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What was it then, that was unique with Abel’s offering that caught the Lord’s attention? During that time, the first born was considered the choicest of the flock and the fat portions were the best part of an animal. What Abel had offered were not from the ordinary flock, they were meticulously picked from the entire flock and only the finest among them were chosen. By going further to retrieve the fat portions to be offered to the Lord, how could the Lord not be moved by the heart and soul put in his offering? The Lord was pleased not only with Abel’s offering, but also his attitude. From the amount of effort put into his offering, it was not difficult to understand how important the Lord was in Abel’s heart, and how he must have loved and revered Him.

Cain similarly made his offering, however, he had only offered from the ordinary harvest. They were neither the first fruits nor was special effort involved in making the offering more appealing. In response to his offering, the Lord said, “If you do what is right, will you not be accepted?” Evidently, Cain did not do what was right to offer up his best to the Lord. He did not consider his offering to the Lord of paramount importance, but had treated it lightly as something trivial. He who harboured such a disrespectful attitude towards God, so how could he expect the Lord to be pleased with his offering?

The Lord looked with favour on Abel and his offering because he did what was right, but not on Cain and his offering because he did what was wrong. The Lord’s displeasure with Cain had nothing to do with Abel. It was not a case of comparison which Cain offered up something good but Abel even better, which resulted in the Lord not looking favourably upon Cain’s offering. Because even without Abel’s offering, Cain’s offering still could not please the Lord; for the reason that he did not use all his heart, all his soul, all his strength, and all his mind to offer up his best to the Lord. Regrettably, Cain did not see his own shortcoming and even ascribed his failure to Abel. Being consumed by jealousy over Abel’s approval by God, he sought the death of his own brother. He thought that by eliminating his brother, left without a worthy contender, his offering would have no competition and naturally be deemed the best by the Lord. But he had thought amiss.