What Can We Learn From Cain and Abel

Genesis 4:1-12 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.  (8)  And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.  (9)  And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper?  (10)  And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground.  (11)  And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand;  (12)  When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.

 

  1. CAIN
    1. Picture of a lost man.
    2. Type of Antichrist.
    3. Means Possession or possessed.
    4. Tiller of the ground.
  2. ABEL
    1. Picture of a saved man.
    2. Type of Christ.
    3. Means vanity, breath, vapour, mourning.
    4. Keeper of sheep.
    5. First Martyr.
  3. Works do not please God! A sacrifice does!
    1. Works are as filthy rags!
      1. Isaiah 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
    2. There is NONE Righteous without Christ!
      1. Romans 3:10-12 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: (11)  There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.  (12)  They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
      2. Psalms 14:1-3 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good. (2)  The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.  (3)  They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
      3. Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
  1. Be angry but don’t SIN!
    1. Ephesians 4:26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
  2. Stay away from angry people!
    1. Proverbs 22:24 Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go:
  3. Don’t hate without a cause!
    1. John 15:25 But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause.
    2. 1 John 3:15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.
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