Throughout the Bible is a Scarlet Thread of Redemption. A picture which the Creator has brushed onto the canvass of the ages through the pages of Scripture; to give us His promise of salvation; redemption from our sins. These pictures are painted through true, historical events of people’s lives who have lived, breathed, sinned and died (All have sinned and come short of the glory of God… (Romans 3:23)); with the exception of the One of whom these pictures are only types of the anti-type. We write, of course, of Jesus Christ the Son of the Living God; who was born, lived, died, was buried, and rose again to life; and one day has promised to come again.
Think today of the picture of Cain the eldest son of Adam and Eve; and their younger son Abel. The Scripture tells us;
“And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD. And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD. 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: But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.” Genesis 4:1-5 (KJV)
The thing we need to see in this picture today is that Cain was a tiller of the soil – a man of the earth. Abel was a shepherd. Now who is it who is the shepherd of the sheep and they shall not want; [have any lack]? If you will note also the both of them came to worship the LORD with their offerings. Cain brought of the “fruit of the ground” of his own labors; of course; with the exception of God giving the increase; but it does not appear that Cain gives God any notice of that. Abel on the otherhand, “brought from the firstlings of his flock, and of the fat thereof…” He brought the best that he had to give to God in worship.
Because of Abel’s worshipful gift the LORD accepted the gift; […the LORD had respect unto Abel…]. Abel is the picture, the type of our Lord Jesus as he was willing to give his best to God, was hated by his brother – Jesus hated by His brethren – and was a shepherd. “The LORD is my Shepherd; I shall not want…”
Follow this Scarlet Thread of Redemption, it leads to Jesus Christ, His cross, burial, and resurrection. He is coming again. Are you ready?
-Tim A. Blankenship