in which God commanded.
3. What is God's part? Receiving the offering which Cain and Abel brought and giving favor or regard.
4. How did Abel have this assurance and conviction in what is hoped for...or what is not seen?
  1. Understand the thing hoped for...or the thing not seen.
  2. Hear God's word (Faith comes by hearing...and hearing by the word of Christ.  Romans 10:17) to understand God's power and faithfulness to His promises.
  3. Do your part, if any.

  4. Trust God that He has done what He has said...and/or that He will do what He promises.

  5. Pray that God will help increase your belief and faith (Luke 17:5, Mark 9:23-24) and give you wisdom (James 1:5).

Let's look at the next example given in Hebrews chapter 11.

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