by Harley Howard

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Genesis Chapter 4 (4 of 47)
Series: The Study of The Word Of God
Harley Howard

1 And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD.

The word knew in this verse speaks of a sexual union between Adam and Eve. Some commentators believe that when Cain was born that Eve was under the impression that he was the redeemer, based on Genesis 3:15. But we will soon see that he was anything but a redeemer, but he was a murderer.

2 And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.

Abel was a shepherd while Cain was a worker of the soil.

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.

There is much detail that is left out of the Genesis account, as I have said earlier. These verses are no exception. For instance look at the phrase, "in the process of time". How long is that? No one knows. What happened in between the process of time? No one knows. However, there are some important truths from the New Testament that we can conclude happened during this time period.

We can conclude that God spoke to both of these men. You say; where did you get that?

Hebrews 11:4
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.

In Hebrews 11:4, we see that by faith, Abel offered unto God, a more excellent sacrifice than Cain. In other words, Abel responded, by faith, to the revelation from God and if Abel offered a sacrifice to God, then he received revelation from God to do it and how to ...

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