Herb’s Blog, Herbdate 22345 – 811:
Here’s the haps:
I have been waiting for this moment to come for quite a while now. We had a false start a few months ago but now Sunday School will be starting back up again. We are making changes to the way we do things, of course, but I will be teaching tomorrow (depending, of course, on when you are reading this) and we are rebooting the theme we had last time, Super Heroes of the Bible, based on the chapter sometimes called The Hall of Faith, Hebrews eleven. I will be teaching the story of Cain and Abel and how God had respect for Abel’s offering. According to Oxford Languages via The Google, respect means:
1: A feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements.Oxford Languages via Google
2: Due regard for the feelings, wishes, rights, or traditions of others.
We often think of the second definition but the first one really captured my imagination. Imagine doing something in such a way that the very God of Heaven has a feeling of deep admiration! I don’t think it was the content of the sacrifice either so much as the attitude. The attitude of Cain is obvious from his reaction and from the fact that he could murder his little brother in cold blood without remorse. Abel, on the other hand, is referred to by Jesus Himself as “Righteous Abel.”
I’ve got to go for now but remember, the good book says, How long did Cain hate his brother? As long as he was Abel.