In the course of time Cain brought to the LORD an offering of the fruit of the ground, and Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat portions. And the LORD had regard for Abel and his offering, but for Cain and his offering he had no regard. So Cain was very angry, and his face fell. The LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why has your face fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is contrary to you, but you must rule over it.”– Gen 4:3-7 ESV
This is one of the big WHY questions. These are the first descendants of Adam and Eve, of Mankind. These are the FIRSTBORN of man and look at the mess already! One pleases God and one “misses the mark”, the Bible calls that SIN! GOD is GOD and HIS ways are righteous and JUST even when we don’t understand! In Genesis 1:26 we are told that God made us in HIS IMAGE– we were made to CREATE and to have FREE WILL. When communing with Moses God declared HIS JUST FREE WILL; “I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.” (Ex 33:19)
Leader, it is NOT ours to KNOW EVERYTHING. God gives us the BIBLE to KNOW HIM, and to make HIM KNOWN. He told us everything we NEED to know IN THE BIBLE. Sometimes the only legitimate answer for some of our questions is; “God says so”! Which brings us to the ONLY ANSWER that is appropriate sometimes, “I DON’T KNOW”. Faith requires a GAP. A gap between what your human mind can decipher, or believe, based on temporal feelings and the data of what the BIBLE tells you! It is our PRIDE, our EGO and our desire to BE GOD that drives us to FIGURE EVERYTHING OUT!
Conduit, I have heard many theories about why Abel’s sacrifice was acceptable, and Cain’s was NOT. Honestly, WE DON’T KNOW, God doesn’t feel the need to tell us. However, in Isaiah 55:8-8, this –and many other ‘WHY’ questions are answered: “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts. You can’t put the PACIFIC OCEAN in a ‘water bottle’ anymore than you can fit the wisdom of the El Shaddai, the INFINITE ONE, into a FINITE MIND? Remember, it is FAITH that PLEASES GOD! Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do no depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.