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Abel’s Timely Testimony
February 10, 2012

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.” (Hebrews 11:4)

Abel, Adam’s second son, was a faithful, God-honoring man, but he

was murdered by his older brother Cain. From Genesis 4 we know

that Cain’s bloodless sacrifice was not accepted by God, while

Abel’s animal sacrifice was accepted. Cain’s pride, anger, and

rejection of God’s offer of restoration resulted in the murder of

obedient Abel. Our text tells us that Abel “being dead yet speaketh.”

What does he say? To whom does he speak?

First of all, he spoke to God. “The voice of thy brother’s |Abel’s|

blood crieth unto me from the ground” (Genesis 4:10). Many

have followed Abel in martyrdom, and they all cry, “How long,

O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood

on them that dwell on the earth?” (Revelation 6:10).

Secondly, he spoke to Cain. “And now art thou cursed from the

earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s

blood from thy hand” (Genesis 4:11). Cain was banished by God:

a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth” (v. 12),

and every spot of ground on which he placed his foot from then

on would be crying out to him, indicting him of his sin.

Thirdly, Abel speaks to us. His witness reminds us that men must

come to God in obedient faith, for Abel obeyed God’s instructions

regarding sacrifice (4:3-4). He offered the sacrifice in faith that

God would deem him “righteous” (today’s text). The acceptance

of the blood sacrifice and the rewards of his brother’s disobedience

speak eloquently of the “wages of sin.” May God give us ears to

hear Abel’s timely testimony. JDM

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