Letters From God

Dove

Julie Andrews

 

Cain & Abel: A Story of Attitude


  Abel was an animal man and Cain was the gardener. Cain was a large strong man who gloried in his strength that came from working the land, which was hard labour and made him develop muscles

Abel, on the other hand, was a smaller man who followed the sheep and goats as they foraged in the vegetation. He needed to be alert and quick to attack any animal that threatened the flock but essentially he was calm and gentle, as per David and a type of Jesus figure.

Jesus showed me a scene of the brothers around a stream where Cain came to get water for his plants and Abel came to water the flock. Cain would get angry and resentful of Abel's animals who would dirty the water with their feet and stir up the silt. This made the water less suitable for irrigation. Also Cain felt that Abel had the easier job and lazed around with the animals; he didn't acknowledge staying up at night to help an animal in birth or nursing a sick animal.

When it came time for both brothers to bring an offering to God they did according to the working of their heart/attitude. Abel brought God the best of his flock, feeling the pain of its death because he had nurtured it into life and health.

Cain on the other hand, habitually kept the best of the harvest for himself in secret and didn't share it with his family. He felt that he was justified because he worked so hard for the increase. So when he brought an offering to God he brought the same as he did for his family, the not-so-good.

When God (who knew he kept the best for himself) gently chided Cain for his not-so-good offering he was resentful, full of pride, jealous and bitter towards Abel because his offering was accepted. Each time God gave Cain time to change and improve his offering he hardened his heart/attitude and did not repent.

Eventually Cain became so enraged and hardened against Able that he killed him in anger, scattering the flock and bringing great grief to his parents and God.

The point Jesus was particularly making to me was that he gave Cain ample time to change his heart and bring an acceptable offering to Him. Then He would have cancelled out the first offering and given Cain his approval which Cain so desperately wanted.  However, Cain hardened his attitude, setting in his mind his justification for his actions and resenting anything that came against him. He attacked, not God (too big and scary) but his younger smaller brother using his superior strength to ambush and overcome Abel with death.

25 Aril 2016    Additional Thoughts

When Cain killed Abel he interrupted God's plan for the future.  God had chosen Abel to be the Father and Ancestor of the ongoing generations. This was based on his love, faithfulness and acceptable sacrifice. So Cain's action had changed history.

God needed another line/dynasty coming from Adam, so Eve fell with child again and gave birth to Seth, that is Substituted (for Abel). From Seth came the line that God chose. Seth was not Abel, but more acceptable than Cain.

God had spoken to me about 'the shifting sand of His will" I was curious because it didn't sound right. How could God's will be changeable, when he says he "changes not"?

He showed me a beach I am familiar with which changes its looks yearly because of the sand movement, sometimes covering objects and sometimes exposing them. Its high one year and low the next, but the fundamental shape of the beach hasn't altered in the 30 years I've been visiting it.

So God said it is with his will, the fundamental object, what it needs to achieve doesn't change, but the enemy does his best to interrupt and disrupt what God plans. The enemy doesn't stop the plan's fulfillment or destiny, but he can change its journey and can shift the boundaries and the way it is achieved. People's actions change the Lord's will because they don't believe, listen and obey, so God has to go around them; bypass them and chose others.

Moses was told he couldn't enter the promised land because of his disobedience to God's command, "speak to the rock". This was not God's original plan but it opened the way for Caleb and Joshua to triumph.

I had a dream of a bus journey  where after a time the driver stopped and consulted a book before changing roads and going on. When the bus stopped new passengers were told to wait before they got on and others on the bus vanished. The new passengers had entered by the bus door, but other passengers had tried to come in by talking at the window to the driver. They did not enter. The "book" was the new spiritual route, the change of plan. The change of passengers were new commissions for some and loss/removal from the journey for others.

 Keep moving with the shifting sand of God's will

April 14 2016

Genesis 4

A Story of Hearts

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Numbers 20:12

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