Genesis 4:1–7 (ESV)
Cain and Abel
Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, “I have gotten a man with the help of the Lord.” 2 And again, she bore his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, and Cain a worker of the
ground. 3 In the course of time Cain brought to the Lord an offering of the fruit of the ground, 4 and Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat portions. And the Lord
had regard for Abel and his offering, 5 but for Cain and his offering he had no regard. So Cain was very angry, and his face fell. 6 The Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why
has your face fallen? 7 If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it.”
The question: What is the difference between Cain’s offering and Abel’s? Both are acceptable. But there is a difference.
The Lutheran Study Bible states: “God regarded Abel’s offering because it was given in true faith (Heb 11:4). Although the text does not say so directly, the language implies that the offerings were accompanied by prayer requests, and that Abel
received that for which he prayed but Cain did not.”
I pray: O Lord, help me to make acceptable and pleasing offerings to you. Amen.