CAINS’ AND ABELS’ IN GOD’S HOUSEHOLD!
“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? Those who have been raised in the same household are taught the same family values as children. They are taught the same rules by which the 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 child of darkness 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. This is the same principle in the household of God. We are taught the scriptures from the Holy Bible, and yet two separate paths are taken. This is because there are “Cains’ and Abels’ in the Household of God.”
What is the point of separation? Why have there been two different paths taken? When did the decision to choose to be good or evil manifest in the heart? Why do so many leaders excuse ungodly behavior and fail to correct their sheep? Instead the leaders yield to the unnatural behavior of their sheep, which only grows darker and darker in spirit and in character. Now no one likes to admit that their congregation entertains unchallenged sinful behavior. In fact, they will get downright angry if anyone dare say their sheep are evil or wicked or unnatural. Hold on now, compose yourself and let’s walk through the Word of God and see what the Lord has to say about “Cains’ and Abels’ in God’s Household.”
I went to the book of beginnings, the book of Genesis, to observe the relationship with God and Cain and Abel. The first two brothers recorded in the biblical family history. Their parents were Adam and Eve of the Bible, and these first parents are 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. Adam and Eve knew God and they chose to sin! The children get their guidance from their parents. The parents knew both good and evil, like parents today know good and evil. Their children are learning good and evil from them; and they will choose for themselves which path they want to take. Let’s be clear parents, no one is born a Christian today, it was a conscious decision to become a child of God. Adam was created by God and Eve was taken out of Adam’s rib. (Read the book of Genesis if you think I’m kidding!). These two did not know evil until they disobeyed God when they were deceived by the Serpent in the Garden of Eden.
However, Adam and Eve 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. “And the Lord said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper?” (Genesis 4:9). God asked Cain this question after he had killed his brother Abel. The younger brother Abel was a Shepherd and a possessor of flocks and herds. Abel please God and had a good heart. “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 no respect, And Cain was very wroth and his countenance fell.” (Genesis 4:4-5). Cain was a tiller of the ground. Cain did not offer the Lord the best of his crops, but the leftovers. While Abel offered the Lord the best of his flock. 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 concept 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 to Cain what God thought was holy, only what he desired. The dishonor that Cain displayed before God was the beginning of his separation from God. He did not want to do things God’s way; and he continued down the wayward path until God dismissed him from his presence. Cain was self-serving and self-satisfying, and he didn’t give a cripple crab a crutch what God thought about his lifestyle! This is an example of the Cain’s in many congregations. They are selfish, wicked, jealous and destructive. There is no respect or regard for God or the pastor or any spiritual authority. These Cain-like spirits brings discomfort to the church and will crucify the Abels’ who objects to their sinful behavior!
Abel on the other hand, was about the things of God. He listened to his parents regarding the sovereignty of God. He followed all of God’s 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. He considered everything he did and desired to please God. He knew God and he was a seeker of righteousness. It concerned him to follow the Spirit of God. Because of his righteousness and God’s approval of Abel, his brother Cain killed him. There are so many in God’s household who want to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. However, when the Spirit of Love is presented, the Abel’s in the God’s household are ostracized or spiritual crucified by the Cain’s in God’s household. How many Christians are confronted the by Cain’s in their church, when they begin to talk about sin and repentance? When the Abel’s start changing the church’s conversation from worldly things to spiritual things, the Cain’s commence to kill them! The Cains’ do everything to prevent the Abels’ from sharing the love of Christ in God’s household. The Cains’ are willful and defiantly disobedient in God’s household. When a righteous person displays love and obedience to God, jealousy and hatred springs from their Cain-like heart, and they will slay the Abel-like person.
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. Cain 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 God was not pleased with them and rejected their offering.
Both Cain and Abel were taught by their parents of the majesty and power of God. Abel was faithful to God the Father, and his spiritual theology of God’s commandments were received and understood in his heart. Cain did not spiritually intake the commandments of God in his heart. Cain spiritually conceived and formulated Satan’s commandments. Here we have two different concepts of God’s commandments. The same words were spoken to both brothers, with one brother understanding the righteousness of God, and the other brother 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 them out on errands, that they might sit down and count the cost. He told them to expect the world’s hatred, the Cains’ hatred; now they are experiencing the venom in God’s household for preaching the true Gospel of Jesus Christ. He gives them a reason why he alarmed them to the expectation of trouble. “These things I have spoken unto you that you should not be offended or scandalized.” Our Lord Jesus gave us notice that we would face troubles in God’s House. 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.
The Cains’ attack the Abel’s in God’s household because the Abels’ are true worshippers of Christ, and are making progress on their Christian journey. The Cains’ do everything they can to undermine the Abels’ offerings to the Lord. They challenge everything good work the Abels’ do! They slander the Abels’ name and call them evil.” Because Christ said the Cains’ would hate the righteous for his name sake. Simply because Abel walked in the righteousness of God and shone evil. Be watchful for the “Cains’ and Abels’ in God’s Household.”
For the record, this is written to encourage every Abel in the household of God to keep walking Christian soldiers in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ! God bless you and amen!
Written by Reverend Jessica L. Matthews, Missionary Pastor