God Has Found A Substitute (part 2) - Simply Do Well
I personally believe that Adam was a man of faith. He knew how to worship God because he taught his sons – Cain and Abel – to worship God and approach Him the right way, which is through a blood sacrifice: a ‘ransom.’ It had to be a guiltless one to atone for the guilty one.
Hebrews 11:4 says that “BY FAITH Abel offered to God a more excellent SACRIFICE than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead still speaks.” Abel was accepted of God because there was a ransom – a ‘sacrifice’ that paid for all his sins, shortfalls and inadequacies! Cain, on the other hand, wasn’t a man of faith because he failed to bring a sacrifice (Genesis 4:6-7). He brought the same ‘plant life’ that his parents had tried to use to cover their nakedness.
I believe Cain brought his ‘best’ but it wasn’t good enough because, like a dear friend so rightly said, “God doesn’t want us doing our ‘best,’ rather He wants us doing ‘well.’” Genesis 4:7 says, “If you DO WELL [BELIEVING ME AND DOING WHAT IS ACCEPTABLE AND PLEASING TO ME], will you not be ACCEPTED? And if you do not do well [but ignore My instruction], sin crouches at your door; its desire for you is [to overpower you], but you must master it” (AMP). It is not the person that does his/her best in life that is accepted by God; rather, it is the person who does well. To ‘do well’ is to believe God.
Some people have said that Cain and Abel were required to bring whatever they had, but that isn’t entirely true because Hebrews 11:4 says that Abel offered a more excellent ‘sacrifice’, not a more excellent ‘gift.’ The word translated as sacrifice in the Greek is “thysia” and the root meaning is ‘to immolate, to slay, to kill or slaughter.’ The sacrifice had to be an innocent animal with blood. It is the same word that Apostle Paul used when he told the Ephesians, “And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, AN OFFERING AND A SACRIFICE TO GOD for a sweet-smelling aroma” (Ephesians 5:2). Jesus offered Himself as an offering and sacrifice to God through His death on the cross.
Abel was in faith because he came to God through a blood sacrifice – the same blood sacrifice that God used to protect his father and mother when they fell in the Garden of Eden – and God accepted him! To be accepted actually means to be favoured, and the favour of God causes us to have and enjoy what we don’t merit. To ‘do well’ is to be in faith and worship God through sacrifice. This may sound primitive but it is the only appropriate channel of true worship. The highest demonstration of a believer’s faith is to have absolute confidence in the blood sacrifice. This way, we truly please the Father (Hebrews 11:6).