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 by a star. And on and on – each encounter different, distinct, dissimilar from the other.
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.