In Genesis 4: 2-4 we are told that Abel is the keeper of flocks and Cain is a tiller of the ground. Cain brings offerings of fruit of the ground and Abel brings firstlings of his flock. This is pretty straightforward. You give what you have gathered and what means the most to you.
I can just see this picture. Cain is a farmer. He is up at dawn everyday. He is planting, weeding, and watering his crops. He has to keep birds and other animals out of his fields. Then the harvest comes and life becomes a frenzied rush to cut the grains, thresh and grind the flour, and then bake the bread. It makes me tired just imagining all that work.
On the other hand, Abel is a herdsman or shepherd. He sits around all day (probably playing a flute or composing poetry to fill the time) just watching his flocks. He might have to defend the animals against predators and move them every so often to new fields and watering holes. Yet, in line 5 we are told that the Lord did not have regard for Cain’s offering.” How is it that Abel’s offering is more acceptable to God?
We must remember that the Bible, especially the first five books or Torah, is first and foremost a Jewish construct. We know that the early Jewish religion was based on animal sacrifice. The Jewish people considered blood to be the most Holy offering to God. In other words, the Jewish faith is a Passion or Kundalini based religion. The whole emphasis of the spiritual practices were to enhance the Passion or Blood within the body in order to make one more Holy in the sight of God and like Michelangelo’s painting, able to reach out and touch God.
According to the mirroring effect of the divine edict: “As above, so too is below,” God must also have a continual supply of blood for Him to operate the cosmos. This is one of many reasons that gives way to the philosophy of sacrifice.
For those of you who have been following this blog, you know that when one gets too much of a good thing it creates a spiritual imbalance that leads to destruction. We see that Cain already has an adequate supply of Passion in his spiritual system. It is Passion that fuels the work ethic. It is Water or Grace that is considered a blessing by such types. When someone with this type of temperament or personality participates in practices that enhance the Passion within the system even further, the killing begins. Whether it is the myths of Sekhmet or Kali’s blood lust, Hercules’ killing of his family, or Medusa’s evil eye of death, an overload of Kundalini is disastrous for the person involved and all those who come in contact with them.
In line 7, The Lord tells Cain, “If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it.
The Lord is telling Cain that his hard work when properly channeled brings blessings to himself and all others. However, an overload of Passion without a purpose or means to work it off, will lead to sin and desire. Cain cannot contain the rage that is fueled by both disappointment and a spiritual system that overloads his already mature passionate nature. Cain kills Abel.
The sad part of this story is that it was not the Lord who rejected the offerings of Cain, but the priests of the Jewish nation who could only see one side of the dual mechanism of faith.