Week 6 of Bible Study
Read Genesis 4: 1-5
Why does God accept Abel's offering but not Cain's?
Cain gives "some of the land's produce"
but Abel gave his "firstborn" and "fat portions" of his lambs.
Why shouldn't God accept both?
When you shop for a gift for someone you truly love
do you buy the first gift you see?
Do you just get something for them so you can be done
and on to something more fun for you to do?
Or do you think about that person you love,
Think about their likes and hobbies, Their passions.
And try to get that "perfect" gift.
Or if you don't have the money, you make them something
putting in your best efforts to give them a gift from your heart.
Do you see the difference there?
A gift given out of obligation is not of the quality of the one given out of Love
Cain gave "some" of his produce.
Probably produce that was a little to old to use....or something he didn't really like to eat....or something he had an abundance of
Cain's offering was out of obligation, not love.
Abel gave his "firstborn" and "fat portions", He gave the very best of his flock.
(Also note that this offering parallels what God sacrificed for us; God's 'firstborn' and most "perfect lamb", God gave us His very best and He gave it out of love, not obligation)
Read Hebrews 11:4
Abel gave his offering in Faith
Abel was confident in sacrificing his best lambs,
he was willing to take this loss to his flock
because he had faith that God would bless him with more lambs in the future.
In today's world we do not make sacrifices to worship God.
(you could argue that our tithing is our sacrifice)
And what is important to learn from this story of the Bible
is that it is very important HOW we worship God.
Do you go to church out of obligation or love for God?
Do you sing hymn while thinking of things you'd rather be doing or is your heart in the songs, contemplating God's great love for us?
Do you go through the motions of communion and services
looking at your cell phone, feeling bored and irritated?
God doesn't want you in Church out of obligation.
He wants you to give your love freely to Him.
You can change your attitude by taking that hour of Church
to think and reflect deeply on God's love for you.
Listen to the preacher's words with an open heart,
pay attention to the words in the hymns you sing.
Put your whole being into the service
and it will bring you closer to God.
And it will fill you with Joy.
And Church isn't the only way we can Worship God
Do you pray?
Do you say a quick memorized prayer with no heart in it?
Or do you pray with all your heart and soul?
Do you read the Bible?
Or are you too busy playing video games and texting on your phone?
Where is your Heart in your Worship?