Since the creation of the world, mankind has offered sacrifices to God, because a proper sacrifice pleases God.
There are sacrifices that are acceptable to God and sacrifices that are not acceptable to God. Many people believe in that the only value in a sacrifice is if other people know about it. But God sees all things and doesn't want us to sacrifice to appear righteous to other men.
The Rejected Sacrifice of Cain
The first rejected sacrifice to God was offered by Cain. It's found in Genesis (this book tells about the genesis/creation of the world). You may say to me that the Bible says "offering" and not "sacrifice". Yes, that's true. But I believe they are similar enough in meaning, because of what Paul wrote in Hebrews. Paul refers to it as a sacrifice (using KJV translation).Heb 11:4 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain...
Gen 4:3 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering: But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.
Many people believe that sacrifices were started during the Exodus and given for the first time in the desert by Moses along with the ten commandments and that God doesn't care if we keep His commandments now. I wonder what God thinks about this false teaching? But there are many good lessons and obvious indications (for example Genesis) that show sacrifices were well understood before the exodus. (Noah in Gen 8:20, Abraham in Gen 13:18 and he also offered sacrifices as part of a sign in Gen 15:9 and he lived well before the ten commandments. Abraham received commandments from the LORD and a covenant in Gen 17u:9. Also Jacob in Gen 31:54, Gen 46:1 and Moses even before leaving Egypt in Ex 5:3 and Exodus 12:27 of the Passover sacrifice...). A person just has to read their Bible to know the truth and to check what other people tell you about the Bible and about God because much of it is not true and they simply deceive others and use other people to justify themselves...
Evidently both Cain and Abel knew what was acceptable in the form of an offering to God and what was not acceptable. Not every detail about creation and God's word to manking is written down. I know I'm writing obvious things and elementary things, but I believe they're important to point out in case some have missed it.
Cain's Anger After Rejected Offering
Gen 4:6 And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.
Repentance was available to Cain. "If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted?"
Cain was angry after his offering was not accepted by God. There are reasons why people become angry. Was Cain justified in being angry? Did his anger affect his countenance? Is there anything wrong with being angry without a cause?
Cain Kills His Brother
Gen 4:8 And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him. And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother's keeper? And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground.
Cain killed his brother and denied knowing what happened. He asked God "Am I my brother's keeper? The second greatest commandment of God is "Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself". Did Cain love his brother as himself?
The Tie Between Our Relationship with God and our Relationship with Others
Cains offering was not acceptable to God. His countenance fell, and he slew his brother Abel. Then he lied about it. He was cursed by God.
The relationship between God and ourselves is tied directly to our relationship with others and vice versa. Here are some scriptures that illustrate this point.
Don't Keep Commandments Results But Claims Christian - They're Telling Lies
1Jn_2:4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
There are many commandments of God, and all of them relevant. The greatest commandment is to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. This commandment illustrates our love for God. And the second greatest commandment is to love our neighbor as ourself. In the second commandment, God commands us to love others. These are the two chief commandments. How important are they? Let's read what Jesus said about their importance.
Mat 22:40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
Some people teach that the law and prophets were done with and that we now live in an age of grace. So they would probably reject obeying these two great commandments as a result. The fruit of their life reflects their beliefs. This concept of "age of grace" however is not supported anywhere in scripture. In fact, Paul argued that Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were all saved by grace and faith in God. This is recorded in Hebrews 11. Not once in the Bible is this "age of grace" ever mentioned. William Irvine was a preacher of this "age of grace". He was a false prophet.
Cannot Love God and Hate Brother
1Jn_4:20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?
John clearly illustrates that if we hate (don't love our brother as ourselves) our brother, then we don't love God. To recap, Cain didn't believe in loving his brother as himself, as shown in his lie and question to God.
What Jesus Said about Hating Bretheren
Mat_5:22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.
Nadab and Abhihu's Rejected Sacrifice
Lev_10:1 And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the LORD, which he commanded them not.
From the beginning of the Bible, it is clear that God has given commandments regarding offerings and sacrifices. In Leviticus, it calls Nadab and Abihu's offering "strange fire". Was God pleased? Was He well pleased with their idea of what to do? What was God's response?
Lev 10:2 And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD.
There are many examples in the scripture of people offering what they wanted to God, but God not being pleased with them.
