“If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin crouches at your door; its desire is for you, but you must master it.” Genesis 4:7
Cain disobeyed God in not giving a sacrifice of flesh, an animal sacrifice, as his brother Abel did which was Gods requirement of them. God gave the example to Adam and Eve after they were disobedient when he killed a sheep to cover their transgressions (their nakedness) in the Garden of Eden (Gen. 3:21) Cain knew and chose to be disobedient in doing things his own way. He was supposed to give a proper sacrifice, yet he chose to give God the lesser with a mere fruit offering. This offering was not pleasing to God therefore it was rejected (Gen. 4:5). Since God accepted Abel’s sacrifice it enraged Cain and he rose up against his brother in anger and killed him. When we are walking in disobedience it will open a door for the enemy (the devil) to come in who can easily manipulate us. This can cause us to have a distorted fear of God separating us from him and causing us to have no desire to fellowship with him whatsoever (Gen. 3:10). Eventually it can make it easy for us to lie, steal, cheat, and even kill in some cases with no remorse.
Imagine if God would have given us a lesser sacrifice for our sins instead of Jesus, where would we be today? We would be in the same position as the Israelite’s were. Each year they had to give a ceremonial offering to God through the high priest on the behalf of the people. This was to cleanse them of all their sins and transgressions by slaughtering the animals. Praise Be to God! We no longer have to do those things to please Him! Jesus was and is the only sacrifice we need. His atonement on the Cross was more than enough! He bridged the gap that separated us from God. The only requirement of God is to be obedient in accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. He made it so simple yet many find it to be a hard task as Cain did in his offering. Simple obedience is what God requires of us. Are you ready to step out in faith and be obedient to His call? God is long suffering and patiently waiting because he loves you. Simply Obey.