Offering of Cain Was Not Accepted

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Dear G____,

Thank you for your perceptive question. If you are reading the law paper, you are indeed interested in the deeper things of God’s word. I have gotten this very question on several occasions, and I have posted a letter answering this question. What is revealed in the scriptures, without the scriptures actually saying so, is that there was much unrecorded instruction. All we are told in the first few chapters of Genesis is that God made clothes for Adam and Eve of the skins of animals. We are not told of any instructions concerning sacrifices at all. Yet we find Cain and Abel making sacrifices. Where did they come up with this idea in the first place? It is obvious from God’s reproof of Cain that God Himself (Christ) had given instructions to Adam and Eve concerning the proper way to sacrifice. We find that men had been told that certain animals were to be considered clean and certain animals were to be considered unclean long before men were even given meat as food. Adam and Eve were never instructed to eat meat. Not even the animals ate meat before the flood of Noah.

Gen 1:30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.

Yet God tells Cain “If you do well will you not be accepted.” Read this letter and by all means read a book by Andrew Jukes called “The Law of the Offerings” if you can find it for a really in depth study of this subject.. If God has given you a desire to get to know Christ, then you need to come to know Christ as God wants you to know Him. He reveals this to us in the offerings. Knowing Christ as God wants us to see Him is no small thing. I think that is the very message of this story of Cain and Abel.

Joh 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

Seth’s descendants were God’s ‘Israel’ before the flood. That was one of the things that separated Noah from the rest of mankind.

Gen 6:9 These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.

Noah had not intermarried with the line of Cain. All the other ‘sons of God had looked on the daughters of men and had taken whom they desired.’

Gen 6:2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.

Noah had not done this. Though our pre-flood information is sketchy, we are told while Adam and Eve were still in the garden that there would be two lines come of Eve. One line was called ‘the seed of the woman,’ the other line was called ‘the seed of the serpent.’ Just as with Jacob and Esau, after the flood God had His accepted people through Abel replaced by Seth (the name ‘Seth’ means ‘instead of’) and His rejected people, through Cain. God refused to allow Adam and Eve to ‘cover their nakedness with leaves, which just as Cain’s offering, came out of the dust of the ground. Instead He insisted that blood must be sacrificed to cover their nakedness. ‘Nakedness’ is a Biblical type for sin:

Rev 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
Gen 2:25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.

The tree of the knowledge of good and evil, just like the law of Moses, made Adam and Eve aware of this nakedness.

Adam and Eve were totally unaware of how they had been created, that is naked and sinful, until they had eaten of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Before they ever sinned they were already sin and weren’t even aware of it.

Psa 51:5 Behold, I [Adam] was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother [our Creator Christ] conceive me.

Paul agrees with David:

Rom 8:20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,

What God hopes for God gets:

Isa 46:10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:

Paul also saw the knowledge of sin for what it was:

Rom 7:7 What shall we say then? Is the law [the knowledge of good and evil] sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.

While it is clear that there was no law ‘written by the finger of God,’ before Sinai, it is abundantly clear that there was law. It simply wasn’t codified with attendant punishments dictated for offenses. It was this already existing, never changing law of God, to which Moses law was “added.”

Gal 3:19 Wherefore then serveth the law [of Moses]? It was added [to the already existing law of God] because of transgressions [against that already existing law], [only un-]till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.

So the story of God replacing the leaves with skins tells us that God did not accept the work of our own hands, grown from the ground to cover our nakedness. It is apparent that God had given instructions to this effect to Adam and Eve.

Heb 9:22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.

This is the message of all animal sacrifices, animal sacrifices that God had instituted when he replace leaves with animal skins.

I hope this adds to what you have already covered, and I hope you finish reading the law paper. The most revealing part of that paper is near the end in discussing the purpose for the lake of fire.

The by-laws that incorporate a church replace the scriptures as to what defines the true “church of the living God.” Consequently no incorporated church can possibly tell “the plain truth.”


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