Genesis 2 : 2

As a shepherd Abel sanctified his work to the glory of God, and offered a sacrifice of blood on his altar, and the Lord had respect unto Abel and his offering. This early type of our Lord is exceedingly clear and distinct. Like the first streak of light which tinges the east at dawn, it does not reveal everything, but it clearly manifests the great fact that the sun is coming. As they see Abel, a shepherd and yet a priest, offering a sacrifice of sweet smell unto God, they discern our Lord, who brings before his Father a sacrifice to which Jehovah ever hath respect. Abel was detested by his brother hated without a cause; and even so was the Savior: the natural and carnal man detested the accepted man in whom the Spirit of grace was found, and rested not until his blood had been shed. Abel fell, and sprinkled his altar and sacrifices along with his own blood, and therein sets forth the Lord Jesus slain by the enmity of man while serving as a priest before the Lord. “The nice Shepherd laid down his life for the sheep.” Let us cry over him as they view him slain by the hatred of mankind, staining the horns of his altar along with his own blood. Abel’s blood speaked. “The Lord said unto Cain, The voice of thy brother’s blood cried unto me from the ground” The blood of Jesus hath a mighty tongue, and the import of its prevailing cry is not vengeance but mercy. It is precious beyond all preciousness to stand at the altar of our nice Shepherd! to see him bleeding there as the slaughtered priest, and then to listen to his blood speaking peace to all his flock, peace in our conscience, peace between Jew and Gentile, peace between man and his offended Maker, peace all down the ages of eternity for blood-washed men. Abel is the first shepherd in order of time, but our hearts shall ever place Jesus first in order of excellence. Thou great Keeper of the sheep, they the people of thy pasture bless thee with our whole hearts when they see the slain for us.

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