Monday Fossils – Questions in Genesis

Genesis

For today’s blog, I asked some folks if they had any questions about Genesis, creation vs. evolution, or the likes. I got back some awesome questions!

The first one was asked by Linda C. (This is the only one I’m going to answer today since my response was so long)

Linda asked why the fruit offering wasn’t as good as the meat offering with Cain and Abel. This is such a fantastic question! It’s always important for us to look towards scripture to interpret scripture. This is even more important in the case of Cain and righteous Abel, seeing how it is the only source we have.

There is a lot in the OT that is simply not explained, or expounded upon, until the NT. As many faithful men throughout the ages have quipped ‘The New Testament is in the Old Testament concealed, and the Old Testament is the in the New Testament revealed.’ Like the brass serpent in the wilderness, our Messiah saves us in so many ways, not just from sin, death, and damnation…but also from confusion.

Genesis 4:2-7 tells us that Cain and Abel brought to the Lord their minchah, translated offering. Cains offering was rejected, while Abel’s was accepted. God then warns Cain not

Scriptures
Cain VS Abel

to be angry, but to rule over sin. Was Cains offering rejected because it was fruit and not meat?

Minchah is translated throughout the levitical law as ‘meat offering’. However, there are other words frequently used when referring to sacrifices, such as olah olah, so we cannot come to a decisive conclusion based on a word study if Abel’s offering was accepted simply because it was meat and Cains was not. We do see though, that when Adam and Eve sinned God killed an aminal to cover their sins, giving an example of the sacrificial system and a foreshadowing of the final sacrifice in our Lord, Jesus Christ. It is possible that by the point reached with Cain and Abel everyone understood that offerings brought before God needed to be blood sacrifices.

If we were Old Testament believers we could go back and forth for a while, but we are blessed to be in the New Covenant! So this question is cleared up in the NT. Jesus calls Abel righteous in both the gospel of Matthew and Luke. The writer of Hebrews tells us that Abel gave his offering by faith. Even repeating that his sacrifice was more excellent than Cains. John, the revelator (try not to sing the song, I bet you can’t do it) not the baptist, also refers to the Cain in his epistle 1 John. He tells us to love one another, not as Cain. He speaks of Cain as a son of Satan and calls his works evil. He hated Abel because he was evil, but his brother was righteous. It always comes down to the heart. God searches the heart.

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Jeremiah 17:10

Cains sacrifice would have been rejected no matter what he had brought. Proverbs 15:8 tells us that God hates the sacrifice of the wicked. Proverbs 21:27 calls the sacrifice of the wicked an abomination. John tells us Cain was wicked, even Cains actions cry out to his wickedness.

This is not just Biblical history, it’s a warning to all who read it. Those who come before the Lord with a wicked heart might fool the righteous, but they will never fool God. We cannot become righteous of our own accord, we must believe that Christ was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died for our sins, then rose again. We must cry out in repentance of our sins, and becomes slaves to the Lord who bought us out of the chains and bondage to sin. In Pauls letter to Timothy, he reminds him to work through his salvation through fear and trembling. We need to do this, and we also need to remember that the world, just as Cain did, will hate the righteous. Even unto death. They hated Christ and murdered Him, a slave is not greater than it’s master. If they hated Him, they will hate us.

We must, as Christians, take the Bible seriously. How do we know that Cain and Abel even ever existed? Because Jesus Christ verifies this, and the disciples led by the Holy Spirit do as well. What happens if we don’t take Genesis as literal history? Then we have no reason to hold to the Gospel or saving Grace. Why? It was only due to the first Adam sinning that God sent His only begotten Son, the second Adam, Jesus Christ, to atone for all sin. For by one man sin entered the world…you see our entire belief system hinges on Genesis. I can trudge through fossils, data, and more archeological evidence each Monday, but it would all be pointless without one certain agreement, Genesis is history. World history. Our history. Stand firm on the whole counsel of the Word, friends!

Thank you, Linda C. for your awesome question!

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Author: lnhereford

I am a Christian, wife, mother, and homeschooler currently traveling the United States with my loving husband and darling daughter!

2 thoughts on “Monday Fossils – Questions in Genesis”

  1. So, God’s answer to people trying to be good is that their actions aren’t good enough. The problem is that this rejection only serves to push people further away from God.

    For us secular folks, the equivalent scenario is a societal one: a person commits a crime (it doesn’t matter if its a major or minor one) and the person is labeled a criminal which affects the rest of their life. For most noncriminals, there is no amount of atonement that will remove the stigma from a criminal. This attitude only serves to remove any sort of incentive for the criminal to act good because it doesn’t matter what good they do, they will always be defined by one bad choice.

    Of course, with an all knowing god acting as judge and jury, obviously Cain was irredeemable from prebirth. Humans are faulty in that we can choose to see good where there is none, but if god knows you’re bad, well, you’re screwed. From a societal point of view, God’s labels do not help convince people to make society safe and productive.

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    1. Good morning Catherine, it’s good to hear from you on this matter. You always bring a different perspective. On the contrary, rather then God finding Cain irredeemable, even from birth He did something astounding. When Cain realized the magnitude of what had happened he panicked, he told God whoever found him would surely kill him. So God decreed that whoever killed Cain, their punishment would be far worse (as Cain was no longer going to be able he farm, he was driven from his land) so God saved Cains life. You see societal’s view is the exact opposite of Gods view. Society sees a criminal, take a murdered like Cain, and we write them off for life. God sees that we are all born sinners, and to reconcile His justice with His mercy, and loving kindness, He sent His very own Son to die. We know, in our natural state, that when someone breaks the law there are consequences. If you kill someone you will get caught, and punished. You have to ‘pay for what you’ve done’. God saw that our sins were so great we could never pay in full. So Jesus Christ came, He died for your sin and mine. On the cross he cried out ‘tetelestie’ Greek for Paid In Full. Usually that’s translated ‘it is finished’, however in the Roman culture at the time when you committed a crime you were considered to have owed a debt to society. Once you worked that debt off I prison your debt would be declared tetelestie, paid in full. This is why, once we come to the conclusion we all sin and fall short, we’re not left with nothing but God’s labels. We’re left with a choice. We can cry out to the Creator for forgiveness, we can repent of our sin, and He is faithful and just to forgive us. Not because of anything we do, but because of what He has already done. In the world there is no forgiveness for crimes, there is only the stigma of ‘criminal’. In Christ there is forgiveness of all sins.

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