Why is a blood sacrifice the perfect one for our sins?

Genesis 4:3-5 “In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the LORD. 4And 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, 5but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast.


Both Cain and Abel toiled with the sweat of their brows. Some commentaries suggest that Cain was consumed with anger and bitterness because his parents were failures and  had lost the good life. He may have been annoyed that he had to work with the sweat of his brow.

“That in the course of time Cain brought his offering.” (Verse 3) The expression “in the course of time” means whenever Cain felt like it or whenever it was convenient for Cain he brought his fruits.

Some attend church, give offerings, or read the Bible whenever it is convenient. The Lord wants our very best. God wants our best sacrifices and our service and time. Let’s examine ourselves and think about how we can give God our best to please Him.

Abel sacrificed the fat portions from the firstborn of his flocks, the fattest, most perfect animals as a sacrifice to the Lord. He genuinely worshiped and showed devotion and a sincere obedience to the Lord God.

Hebrews 11:4 “By faith Abel offered God a better sacrifice than Cain did. By faith he was commended as a righteous man, when God spoke well of his offerings.” The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering most likely because it was an animal sacrifice from his flock, a required blood sacrifice.

Cain brought some fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord.

Hebrews 9:22 “The law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.”

This is the reason why the blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is the perfect sacrifice for our sins.

 

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THE FULL ARMOR OF GOD

11Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the LORD’s people. (Ephesians 6:11-18)

Soldiers, policemen, and firemen when leaving their headquarters to face a disaster or danger put on their full armor. In general these protectors and rescuers always put on their gear before going out to fight. Helmet. Bullet-proof vest. Fire resistant coat. Boots. Most of this is defensive, protective gear.

The only offensive weapons they might use are an ax, gun, or tazor.

In the Bible our offensive weapon is the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God.

The Bible says we should “stand firm.”  This tells me that we don’t need a lot of energy, power, or strength to fight the enemy.  Maybe we could just take a stand and beat the enemy down with the Word of God.

If Christians must face the most evil force in the universe, Satan, each day, doesn’t it seem logical that we should put on the full armor of God each day?

 

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Do you think Adam and Eve looked with longing at the gateway to the perfect home they had lost?

1Adam made love to his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain. She said, “With the help of the LORD I have brought forth a man.” 2Later she gave birth to his brother Abel. Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil.

GENESIS CHAPTER 4:1-2

Adam and Eve lived in the most beautiful, comfortable home on the earth. They had no worries, no suffering, and no sickness. After they disobeyed God and ate of the tree God told them not to eat, they were sent out of their home.

The temperature may no longer have been pleasant for the naked. Maybe they were shivering from the cold wrapped in smelly animal skins to keep warm.

If they wanted to go back home, they couldn’t do it because an angelic creature stood guard over it to prevent them.

If the lion was no longer sleeping with the lamb and the animals no longer had access to free food and drink, they may have growled and prowled around the area.

The banished couple needed shelter and food. It’s been suggested they found a cave.

Adam knew his wife Eve. Some translations say Adam made love to his wife.

“With the help of the Lord I have brought forth a male child.” Her praise to the Lord implies that up until that point she had only daughters, but we really don’t know. She was thrilled over the little baby boy.

Cain means brought forth or acquired. Later Eve delivered a second son. The name Abel means “nothing or emptiness.” Why did she call her second son “nothing?” Was it because they had nothing?

It is assumed that Adam and Eve explained to their children what a wonderful life they had in the Garden of Eden and how they had disobeyed the Lord and been expelled from their perfect home. They must have taught their children about sacrificing to the Lord because Cain and Abel both offered sacrifices.

I would have regretted my sin of disobedience and the loss of the perfect life I was forced to leave.

Do you regret your sins and past disobediences?

If so, you can ask forgiveness and the Lord will restore you to fellowship with Him.

 

 

 

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