Obedience More Important Than Sacrifice
1Sa 15:9 But Saul and the people spared Agag, and the best of the sheep, and of the oxen, and of the fatlings, and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them: but every thing that was vile and refuse, that they destroyed utterly. Then came the word of the LORD unto Samuel, saying,It repenteth me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is turned back from following me, and hath not performed my commandments. And it grieved Samuel; and he cried unto the LORD all night. And when Samuel rose early to meet Saul in the morning, it was told Samuel, saying, Saul came to Carmel, and, behold, he set him up a place, and is gone about, and passed on, and gone down to Gilgal. And Samuel came to Saul: and Saul said unto him, Blessed be thou of the LORD: I have performed the commandment of the LORD. And Samuel said, What meaneth then this bleating of the sheep in mine ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear? And Saul said, They have brought them from the Amalekites: for the people spared the best of the sheep and of the oxen, to sacrifice unto the LORD thy God; and the rest we have utterly destroyed. Then Samuel said unto Saul, Stay, and I will tell thee what the LORD hath said to me this night. And he said unto him, Say on. And Samuel said, When thou wast little in thine own sight, wast thou not made the head of the tribes of Israel, and the LORD anointed thee king over Israel? And the LORD sent thee on a journey, and said, Go and utterly destroy the sinners the Amalekites, and fight against them until they be consumed. Wherefore then didst thou not obey the voice of the LORD, but didst fly upon the spoil, and didst evil in the sight of the LORD? And Saul said unto Samuel, Yea, I have obeyed the voice of the LORD, and have gone the way which the LORD sent me, and have brought Agag the king of Amalek, and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites. But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the chief of the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice unto the LORD thy God in Gilgal. And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
Disobedience and Unacceptable Offerings Result in Curse and not Blessing
It's clear that disobeying God and offering things that aren't acceptable to God will not result in a blessing.
Obedience and Offering Gifts to God
Mat 5:23 Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.
Say you had a close friend. And someone beat them up, told lies about your friend and shoved them into a ditch. And then they come to your door, and offer you a gift of a box of chocolates. Would you accept? Would you not rather demand that they make amends? If you didn't love your friend as yourself, maybe you wouldn't care less how they treated your friend. But if you loved God, what would your response be? It's quite clear and a person who doesn't believe in God behaves much differently and may do things for their own selfish advantage. But God means what he says. Jesus Christ is very clear about this. We cannot do wrong to our brother, refuse to reconcile and then expect God to accept our sacrifice. Our sacrifice will be rejected and justifiably would be repugnant to God who has commanded us all to love our brother as ourself.
Was Offering and Sacrifice of the Scribes and Pharisees Accepted?
Mat 23:29 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous, And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets. Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets. Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers. Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell? Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city: That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar. Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.
Can We Lie and Do Evil and Pretend to Love God and Be Accepted
Can we lie and never reconcile with Christians we have wronged and expect to be accepted by God? Will going to MEETINGS or mixing with Christians or attending a church make us right? Do the commandments of God regarding what is acceptable really matter? Do we need to have a clean conscience? Does it matter how we treat others? Can we deceive others and pretend nothing is wrong? Will justifying ourselves and deceiving others with our side of the story fix things in God's eyes?
Is it acceptable to call Christians liars who warn people about cults? Is is acceptable to God to lie to children about the beginings of the WORKERS WAY? Is it acceptable to coverup sexual abuse of children in order to keep pedophiles in the 2x2 WORK? Is it acceptable to deceive recruits (men and women) and manipulate them to get them to PROFESS so that they will be acceptable to the WORKERS for dating and marriage? Can we mistreat our brother and really love God? Is this acceptable to God?
Act_17:23 For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.
We Have No Sin
Kids Hating God
God Doesn't Care
Faults & Offenses
What is that to Us?
Ben Cromptons Plea
Are You Saved
False Prophets - Fear
Not Allowed in Heaven
All the Blood
Apostles Vs Workers
No Faith in God
Proof of Worship
Why the Hate
Kids Set Up
Types of 2x2s
Why the Hurt
Christians and Signs
Thy Kingdom Come
Surviving Divided Home
Free to Believe
Abide in Vine
Praying For Natural Things
House to House
Didn't Think of
Getting a Message
Christians not Respectable
The Older Brothers
Law and Prophets
Understand Old Testament
Sin No More
Just Say You
Signs and Decisions
Led by 2x2 Spirit
Changing 2x2 God
Employees or Subcontractors
How Followers Controlled
Is Jesus Christ God
Ex2x2 Hard to Save
Prayer for Faith
Reasons to Excommunicate
Spot 2x2 Lies
The Come Along
the Blood of Jesus Christ
Who is Saved?
2x2s False Religion
Sociopaths - Demons
Tactics of 2x2s
Christians in False Religion?
How Many Ways?
Praise Changes Things
Are 2x2s Saved?
|To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me. - Jesus Christ speaking to Saul, see Act 26:18, see Salvation through Jesus Christ.|