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Tonight, in family devotions, I was reading to my kids from a Bible storybook about Cain and Abel. In this author’s rendition of the story, Cain’s offering was rejected because it was not his best, while Abel’s offering was the best he had to give and therefore acceptable to God. I think that somehow this writer missed the entre point of the Biblical story. In fact, I believe the reality is quite the opposite.
Cain’s offering was the fruit of his labor, the work of his own hands. When God rejected it, “Cain was exceedingly angry and his countenance fell” (Gen 4:5). Cain was so frustrated because he had indeed brought his best to God…and yet his best was not good enough. God said, “If you do well, will you not be accepted?” “Do well?” Cain must have thought. “I’ve done the best I can do.” Perhaps Cain knew in his heart that he had worked longer and harder than Able ever did. Through sweat, tears and hard manual labor Cain had worked the thorny soil to bring this offering to the Lord. Yet God was pleased with Abel’s gift and not his own. Cain could not understand and soon his frustration boiled over into murderous rage.
Dear Partners in the Harvest,
Here are the results of last week’s Gospel Crusade in Otukpo, Idoma Land, Nigeria: Our Africa-Director informed us that last week 713,590 people responded to the Gospel, received Jesus as their Savior and completed a Decision Card. This crusade was our “out of season-crusade”, because it took place in the Rainy Season, but as you can see, the Lord held back the rain and gave us a full harvest. All Praise be to God!
“Oh, that someone would give me water to drink,” sighed King David, “from the well of Bethlehem which is by the gate!” When three soldiers overheard his wishful musing they reached for their swords and disappeared into the night. They had not been commanded to act and were under no obligation to do so, but driven by a force more compelling then any duty call – love for their King – they broke through the camp of the Philistines, drew out the water and brought it to David.
David was so touched by this exploit that he could not bring himself to drink the water…instead he poured it out before the Lord. It wasn’t the risk they had taken that impressed him. Soldiers were all required to risk their lives, but this was different. They did not do this for Israel, for Judah, for the war or even for the battle. This was a personal offering for David and certainly the most costly gift he had ever been given.
If you were suffering from terrible, chronic headaches and you went to see your doctor, he might write a prescription for something like Fioricet. “Don’t worry,” he’d say. “There’s a pill for that problem.”
If you had high blood pressure, the doctor might prescribe something like Benazepril. “There’s a pill for that problem too.”
If you were suffering from anxiety, depression or obsessive-compulsive disorder, he might prescribe something like Prozac. For every problem he has a pill. And if that pill causes another problem…don’t worry, he has a pill for that problem as well.