GOD’S FAVOR WON THROUGH SIMPLE OBEDIENCE

Abel offered a lamb. He simply did what God wanted him to do. This was his worship, finding joy in doing the Lord’s will. Cain wanted his own way. He wanted to offer his garden produce, what he chose to offer. How could God refuse such a beautiful offering? How dare he refuse! God surely would not want to turn a worshiper away.

Today many want to claim God’s favor, for doing what they decide they should do. If they want to work to feed their families on the Lord’s day instead of going to church, God should understand and appreciate their noble efforts. If they want to show their love in a homosexual way, God should appreciate their love expression. Someone suggested God holds the hand of those who abort their babies.

How dare God restrain people from doing whatever they please if they supposedly are not hurting anyone. God should be glad they are doing what makes them happy, according to these modern-day Cains. He surely doesn’t want them to be unhappy. How dare anyone be so rude as to suggest they are doing wrong!

God had a plan. His plan was to have his Son die as a sin offer for Cain’s sin so he could be saved from death. The lamb sin offering would illustrate the need of one life being offered for another. Of course Cain and no one else understood the significance at this time. But Cain’s determination to have his own way precluded him from having faith in God and the gift of salvation the Lord so desired to give him.

Abel simply did God’s will, in full surrender of his own will and received the salvation God offered. Today we can be saved as we trust Christ’s sin offering, the sacrifice Cain’s lamb sin offering foreshadowed. In doing so we turn from the sin for which his life was offered. What joy there is in simple obedience!

GOD CALLS PEOPLE, LONGING TO SAVE THEM

We can hear the grief in God’s voice as he calls for Adam and Eve in Genesis 3 “Where are you?” Adam and Eve had been in regularly communion with the Lord in the garden. They were always eager to hear his voice. But now they hide as God walks through the Garden to find them. And he is deeply saddened for he feels rejected.

Adam answered from his hiding place, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid”

“Who told you that you were naked? Did you eat from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from? ”‭ God asked.

Adam and Eve had eaten the forbidden. This was why they felt their nakedness, feeling exposed to sin’s power and God’s disapproval. They really didn’t want to be in God’s presence to face their guilt, no longer clothed in innocence. However, God was calling out to them with great longing for their souls and fellowship with them. He wanted them back.

They would be driven from the garden so they could no longer eat from the tree of life to live forever. Their sin had condemned them to toil and pain and death. But God was not going to give up on mankind. He had an amazing plan to save people from the sin he always knew they would commit.

The Lord had given people the power to choose to love and obey him instead of rejecting him. But he also had formed an amazing, earth shaking, eternity shaking plan to save them from the choices he knew they would make. For this reason he was calling them back.

We know what price he would pay to provide salvation for them and us. And he is calling us back today since having paid that awful price in his son. Don’t allow your past failures to separate you from such a loving, forgiving Lord.

he could be saved from death. The lamb sin offering would illustrate the need of one life being offered for another. Of course Cain and no one else understood the significance at this time. But Cain’s determination to have his own way precluded him from having faith in God and the gift of salvation the Lord so desired to give him.

Abel simply did God’s will, in full surrender of his own will and received the salvation God offered. Today we can be saved as we trust Christ’s sin offering, the sacrifice Cain’s lamb sin offering foreshadowed. In doing so we turn from the sin for which his life was offered. What joy there is in simple obedience!

GOD SHOWS HIS LOVE

The Holy Trinity wanted to expand the awesome love fellowship each of the three shared with each other. “Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness. They will rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, the livestock, the whole earth, and the creatures that crawl on the earth” (Genesis 1:26). God made people with the ability to choose to love him.

Their ability to choose meant they could be tempted to do wrong, but it also meant they could love him. Love would only be possible on the basis of choice. Since it was possible to choose to do wrong, God gave the first couple, Adam and Eve, every possible incentive to choose what was pleasing to the Lord and good for them. They were placed in the beautiful garden of Eden with a huge variety of all kinds of delicious fruits and vegetables.

All this food was there for their nourishment and pleasure except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God had to make one tree, only one tree, off limits so they could choose to love him and his will and not choose to do wrong. Yes, he placed the forbidden fruit there to make it possible for them to have a love relationship with their Creator. Only the devil would suggest otherwise.