What comes to your mind when you think of Cain in the Bible? The man who hated & killed his brother? Well, you would be partly right. But have you ever thought of him as a worshipper? Let’s look a little deeper into this man named Cain.
3 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord. 4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering: 5 But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. 6 And the Lord said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?
THERE WAS A PROCESS
1) THE PLACE OF WORSHIP
It says they “brought” their offering to the Lord. We have no way of knowing exactly where this was but they had a predetermined place they would worship God. Thankfully, we are given the mercy & grace to simply come to Jesus to worship. In John chapter 4 the Samaritan woman has this same dilemma. Do we worship in Jerusalem or in this mountain? Jesus lets her know that worshipping in spirit and in truth is the priority.
2) THE TIME OF WORSHIP
“In the process of time.” They had a time of worship. In the Old Testament, times and seasons were very important. Feasts, festivals, Holy days, the Day of Atonement, all had specific times. After Christ, the time frame becomes one of constant urgency. The New Testament is full of commands to “be ready”, “watch”, etc. Everything revolves around a countdown of sorts: the return of Christ.
2 Corinthians 6:2
2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)
Hebrews 9:22 (KJV 1900)
22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.
4 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.
So how does your worship measure up? You see, before this incident we have no indication that Cain was the worst of the two. He made a conscience effort to worship God. As a matter of fact, he worked much harder to produce his offering. Cain also most likely wore the same type of animal skins that God provided for his parents; a symbol of the blood sacrifice that was necessary. Outwardly, Cain looked the part and worked the part, but inwardly there was something missing. It affected his countenance. He worshipped God but was still capable of murder.
Our worship must be more than an outward show of religion. It must be an inward response of the heart!
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