all shall be well.
“Then the LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why has your countance fallen? If you do well, will not your countance be lifted up? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at your door; and its desire is for you, and you must master it.” – Genesis 4: 6-7
The boys worshiped a God that they did not know the way their parents had known; being the first born on the outside of fellowship, but at this point there was no written law and so the relationship between God and man is different still then it will become. Cain stands on the face of the first real sin mentioned after the fall of man, and he is given the opportunity and warning to repent – he doesn’t. In fact, he goes and tells his brother what the LORD had told him, and then kills him. Abel is dead.
“What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to Me from the ground” – 4:9
Commentrators seem to point that Abel is crying for vengeance, which makes sense since he was just murdered, but after spending some time in Hebrews, I can’t help but wonder if there is another answer. See. When the righteous are killed in the Bible, very seldom, or never, do they curse their enemies. Jesus prayed for them, Stephen begged their forgiveness. the author of Hebrews mentions that Abel was a “type” of Christ, or that Christ was the true Abel when is speaks of the order in heaven.
to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks better than Abel.” – Hebrews 12:24
After I read this, I don’t believe that Abel was crying for vengeance, but for mercy. His cry became an advocate for the life of Cain, and for much of the race of humanity. So Cain’s punishment was only that his way would be hard, but his life would be protected. If Christ is an advocate for the salvation of our souls, then Hebrews would show Abel was an advocate for the salvation of life… In fact, if Abel’s blood spoke not only for Cain, but the first to speak for all humanity until the coming of the New Covenant, even as the saints who have died long for the restoration of all things – the righteous seem to sense this in their life on earth (Hebrews 12).
I think the challenage for the day is not to endure the life we have, but understand it. The world seems to fracture more everyday. The very humans who have created all problems in the world somehow think we are the solution – but we know better. He makes all things well, so disappointment is not simply “How can this ever be good?” but “God is creating something very beautiful right now!”
I can’t tell you how much my heart is curious to see the return of the King. When Jesus comes and sets everything in order. He will not come to convince our doubt, but everything will be so overwhelmingly clear. If He is beyond my thinking, then I can only trust that He is doing something beyond my belief. I can only trust. Maybe a testament to the grwoth of faith, or maybe I just see the reflection of the heart of the Man of Sorrows in the cries of the world.
All shall be well.