There is not a very in-depth description of Abel. Abel was the son of Adam and Eve, the brother of Cain, a keeper of sheep. Abel came to God with and through the right offering. He trusted God’s way of reconciliation, he was made righteous in God’s eyes. Abel was basically the first Christian, or at least, obviously made known to us by God. The offering and sacrifice He was trusting in was and is the same offering that all who are reconciled to God must be trusting in. His trust was in the blood and righteousness of Jesus, though no doubt, this was not so clear to Him, as to us. The blood and character of Christ so trustworthy and sure, overcame the boundaries of time as we know them, to reconcile and save all God’s children. By faith, Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he had testimony given to him that he was righteous, God testifying with respect to his gifts; and through it he, being dead, still speaks. (Hebrews 11:4)
Abel was killed by his brother, becoming the first persecuted and martyred saint of God. He was hated, by his worldly brother. The first example of a Christian was very displeasing to a person of the world. Abel was credited with righteousness by God, He was made righteous by God. What was Abel’s reward for choosing and accepting the righteousness of Jesus? He found hatred, He found and experienced the hatred of his own natural brother.
I believe, God is making a strong statement in the way this all played out, and it’s placement in His written word: Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. (2nd Timothy 3:12) and Blessed are those who have been persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are you when people reproach you, persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven. For that is how they persecuted the prophets who were before you.(Matthew 5:10-12) This is and should be a defining characteristic of the life of a lover of God, (Father, Son/Jesus, Spirit) a lover of Jesus. (our Loved One) We will find the mercy, love, and blessedness of Jesus, of His Spirit, of His peace and joy. We should expect also and question,(with concern) if we do not find hatred and rejection from the world, especially from the proud ones.
The world teaches us from our births to seek its approval and acceptance. To seek its gold stars, smiles, and pats on the back. This is a very difficult thing to turn away from. We must not allow the enemy to mix this seeking of the world’s approval and acceptance with our seeking of our Loved One. These are very much contrary motivations and can only be mixed at our loss. Please don’t misunderstand me, in a certain sense we should seek to be as pleasing and considerate to all as much as we are able, however, this should be such a much lower seeking, and seeking birthed out of the so much greater seeking of God. Meaning, displeasing others does not need to displease us as much as it does.
God promises us many things, He promises us He will be with us, we will find Him when we diligently seek Him, He will give us freedom and freedom indeed, He will give us life in abundance. He also promises persecution, hatred and rejection from the world. Let us not fear and avoid this rejection, persecution and hatred so much. Let these things not quench the work of God within us, but rather grow even more God’s working and glory within us and through us. May we be more diligent seekers of God, and everything He promises, even the things that are seemingly bad and difficult for us.