Bible study update

by Struthers Cumbernauld

This week at our Bible Study we continued with our study of Hebrews chapter 11. Much of our discussion centered around the story of Cain and Abel in Genesis chapter 4, of whom Hebrews 11:4 makes reference.
The story in the Old Testament describes how Abel presented the best of what he had (a firstborn lamb) to God as an offering, and Cain offered some crops from his harvest. We spent some time discussing the difference in attitude these individuals had towards God, evidenced by the sacrifice they offered. The law had not yet been given to the Israelites, and so Cain and Abel, as far as we know, were not given instruction to offer specific sacrifices to God. They would have given out of the desire of their heart. Cain, in presenting only some crops from his harvest evidenced that he was apathetic and lacking in reverence towards God, whereas Abel sacrificed something that would have been very precious to him, indicating a fear of God and thus faith in God.
Despite Cain's attitude God’s divine mercy and grace are shown in his response to Cain: “You will be accepted if you do what is right."
We found it interesting that God was giving clear warning to Cain, and we would do well to heed that warning also. “Sin’s desire is for you, but you must master it.”
We finished our discussion by pondering our own services and sacrifices for God. He requires a humble and loving attitude like Abel, a heart of faith towards God. Let us cultivate this attitude and ask God to grant faith that our sacrifices and services may be honoured by Him.