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Cain kills Abel

Genesis 4:8

Now Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go out to the field.”[d] While they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.

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Genesis 4:1-8 
1 Adam[a] made love to his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain.[b] She said, “With the help of the LORD I have brought forth[c] a man.” 
2 Later she gave birth to his brother Abel. Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. 
3 In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the LORD. 
4 And Abel also brought an offering—fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The LORD looked with favour on Abel and his offering, 
5 but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favour. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast. 
6 Then the LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? 
7 If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.” 
8 Now Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go out to the field.”[d] While they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.

About this painting

Two sons of Adam and Eve both made a sacrifice to God. Abel offered one of his first-born lambs; he kept sheep. Cain offered some of the fruit of the soil. ‘The LORD looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast’. Then he killed his brother. This murder was the consequence of their parents’ rebellion against God. By depicting the sheep and the shepherd’s crook in this painting, the fact that Abel was a shepherd is accentuated. This reminds us of Jesus, who called Himself the Good Shepherd (John 10) “Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered, (Zech. 13:7)“ In Matthew 26:31 Jesus quoted this prophesy, not long before these words would be fulfilled when He was arrested and crucified.

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