Theme: THE PRACTICE OF GOD'S RIGHTEOUSNESS
Text: “And in the process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord. And Abel, he also brought of the firstling of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering.” – Genesis 4:3,4.
Comment: In making offerings to God, Abel gave the best of his flock as a choice offering to God, but Cain did not offer the best of his farm produce to God. Hence, God accepted the offering of Abel and rejected that of Cain – Genesis 4:4,5.
It should be borne in mind that, Abel knew that he should offer the best of his substance to God. This was later put down in writing at the time of Moses the prophet. – Numbers 18:12,17.
That Abel has been approved for salvation because of his acceptable offering to God is a fact of the Holy Bible. St. Paul speaking concerning Abel and his offering stated “By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous…” – Hebrews 11:4.
God Almighty speaking through Malachi the prophet admonished worshippers of God that in making offerings to God, we should offer the best to God and not offer items that may not even be ideal to give as gift to a fellow human being who is in position of authority. We should have the faith to give God the first and the best of what we have, as expressions of our faith in Him.– Malachi 1:7,8.