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The Prophecy of Cain and Abel

Why does Cain murder Abel? The bible tells us that Cain is jealous of Abel, because God receives Abel's offering over his own. This jealousy leads Cain to hate his brother and plot against him. Cain eventually murders Abel, but what should we learn from this?

Cain and Abel have different relationships with God. Cain's relationship is empty, but Abel's is full. Abel has a genuine communion with God that Cain resents. (see The Unpardonable Sin)

The deeper insight is that Cain and Abel are prophetical types. Abel is a child of God, but Cain is of the evil One. God treats them differently because they are different. This bitterness leads into one of the first Messianic prophecies.

"We should not be like Cain, who was of the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own deeds were evil and his brother's righteous" (1st John 3:12 ESV bible).

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