Genesis 4: 3-5
In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord. And Abel also brought an offering—fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor.
What on earth was wrong with Cain’s offering?
We can only understand this by recalling that the entire Bible is about Jesus Christ.
The offering that these two descendants of Adam brought spoke of two radically different ways of coming to God.
Cain brought the fruits of his toil as he worked the ground. His approach to God was to impress God with his ability to subdue the cursed soil and make it bring forth produce.
Cain’s approach was to please God by his own skills and by his willingness to work hard; but his productivity wasn’t what God was looking for.
Abel came with the offering of a firstborn lamb, a type and shadow of Jesus Christ. For this reason his offering was acceptable to God.
When a man brings a bloodless sacrifice to God, he is really saying, “I am not guilty. I have no sin and therefore I have no need of a substitute.”
When a man brings blood, it is a sign that he knows that the wages of sin is death and that his condition requires a price to be paid to make things right with God.
You and I cannot supply anything from our own strength and hard work to add to God.
Religion however, pays lip service to Jesus Christ and gives people principles by which to please God; tasks and activities and adjustments they should implement to make their life whole.
People don’t want to admit their need for a Savior, because it places Jesus center stage, not them. But salvation will never come through bloodless religion.
When we become aware of our lack of wholeness in any area, we don’t need to seek out a “to-do” list, or what is just as bad, stay away from God until we can get ourselves fixed up.
Our answer is to look to Jesus. He is our answer, our righteousness and our sanctification. He is our wisdom and our healing and our abundant supply.
One supernatural encounter with Him in the atmosphere of the anointing, is enough to find the answers we need.
This weekend – Seek Him!