(An esoteric interpretation)
This is an excerpt taken from my book, "The Two Witnesses/The Holy/Gram Of Biblical Physics" Some friends sitting at the 'round-table' discussing scripture.
...."The story of Ishmael and Isaac, the story of Lucifer and Jesus, the story of Esau and Jacob, the story of Cain and Abel, the story of Saul and Paul, the story of the two Adams, the two Abraham's and so forth. As you’ve probably noticed in these sets of two, the first one is always the bad guy, the second is always the good guy. The first Adam: ‘of the earth, earthy.’ "The second Adam, the Lord from heaven" Cain: slew his brother Abel. Esau: whom ‘God hates,’ Ishmael: ‘son of the bondwoman.’ Lucifer: who set himself up as God or as good. Saul: who destroyed the church and then tried to save it. The flesh and then the spirit; the lie and then the truth; darkness and then the light. All of these and many many more are stories, and the first impression that comes to mind when these stories are read is ‘the image,’ the lie Paul speaks of in Romans,3:7.
“The deceiver (the lie) is the bad guy, and he tries to convince the Eve within us, to partake of the forbidden fruit, which is the flesh, the image. And looking at it this way convinces everyone to believe the lie, and be damned to hell or confusion. And after two thousand years of looking at it this way, there has been such fear instilled in us, that we tremble to think there could be any other way of looking at the scriptures at all.
“Understanding" or "Christ", sets us free from this fear, so that we may see the Word spiritually, or see Him as He is, i.e., in the "Express Image" of his father - Spirit. If you have read the story of Cain and Abel, you might remember when Eve ‘bore’ Cain, she said, ‘I have gotten a man child (be sure and read what the word 'man' represents. Also, Jesus, the son of MAN and Jesus the son of God.) from the Lord.’ The scriptures were written this way intentionally, they are like fish hooks (man child), they are supposed to catch your attention. Taking it as a story, Eve could have said, ‘I’ve just given birth to our son’ or, ‘the Lord has blessed us with a son.’ 'We have a little boy'. But noooo, it has to be a ‘man child.’ I don’t mean to be silly, but it is joyful to consider the way the scriptures were written, but not often understood in this fashion.
“Anyway, that was in Genesis four and one. Then she ‘bore’ his brother Abel. Abel was a keeper of the sheep, a shepherd. Cain was a ‘tiller of the ground,’ of the earth, earthy, in other words, a farmer. Verse 3: "And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the 'fat' [anoint or precious] thereof. ‘And the Lord had respect unto Abel and his offering. But unto Cain and his offering he had not respect.
And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell." What this story is telling us about Cain is that he is a farmer and has tilled the ground and planted it, watered it, and grew all the necessities of life that his farm could yield, then in the heat of the day, picked and gathered it. Worn out and tired after all this toil, he brought the best he had to offer to God. But God didn’t think too much of that, and had no respect for him. [read this page about God having respect of persons]
Abel, on the other hand, really didn’t do too much labor at all, he just lay around under the shade trees or went fishing, or did anything he wanted to do as long as he made sure the sheep had a pasture to graze in and no animals attacked them. He took one of his sheep to God and killed it! God had respect unto him. Now something has got be wrong here somewhere! Why does God prefer shepherds over farmers? It does seem pretty silly if you look at it like that. So, the point here is, Cain's offering is from the ground, ‘the earth.’ Abel’s was ‘living sheep.' [Have you noticed all of the "RESPECT" words? Is God a RESPECTER of persons? Click this link and find out.]
Remember Romans 1 and 20, where it’ says, ‘the invisible or spiritual things of God from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made?’ Well, these stories make an image in our minds of a literal translation which is the first impression, which is the bad guy. Let me bring in another analogy.
“Back in the cowboy days, the cattlemen and the shepherds had had a problem with feeding cattle and sheep in the same pasture. The problem was, when the sheep went to graze first, there wasn’t any grass left for the cattle. They found if you let the cattle graze first, then there would be plenty left for the sheep. The moral of this story is, the sheep go to the root. That is why those that follow Christ are called sheep, they go to the root. Like a little child; 'Why mommy, how come daddy, who told you' and so on, questions, questions etc..
