This week in Bible history, we are covering Genesis 4. We have been talking about the difference between myth and reality, because our Latin class includes some Roman myths, while Bible history covers many things that are beyond our ability to verify or even understand. Since the Bible is from God, though, we know what it says is real, even when something horrible is described, like the murder in Genesis 4.
The final word on the difference between Cain and Abel is found in Hebrews 11:4. “By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead still speaks.” There’s a lot to talk about there, and I hope to get there in the coming classes.
Today, though, someone asked what Cain used to kill Abel. The picture shows him holding a rock, just like the stones both men had used to build their altars. It was a good opportunity to talk about what we mean in the school handbook by a “weapon,” and why it’s important for everyone to be careful about how we use tools and objects in our lives. Even a common rock when brandished or used as a weapon, should be considered deadly, and it would result in immediate consequences according to the CLS weapons policy. But a rock is also an inanimate object. What makes it a deadly weapon is the sin within the heart of man, as God explained to Cain in Genesis 4:6-7. So it is with all “weapons:” when used improperly, influenced by the evil nature of fallen man, they bring suffering and sorrow. When used well and rightly (think of a policeman with his service weapon) they enrich our lives with peace and comfort.
So we thank God that Abel is in heaven now, and that there is also forgiveness through Jesus when we repent of our sins.