A Mark of Grace - Genesis 4
Genesis Chapter 4
What we see is not what God sees sometimes
Perhaps, to a stander-by, the sacrifices of Cain and Abel would have seemed both alike good. Adam accepted them both, but God, who sees not as man sees, did not. God had respect to Abel and to his offering, and showed his acceptance of it, probably by fire from heaven; but to Cain and his offering he had not respect.
#1-----We see the Character of 2 Men
one of the attributes or features that make up and distinguish an individual
Attributes describe the quality of something or someone
1. We see a wicked man
There was a difference in the characters of the persons offering. Cain was a wicked man, led a bad life, under the reigning power of the world and the flesh; and therefore his sacrifice was an abomination to the Lord (Prov. 15:8
Abel- We see a righteous Man
But Abel was a righteous man; he is called righteous Abel (Mt. 23:35); his heart was upright and his life was pious; he was one of those whom God’s countenance beholds (Ps. 11:7) and whose prayer is therefore his delight, Prov. 15:8. God had respect to him as a holy man, and therefore to his offering as a holy offering
Verse 4 we see that Abel brought of the firstlings of his flock
#2------- We see the countenance of SIN
43 For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 44 For every tree is known by his own fruit.