Please read Genesis 4, Genesis 5,1 Chron 1:1-4, Genesis 6, and come right back – here’s what I am thinking about today:
The story of Cain and Abel is sad on several different levels. Cain’s action was extreme (that’s an understatement). At first look, God’s response to Cain’s offering seems extreme as well. However, when you read the Old Testament, take every opportunity to apply the character of the God you know today to the God of the Old Testament – He’s exactly the same, yesterday, today and forever. When it seems harsh, take a deeper look. Cain did not give a firstfruit offering, and this may not have even come from his own harvest. Apparently Cain picked a few wild fruits and called it a day, an offering which cost him nothing. In contrast, Abel brought the best he had to the Lord, a firstborn, a valuable animal that might have brought a price if he had sold it. Their offerings were not the same – but the Lord wasn’t looking for the same in value (never that, even today), He is looking for the same level of sacrifice.
I love the reference to Enoch, about how God “took” him. Imagine being so close that the separation of heaven and earth is too much! Wow! God desires an intimate relationship with His children and I am humbled by that thought.