2012-08-19 - The World's Behavior vs. God's Standards
The Epistles of John ~ Part 56 ~ 1 John
Verse 12: The love of believers one for another, is contrasted with the hatred that Cain had for his brother. John makes it clear that the basis of Cain's hatred was his own evil nature. In what way does Cain represent the actions of the world? And when he was confronted with the righteous quality of his brother, he hated Abel and slew (killed) him.
"In the course of time, Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord. But Abel brought fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering" (Genesis 4:4).
And isn't hatred and murder the place where it all began? Christ said of Satan:
" He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies" (John 8:44).
The real spiritual battle is the stand for truth in the church, truth expressed in love.
This passage doesn't show exactly what was going on. Abel offered a sacrifice of an animal, a blood sacrifice. In contrast Cain offered up produce. Abel's sacrifice was accepted, Cain's rejected. But Cain could have gone to Abel and traded for an animal. Cain, however, acted as if God should consider Himself lucky that Cain offered anything. Confronted with Abel's righteousness, instead of turning to God, Cain became murderously angry and killed him.
To be continued.