“This is what we’re supposed to do in our studies. Don’t be content with the top of the grass, as cattle are; followers of orthodoxy - literally -- that’s the letter. If something seems contradictory, don’t pass it up and forget about it. We are told to break it in pieces, grind it to powder, get to the root, find out what it means. Get to the bottom of it, so to speak. Make Full proof. Cain’s fruit was of the ground, and a clue to what kind of fruit Cain tilled is in, one John chapter three, verses eleven and twelve.
It says, ‘For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works [farming???] were evil and his brother’s righteous.’ Well, here we go again.
“What kind of deal is this? God prefers shepherds over farmers? I wouldn’t think so in the human sense, but this is only a story. Let’s read a couple more verses, then break the word ‘Cain’ down to the root meaning. Then we can understand better what this allegory is trying to tell us.
“Hebrews 11 and verse 4: ‘By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain [¿vegetables???], by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts [A dead roasted sheep - Lamb]: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.’ Now Jude, verse 11, where he’s talking about those who corrupt themselves with strange flesh (carnal scriptural teachings - sinful flesh): ‘Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam [Lord or Word of the people. Or the letter] for reward [ego, pride], and perished in the gainsaying of Cor’-e [false teachers of the earth].’
One of the Hebrew root words for Cain is Hephek, and it means, ‘contrary, opposite, reversed [‘my people, have gone away backwards’], and perversity.’ So, what all of this is telling us is that the nature of the spirit of Cain (which is the first-born, i.e., "bad-guy"), is to teach the carnal interpretation of the scriptures, because it is of the earth, ‘earthy,’ of the ground. The first "man" Adam was of the earth, earthy so was his first born, i.e., a man-child. (1 Corinthians 15:47). The spirit of Abel teaches the spiritual side.
“I guess it would be like me, as in the past, trying to save someone and get them to go to church, and worship in the letter, or the graven image. On the other hand, if I taught someone how to break down the words to the root meaning so they could gain spiritual understanding and not interpret them carnally, then I would be offering unto God a spirit minded-person, to where the Christ within them could teach them the Living Word. And if I guided them in their studies, then I would be classified as a shepherd, and they would be like sheep, eating to get to the root, simply reasoning with the mind, where it says, "God dwells" or, Golgotha, place of the skull.
“The same, works in the mind. If your intent and desire is pure and spiritual, then the understanding within you becomes your shepherd. This would be an offering unto God that He could respect. The kingdom of God is within us. Do you see what I’m saying?”
“I think I do,” Bob said. “What you’re saying is, to teach the scriptures the way all religions teach them is the way of Cain, and to teach them spiritually, is the way of Abel -- or something like that.”
“That’s the idea, Bob. The part of scripture which is strong in illusion compels you to believe the letter that killeth ["The ways of a "MAN" seemeth right in his own eyes, but the ends thereof are death"]; this is the part that looks like it is directed to the human factor rather than the eternal living spirit, the one that leaves the body at its death. The spirit is who the scriptures are written to. Ideally, you could go in my living room, ‘and if you could,’ leave your body there, and you, as a spirit, come back in here, then read the Bible. You could understand it with no problem because you would be applying the scriptures to your spirit not your physical being. ["God is Spirit and seeketh such to worship him"]
Like, Cain and Abel, the spirit and body [human intellect] are two brothers, one of the earth (carnal - intellect) and one of the spirit. These two, must become one. There is a human nature and there is a spiritual nature. The first, has been deceived: ‘the son of the bondwoman.’ The second, is the Lord, or spirit of life, the all knowing one: ‘Christ in you, the hope of glory.’.... Jeremiah 4:10, "Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! surely thou hast greatly deceived this people and Jerusalem, saying, Ye shall have peace; whereas the sword reacheth unto the soul".