At first from nothing was created the universe and man was made from the earth. The first man was not inhabited by evil but had everything to enjoy the best of the beautiful world of Gan Eden. When the ish and isha went wrong, rebelling against God, they got expelled and had to feel the burden of bringing up children. They lost one son (Hevel) by the hands of an other son (Qayin), who then was sent out of the group to wander around. (Bereshith 4)
The one who was not righteous, with all his faults and frailties still got protected by the Most High Elohim Hashem Jehovah. Qayin had received an ot or mark so that nobody would dare to revenge Hevel or kill him.
“Cain said to ADONAI, “My iniquity is too great to bear! Since You expelled me today from the face of the ground and I must be hidden from Your presence, then I will be a restless wanderer on the earth—anyone who finds me will kill me!”
But ADONAI said to him, “In that case, anyone who kills Cain is to be avenged seven times over.”
So ADONAI put a mark on Cain, so that anyone who found him would not strike him down. Then Cain left ADONAI’s presence and dwelled in the Land of Wandering, east of Eden.”
(Genesis 4:13–16 TLV)
When Hevel would be of the evil or haSatan bearing such an ot, by God provided so that others not only could see that sign of God and know that it is him who killed his brother, others would also recognise the one who was a wrongdoer. You also could say people could get to know the one(s) who are evil or from evil. Also today if we look for the signs we shall be able to recognise those who are from evil.
We should have our eyes open and should direct our passion to know how to fulfil the purpose for which we are here on earth. When we look at the way Qayin looked at Hevel’s korbanot and got jealous we may see around us also other people who want to have their actions for God being the best ones or hoping the elohim shall fulfil their wishes and not the prayers of their adversaries or competitors. When we look around we may notice many envious people.
Like Qayin had to learn we should also know that success, wealth, power and position are not such obvious thing which do come from nothing. Positions have to be earned. Knowledge has to come by willingness to learn and by taking time to experience.
Qayin being put out of the group had to go to other regions and had to start to build up partnerships and friendships. He he could still rely on his heavenly Father who had not denigrated him but had given him protection for the future. From this chapter in de Tanakh we can learn that it is not important how big or korban is, but more important how our intentions are. The Elohim would have been pleased with Qayin’s korban, had it been given with pleasure and from a pure heart.
Like by A·dham and Chava Qayin could have shown remorse and directly admitted his sin. He could have fallen to his knees in humility and cried out for forgiveness, but that seemed to much. He preferred to add an other sin, namely saying he did not know where his brother would be.
“Then ADONAI said to Cain, “Where is Abel, your brother?”
“I don’t know,” he said. “Am I my brother’s keeper?””
(Genesis 4:9 TLV)
The same as with his parents he allowed to enter more wrong-sayings and wrongdoings and as such he followed the father of the lies and became considered to be from the evil one (Yohanan aleph 3:12). Instead of recognising what he had done wrong and to feel sorry for it and to repent he did not give himself an opportunity to been drawn back into fellowship with God.
From the expulsion onwards God wanted to see proof of the good intentions of man. He wanted them to turn away from evil and to come back to Him full humility. He is still looking for mankind to see them pressing into the centre of God’s will – nothing more, nothing less.
The korbanot was a way to get man to do some training for showing their respect to their Creator. He wanted man to see the real goals of worship, and that method all too easily falls prey to idolatrous misuse. By bringing korban our ancestors came to witness life and death taking place right in front of them, punctuated with the slaughter of the animal and the sprinkling of its blood on the altar, and with incense all around, undoubtedly to relieve some of the odious stench of it all.
Too many forget and forgot that everything already belongs to God, and therefore there is not really one thing that can be given to enrich the Elohim.the offerings where a way of giving something to God, with the feeling that one would not have that any more. It was a way to give thanks to the Hashem for the received goods and giving recognition that it belongs all to Him. Altar sacrifices were also given to atone for sin. By giving something away for offering we can show how much and what we want to let go of that what we consider to be owning. For bringing korban we will have to detach from something what we considers to be ours. At such moments of korban the Elohim gives man the opportunity to “go deeper in himself” and to question the “I” or “the self“. The Adonai knows our heart and understands our frailness and gives us the chance to come closer to Him.
Throughout the ages we can see that lots of peoples made sacrifices with animals and even with other people. When they found that the Elohim Hashem Jehovah was not answering their prayers, instead of wondering if that where the good requests, they started making other gods, in the hope those would answer their requests in the positive way. That attitude shows clearly how man started placing God as a handy tool for them and not as them being children of God having to be honourable to their Father.
Over time, as societies became larger, they also tended to become less egalitarian and more hierarchical. those in charge also found that certain people posed a threat to them, the elites, or who had fallen out of favour with them and therefore could be better done with. Some leaders also tried to bring fear over other people and used offerings as a way to do that. Later religious groups used offerings to enrich their church and to keep the people in their power. Often those in leadership created demons to frighten people. When they would not give enough those demons or devils would come after them or they would be found guilty and being tortured in a purgatory or in a hellfire. This made that certain people also started to worship such demons and devils. Next to groups that worshipped God or gods there came satanists or worshippers of the evil ghosts.
Lots of people could come to see how they could not get in control of the world around them, though they would love to have everything under control. the elohim wants people to understand and know that although man may not be able to control his environment all the time, he can control how it affects his brain. By putting the mind on something, concentrating or meditating man is able to place himself where God wants him to be. And that is what God requires of His creatures, that they come to be in control of their own mind. Prayers and offerings are just tools to bring man into such a state of “connection”.
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