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Welcome to the first day of our new series based on the Heroes of the Faith. We are looking forward to digging into the chapter in Hebrews where we see faith in action through the faithful few. Hebrews 11:1 defines faith as, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Jayna Coppedge will be starting us off this series and you will be hearing from all the writers with Ask God Today throughout the month of March. We are glad you have chosen to join us. Have a wonderful day!

Blessings always,
Brenda

Abel, The Man Who Worshipped God
by Jayna Coppedge

Photo By Dustin Scarpitti provided through unsplash.com

Photo By Dustin Scarpitti provided through unsplash.com

Hebrews 11:4: By faith Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did. By faith he was commended as righteous, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead. (NIV)

Abel, the first person called righteous, demonstrates true worship. His offering, given with exuberance tempered with reverence, is more remarkable because he had no scriptures or examples to follow.

 

Abel’s faith, highlighted in Hebrews, reveals what he believed about God’s character. He knew God as generous provider, and his trust in God shows what Paul is referring to in Romans 1:20: “ For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”(NIV) Not only did Abel see God’s love, power, and divine nature without the scriptures, he also responded appropriately through his offering. Worship is our response to God’s goodness.

Genesis 4:3-5a: “In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord. And Abel also brought an offering—fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor.”(NIV)

Abel’s sacrifice of the firstborn of his flocks proved his faith. Although there was no guarantee that the mother would produce a second lamb, Abel trusted God to meet his needs. The wording in Genesis suggests Cain brought his offering from the leftover crops. Worship acknowledges our dependence on God.

Abel honored God with the fat portions. By giving his best, Abel demonstrated both generosity and respect. Knowing Abel’s heart, God looked on Abel’s effort with favor. Perhaps, if Cain had the benefit of 2 Corinthians 9:7: “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver,” (NIV) he would not have tried to appease God with a reluctant tip. Worship is not paying the bill.

Abel did not have an example or scriptures to follow. He demonstrated his heart through his offering. God called him righteous. His spirit of trusting God without hesitation propelled him to be the first “broken faithful” in the Hebrew’s “hero hall of fame”. Hebrews 11:4: “It was faith that made Abel offer to God a better sacrifice than Cain’s. Through his faith, he won God’s approval as a righteous man, because God himself approved of his gifts.” (GNT)

We would love to hear one way you choose to worship God. Please leave us a comment. 

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About Jayna Coppedge

Jayna Coppedge, married for 30+ years, has 2 adult children. She empowers people to be all that God created them to be. When she can't physically come alongside the parent, the preschool teacher, or the growing Christian, to guide and cheer them further in their relationships. She uses her blog "A Woman Trusting God" and Facebook ministry. Jayna just published Parenting with the End In Mind: Practical Guidance with Biblical Principles
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