Scripture reveals a painted representation of Him, from the genesis of His-Story. You search the Scriptures, and yet these are they which testify of Me, He told us in John.5:39. We see Adam and his bride, taken from his side, bone of his bone and flesh of his flesh. Abel..
Man has a choice – and that choice is by faith and not by sight or works. Choose life or choose death – there is no middle ground, Man must meet God on a new principle – one decreed by God Himself – a principle we see in Abel, Enoch, Noah and many others – even faith.
The difference was in their sacrifice and their approach to a holy God: by faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, and by the sacrifice he offered, he obtained witness that he was righteous.
Abel was accepted through a bloodied sacrifice – Peter by the shore of Galilee. Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord – Paul found His grace was sufficient. The shepherds were led by a host of angels – the Wise Men followed a star. And on and on – each encounter different, distinct, dissimilar from the other.
The two people of faith who lived prior to the flood of Noah, were Abel and Enoch.
While Abel was a man who was murdered by his brother, Enoch was a man who never died, but was raptured away because he was pleasing to God.
While Abel presents the picture of a justified man, Enoch demonstrates the life of a sanctified man, that walked by faith
and both Enoch and Abel were men of faith, who pleased God.
The blood-sacrifice that was offered by Abel was accepted by the Lord, Who bore witness to his faith.
Abel's sacrifice of an innocent lamb was acceptable to the Lord, for without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sins.
God commended Abel’s faith by accepting his gift, and although he died by the hand of his jealous brother, the faith of this young man has become a great witness throughout generations and a life that points to the true sacrificial Lamb of God, Whose shed blood takes away the sin of the world.
The reverence Abel offered to the Lord through the blood-sacrifice, signifies the first step in a believer’s walk of faith..
It contrasts good with evil; right with wrong; love with hate and even draws a comparison between righteous Abel, whose sacrifice to God was acceptable to Him and wicked Cain, who secretly slew his brother out of jealous hatred and pride.
The bloody sacrifice that Abel offered to the Lord, to cover his own sins, when he killed the firstling of his flock, was acceptable to God for he was a man of faith who trusted God’s promise of a coming Saviour.
It was by faith that Abel offered to God a better sacrifice than Cain, and through it he obtained the testimony that he was righteous – for the righteous live by faith.
From Abel to Abraham, from Moses to David and from Amos to those men in the fields of Bethlehem, who were keeping watch over their flocks by night, we see God using shepherds, as an illustration of His loving-care, for the needs of His people, Whom He describes as little lambs and wandering sheep - who have been led astray by false, destructive and idol shepherds.