This story teaches the difference between the righteous and the wicked. Two brothers one gained the respect of the LORD the other did not gain the respect from the LORD. It was by faith that Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain. Abel was righteous, The LORD God testifying of the gifts that Abel had offered to Him. Even though Cain had killed Abel he still spoke to the LORD. (Hebrew 11:4).
Genesis 4:1- 16
Adam and Eve had a baby boy they named Cain, Eve said. “ I have gotten a man from the LORD.” Eve had another son she named Abel. Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.
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 firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:
But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth (angry), and his countenance fell. The LORD said unto Cain, Why are you angry? If you do well, shall you not be accepted? If you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And unto you shall be his desire, and you shall rule over him.
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. The LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel your brother? And he said I do not know: Am I my brothers keeper?
The LORD said to Cain what have you done? The voice of your brothers blood cries unto me in from the ground. Now you are cursed from the earth, which has opened her mouth to receive thy brothers blood from your hand; when you till the ground, it shall not yield unto you her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond, shall you be in the earth.
Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear. You have driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from you face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that finds me shall slay me.
And the LORD said unto him, therefore whosoever slays Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him. And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.
What can we learn from this story?
It was by faith that Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain. Abel was righteous, The LORD God testifying of the gifts that Abel had offered to Him. Even though Cain had killed Abel he still spoke to the LORD. (Hebrew 11:4).
Cain was the wicked one, he killed his brother. Cain killed Abel because his own works were evil, and killed his brother who was righteous. (1John 3:12).
Cain refused to hear the words of warning of the LORD God. His jealousy got the best of him and he murdered his brother Abel. Then the LORD said to him, “Where is your brother Abel?” “I don”t know,” he replied. “Am I my brothers keeper?” (Genesis 4:9). Cain was not going to take responsibility for his actions. Sin keeps us from the LORD God. When we are sinful and disobedient we also are kept from the LORD.
Cain surrendered to uncontrolled emotion. Because of his disobedience to the LORD God Cain will have no home to call his own, he will be a traveler and always moving from place to place, he also will be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth. Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and lived in fear.
We must not become like Cain whose actions were evil and Abel, his brother, was righteous. It can be said that Cain belonged to satan and Abel belonged to the LORD God. We can learn from Cain that hate destroys and kills.