Heb 11:4 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.
The account of Abel’s and Cain’s offerings can be found in Genesis 4:1-10.
Abel’s sacrifice was a lamb of his flock, while Cain’s sacrifice was that of the crops which he had grown. Both were valuable personal possessions. Both were the result of physical labor of the offering’s giver. Both were given to the Lord.
Why was Abel’s sacrifice “more excellent” than Cain’s sacrifice? According to our Hebrews verse, it was because Abel offered the sacrifice “by faith”. During the sacrifice, as the lamb’s blood was being shed, Abel believed that the Messiah would come and be a sacrifice for the forgiveness of sin (see Heb 12:24). In other words, this sacrifice was a display of Abel’s faith.
This same sacrifice declared that Abel had been given righteousness (given to him by God’s grace through faith). By accepting Abel’s offering, God was publically testifying that Abel had received the saving gifts of faith and righteousness.
Although murdered by his brother, Abel’s testimony is still spoken of throughout the ages. How can this be? The public testimony of Abel’s faith was recorded in God’s Word. It is this same Word that is still being read and taught 6000 years later.
Our public testimony, when mixed with faith, is pleasing to God and profitable for man. It has lasting, eternal value. Little did Abel know that one simple sacrifice would result in an ageless example of saving faith and obedience to the Lord; so, too, our testimony of faith. We never know how the Lord may choose to use our testimony in His sovereign plan to redeem mankind from their sin.
May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.
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