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.