Rejected Offerings

We read in Genesis 4 about Cain and Abel’s offerings.  Abel’s was accepted, but Cain’s was not.  Have you ever wondered how Cain knew his offering was rejected?

Look at some of the other examples of offerings that were accepted.

In Judges 13:20, Samson’s parents gave an offering to the Angel of the Lord, Christ, after hearing about the birth of Samson coming soon.  Fire flew up from the altar toward heaven, taking the offering and the Angel with it.

Then there’s the extraordinary account of Elijah on Mount Carmel.  In 1 Kings 18:20-38, we see the account of Elijah and the 450 priests of Baal.  In verse 38, fire comes down from heaven and takes the offering.

Now check out 1 Chronicles 21:25-26.  David had ordered a census to be taken.  Any time a census was done, each man was to pay a ransom or a plague would come up on the people.  Well, David didn’t take up the collection when he ordered the census so a plague came.  God stopped the plague at the threshing floor owned by Ornan (or Arunah).  David bought the site and set up a burnt offering.  Fire came from heaven and took the offering.

Solomon also had a similar experience in 2 Chronicles 7:1-3.  He was dedicating the brand new Temple in Jerusalem and had just ended a prayer when fire came down from heaven and consumed the sacrifices.

Apparently, early on, fire came from heaven and zapped the offering.  If fire had come down from heaven to take Abel’s offering but not Cain’s, Cain would have known right away that his offering had been rejected.

That doesn’t happen these days, which is probably a good thing. Offering plates in churches everywhere would get zapped every week.


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