They laid the dead little lamb on top of the altar. Then there was a flash of fire, and they watched the dear little lamb burn up.
Gently, God reminded them that they deserved to die and be forever gone, just like the little lamb. But some day, Someone special would be born who would die in their place. John 1:29.
If they chose to believe God’s promise, if they chose to love and trust Him, He would help them obey Him. And although they would die, He would someday make them alive again. Then they would be with Him, safe from Satan forever.
Oh, how thankful Adam and Eve must have been! Now they understood about what God meant in Genesis 3:15. They also knew that God always tells the truth. So they determined to obey with His help.
God told them to offer the lamb sacrifice each morning and evening. It would remind them of God’s promise; it would show that they were choosing every day to obey God and to trust Him to save them from Satan.
How happy and excited Adam and Eve were when their first baby was born. Perhaps he would be the person God had promised who would save them from Satan.
They named their first baby boy Cain. The next baby boy they named Abel. How carefully they taught them about obeying! Abel especially liked taking care of sheep. Cain liked working with plants.
Both boys watched the morning and evening lamb sacrifices. They saw fire flash down from heaven to burn the sacrifices, showing that God was pleased that they were choosing to believe His promise.
Of course, Satan was busy tempting them to believe his lies about God. Abel chose to love, trust, and obey God. But Cain chose to blame God for how everything had changed since his parents had disobeyed in the Garden of Eden.
Adam and Eve told them of Satan’s terrible lies about God; and sadly, they told how they themselves had made wrong choices. But still, Cain chose to listen to Satan.
When Cain and Abel were older, they started offering sacrifices for themselves. They built their altars just as they had been taught. Then they brought their offerings.
What were they supposed to bring? Yes, an innocent lamb that had never done anything wrong.
The sacrifice was to always remind them that because we have all disobeyed God, we all deserve to die. But God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit love us so much, they made a plan to save us from Satan. Jesus, God the Son, who created us, would come some day and die in our place. How awesome!
Abel brought his lamb. But Cain really didn’t believe that it was important to sacrifice a lamb. Instead, he brought things from his garden to put on his altar.
When the fire came from heaven, it burned up only Abel’s offering.
Cain was very angry with his brother, as if it had been Abel’s fault that God did not accept his sacrifice. God felt sad about the choices Cain was making. He even talked to him about it. Genesis 4:3–7.
God was saying that if Cain would only choose to obey, He could bless him just as He blessed Abel. Of course, Satan didn’t want Cain to feel sorry for his sin; he wanted Cain to feel sorry for himself. But Cain should have chosen to not listen to Satan.
God loved Cain as much as He loved Abel. He longed for Cain to choose to obey Him. Would Cain change his mind and choose to obey God?