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why didn't God look with favor on Cain's offering? Commentaries I've read suggest that Cain's offering was a careless or thoughtless offering whereas Abel's offering was a choice or generous offering.----- My comments:
Keep this in mind as we study the sanctuary in Exodus and onward. The sanctuary and its services are so often ignored, but show the whole plan of salvation! The slain lamb represents Jesus, who died for us. Thus, I suspect that once sin entered, God showed, by example what would happen to Jesus - that our sins would kill Him. As a reminder of what He would do, and of what sin would do, I think God instructed the first family to slay a lamb for their sins. --it would certainly make me think before doing something I believed was sin! If such was the case, then Abel did as he might have been instructed, and Cain, with his own self-justification, decided it really didn't matter what was brought to God's altar. Thus his sin and God's displeasure.

Cain presented SOME (keyword here) of his crops as a gift. NOT the first or best, just some. Abel, on the other hand brought the BEST of the firstborn lambs. Hope this makes sense to you Deb.

Yesterday I was unable to answer roll call. I have read thru the Bible with Mike all but two years since he started the one-year-bible-blog. I am really looking forward to this form of doing so. I live in Mesa, AZ, one of many favorite verses is Zephaniah 3:17, I will be 75 yrs. in March, bowl once a week, Love the Lord and wish all who read this to have a marvelous 2011 and a new, fresh walk with God. Love in Christ p.s. don't forget to pray for Mike as he continues to provide us with info, pictures & music.

Re: Gen 4:7, avoid situations that would cause sin, invoke God constantly, read the Word, surround yourself with people and things (books, TV programs, movies, etc) that are a good influence in your life.

Gen 4:15 and 6:7-8, awed how forgiving and kind God is to us.

Thanks Mike!

A thought, we like to blame some one or something for our sins. We don't blame ourselves. Adam blamed Eve, Eve blamed the "snake" and Cain blamed Able. Question? Who do you blame when you are angry?

It is incredible the more I read the more questions I have. I am only two days into this and it is like reading a good mystery/sci fi book. people living 900 years, one man destroying the earth and all its flesh, while saving what he felt was the one perfect family and a pair of each and every animal. Where were all the plants and trees and all spoken of in genesis 1

28And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

29And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.

30And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.

I am here today and will be here tomorrow.......with more questions i am sure of that.

Deb asked why God didn't except Cain's gift? It was because his came from the ground that he cursed. Able gave him a blood sacrifice from the firstborn of his flock. God is specific about what he accepts as a sacrifice.

I am enjoying this thru the Bible Study.

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