Better Blood Than Abel

A Powerful Symbol

and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks better than the blood of Abel.
Hebrews 12:24 (NASU)

In Genesis Chapter 4 we find the story of Cain and Abel. This story is full of many lessons, such as: the importance of offering the “best”; the quarrels which can exist between brothers; and the great danger and evil outcomes of envy and jealousy.

The Blood of Bulls and Goats

An Impossibility

For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. Hebrews 10:4 (NASU)

In Hebrews Chapter 10, the Hebrew writer definitively explains that the sacrifice of Christ is better than the sacrifices of old because of the power of the sacrifice in Christ alone.

Why Was Cain's Offering Not Accepted?

An Early Tragedy

The story of Cain and Abel is one of the very first tragedies to befall humankind – the kind of story that playwrights and novelists can only emulate. The murder of one’s own brother is such an onerous idea that the story is well remembered as a showcase of where unrestrained jealousy leads. But the original cause of jealousy is, according to the Bible text, wrapped up in God’s regard for Abel’s offering and God’s disregard for Cain’s. What exactly was wrong with Cain’s offering to God?

Consequences of the Flood: Capital Punishment

Another Consequence

In terms of geologic impact, no other event has done more to change the landscape of our world since it was created by God than the Great Flood of Genesis 6-9. The impact of this event led to a number of consequences which continue still today. In this article, we will examine the consequence of capital punishment.

Not Worrying About Debt

A Debt Problem

A popular subject that is discussed these days is dealing with the problem of debt. This can include debt on a national scale and individual debt problems faced by many families throughout the nation. With the recession, a poor labor market, home foreclosures, and other uncertainties, it can become difficult or impossible to deal with personal debts.