Monsoon is catching up in Chennai; dark clouds, chill breeze, and excitement everywhere. I feel this is the best time to write something about Jesus!! (If you have similar symptom, then you are a Jesus freak)
Let me continue on Hebrews11: 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. And by faith he still speaks, even though he is dead.” (NIV)
In this passage we see that Abel’s offering was accepted and Cain’s offering was rejected. What were the reasons behind that? Firstly we see Abel’s offering had an additional ingredient (faith) which pleased God. Abel knew exactly what would please God. He had faith that his offering would be accepted by God and it was so. Faith pleases God like crazy (I know its colloquial!).
But let’s not stop there but learn what Abel offered. Genesis 4:4 says Abel offered firstlings of his flock and of their fat portions. In other words it was a blood offering. Cain offered just vegetation, which did not have blood; God rejected it. But where did Abel get the idea that blood offering will please God? Who educated him regarding that?
We get a clue in Genesis 3:21, where God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife. To make garments of skin, I believe God would have slain an animal (which I believe was a lamb) to cover the nakedness of man and woman. But wait a minute! In verse 7 of the same chapter we see that they Adam and Eve sewed fig leaves and made coverings for themselves. Then why did God have to take pains to make a new outfit. That’s because fig leaves could not cover their nakedness fully. Fig leaves represent our works. We cannot earn salvation by our works. We cannot make it to heaven with our works which exposes our nakedness. That’s why you and I need the blood of Jesus. Hallelujah!
God made garments to demonstrate to Adam and Eve that the whole world will one day be reconciled only through the blood of Jesus. God hates fig leaves. That’s why Jesus cursed the fig tree, remember!! (That’s shouting stuff, isn’t it?)
Also, notice the word firstlings or first-born. In Colossians 1:15 says Jesus is the image of the invisible God, the first born over all creation. The term, firstborn, carries with it the idea of priority and preeminence. Jesus is viewed as Lord over creation. Also in Colossians 1:18 we read that he is also the first born from the dead, which means that He is the Lord of death and life. Christ is the first to come from the dead in true resurrection from the dead. Here is another verse, Romans 8:29″For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the first born among many brethren.”
So when Abel offered the firstlings of his flock, it was a typology of our Lord Jesus. That God would offer His only begotten Son, the first born of all creation as a sacrifice for the remission of our sins. Amazing right?
What about fat portions? “Fat portions” means “choicest, best part, or abundance.” Abel gave what cost him most. God offered what would cost him most His only begotten Son, because He loves you and me so much (See John 3:16)
So today if you feel you are rejected, unloved, and hated by all, take heart child of God, you are God’s beloved. Let His love heal, restore and lift you. Today if you have Jesus you are not condemned. Your sins are paid for on the cross. He paid it all. Jesus is our perfect sacrifice.