“And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father” (John 16:3).
What makes siblings behave so differently from one another? We are taught the same values as children by our parents. We are taught the same rules by which our parents govern the home. Yet, for some reason there is almost always a wayward child! One that strays and ends up on the darkside, while the other child or children land in the path of light.
The dark child is the resentful child, always disagreeable and unmanageable and head strong, willful and defiant. While the child of light is approachable, cooperative, obedient, careful, teachable and respectful. But they are both taught and trained in the same household in the same manner.
What is the point of separation? Why have there been two different paths taken? Why does the family hate the children of light and tolerate the children of darkness?
“I now know why they hate me!” In order for me to understand relationships between siblings, I had to go back to the book of beginnings, Genesis, to observe the relationship between Cain and Abel. The first two brothers recorded in the Bible. Their parents were Adam and Eve of the bible, and these two is the cause of the “Fall” of humanity and brought sin into the world. So, it is safe to say that they were not perfect parents.
However, they knew God the Creator and as a result, they taught their sons about God. The sons knew God the Father because God had spoken to Cain on several occasions. Abel was a Shepherd and a possessor of flocks and herds, Cain was a tiller of the ground. It was not occupation that parted these first two brothers in the world, but their conception of what was pleasing and acceptable to God.
Consequently, Cain’s conception of what was pleasing to God was completely wrong! He refused to honor and embrace the Sovereignty of God. Cain did not develop in his mind and heart what God required of him. It did not matter what God thought was holy only what he desired mattered to Cain.
Abel on the other hand, was about the things of God. He listened to his parents regarding the sovereignty of God. He followed all the laws and he loved God and honored him. He was quite different from his brother. Abel was not selfish or self-serving. He was meek and giving and obedient.
Those who are willful and defiantly always disobey God’s warnings! When a righteous person warns a disobedient person, there is a hatred that divides them. Why? Why did Abel please God and Cain did not? Why did Cain hate Abel so much that he killed him?
Abel feared God and because he did, he offered to God the best of his flock. His was a sacrifice of blood and it represented the surrender of his heart to God. Can brought what he had gathered from the earth, an offering representing his own fleshly efforts. God was pleased with Abel’s sacrifice and accepted it, but not Cain’s offering. It is because God was not pleased with Cain that Cain killed his brother.
How many times have the righteous offered their best to God, and as a result God blessed them and smiled upon them and their ministry? While the unrighteous offered their own efforts before God and he was pleased with them and rejected their offering. Resulting in persecution of the unrighteous attacking and trying to destroy the righteous.
Abel was faithful to God the Father and his conception of God’s commandments were understood in his heart. Cain did not conceive the commandments of God in his heart. Cain conceived Satan’s commandments. Here we have two different concepts of God’s commandments. The same words were spoken to both brothers, with one understanding the righteousness of God and the other refusing to understand the concepts of God. “Where there is no vision, the people perish, but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” (Proverbs 29:18).
Jesus told his disciples when he sent the out on errands, that they might sit down and count the cost. He told them to expect the world’s hatred; now they are experiencing the venom of the world for preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He gives them a reason why he alarmed them with the expectation of trouble. “These things I have spoken unto you that you should not be offended or scandalized.”
Our Lord Jesus, by giving us notice of trouble, designed to take off the terror of it, that it might not be a surprise to us. Of all the adversaries of our peace in this world of troubles, no insult is more violent, nor put our soldiers of Christ into disorder, than disappointment. He foretells what they should suffer. “Those that have power to do it will put you out of the churches and this is not the worst, ‘they will kill you.’” You will find them cruel, you will be a sheep for the slaughter. You will be killed under the character of being God’s enemy; but there will be a resurrection of names as well as of bodies on that great day.
Many pretend to know God and are wretchedly ignorant of him. “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” (2 Timothy 3:4). Those who pretend to do Christ service thought they knew him, but it was a wrong conception they had of Christ. “Not everyone that saith unto, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the Kingdom of heaven.” (Matt 7:21). Those who are ignorant of Christ cannot have any right knowledge of God. In vain men pretend to know God and faith and slight Christ and Christianity.
Then they hate you because you are different from them and making progress on your Christian journey. They do everything they can to undermine your work for the Lord. They challenge everything you do! They slander your name and call you evil. “I know why they hate me.” Because Christ said they would hate us for his name sake. Simply because we walk in the righteousness of God and shone evil.
KEEP WALKING CHRISTIAN SOLDIERS IN THE NAME OF JESUS!