Hebrews 11:4 (ESV)
Heroes of Faith
4 By faith
Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks.
4 ushers in the first hero in the Heroes of Faith chapter in Hebrews. Who are Cain and Abel? They were two of the children of Adam and Eve. Cain was a farmer, he tended the land. Abel was a shepherd and he tended the flocks.
We know from Genesis that Abel’s gift was acceptable to the Lord while Cain’s gift was less acceptable. The Lutheran Study Bible (CPH) states: “In this life the good works of believers are imperfect and impure because of sin in the
flesh, nevertheless they are acceptable and well pleasing to God. However, the Law does not teach how and why the good works of believers are acceptable. It demands a completely perfect, pure obedience if it is to please God. But the Gospel teaches that our
spiritual offerings are acceptable to God through faith for Christ’s sake” (FC SD VII 22). The hero is not Cain, but Abel.
I pray: O Lord, I come to you repentant of my sins, I am heartily
sorry for them and want to do better. Help me to be obedient to your Word and to trust in the saving faith you have given me. Amen.