Why did God reject Cain and accept Abel?
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Question: Why did God REJECT Cain? Why was his offering and worship not accepted while Abel's pleased God.
Answer: First, let us take a look at the scriptures concerning your question about Cain.
" . . . Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the Lord. Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat.
"And the Lord respected Abel and his offering, BUT HE DID NOT RESPECT CAIN AND HIS OFFERING . . ." (Genesis 4:2 - 5)
Many have speculated as to why his offerings were not respected. Three factors, however, can be safely assumed as contributing to God's displeasure.
The ATTITUDE OF MIND in regard to the offerings.
The QUALITY of the offerings.
The worship of God was not done in FAITH.
When one considers his jealousy toward his brother that drove him to finally murder him, a poor attitude in giving offerings to God is very plausible. This attitude was likely a factor in offering to God poor quality products rather than the very best.
There is a Scripture that indicates God's response to offerings that are not of the quality He commands:
“You offer defiled food on My altar, but say, 'In what way have we defiled You?' By saying, 'The table of the Lord is contemptible.'
"'And when you offer the blind as a sacrifice, is it not evil? And when you offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? Offer it then to your governor! WOULD HE BE PLEASED WITH YOU? Would he accept you favorably?' says the Lord of hosts." (Malachi 1:7 - 8)