Abel Was A Type Of Jesus Christ

  1. Abel was a shepherd.  (Genesis 4:2)
  2. It was as a shepherd that he presented his offering unto God.  (Genesis 4:4)
  3. Though giving no cause for it, Abel was hated by his brother.  (Genesis 4:8)
  4. Cain was jealous of his brother Abel and it was out of envy the Cain slew Abel.  (Genesis 4:7)
  5. Abel did not die a natural death.  (Genesis 4:8)
  6. Abel met a violent end at the hand of his brother.  (Genesis 4:8)
  7. Punishment was meted out upon his murderer.  (Genesis 4:11,12)
  8. The offering Abel presented was an offering ‘unto God.’  (Hebrews 11:4)
  9. The offering which Abel presented was ‘the firstlings of his flock’, a ‘lamb.’  (Genesis 4:4)
  10. In bringing his offering ‘by faith’ he demonstrated that he believed the Word of God.  (Hebrews 11:4)
  11. The offering which Abel presented is described as an ‘excellent’ one.  (Hebrews 11:4)
  12. God had ‘respect unto Abel and to his offering’. God accepted the offering of Abel.  (Hebrews 11:4)
  13. In the presentation of his offering, Abel ‘obtained witness that he was righteous.’  (Hebrews 11:4)  Abel was already saved and made righteous.
  14. After Abel’s presentation of his offering, God publicly ‘testified’ of His acceptance of it.  (Hebrews 11:4)
  15. Abel’s offering still ‘speaks’ to God. By it Abel ‘being dead yet speaketh.’  (Hebrews 11:4)

Christ was pictured by the life of Abel
  1. Our Lord is a Shepherd: ‘the Good Shepherd.’  (John 10:11)
  2. It was as a  Shepherd that Jesus Christ presented His offering to God.  (John 10:11)
  3. Jesus, though giving no cause for it, Jesus was hated by His brethren according to the flesh the Jews. (John 15:25)
  4. It was through ‘envy’ that Jesus was delivered up to be crucified.  (Matthew 27:18)
  5. Our Lord did not die a natural death. He was slain by ‘wicked hands.’  (Acts 2:23)
  6. Jesus was crucified by ‘the house of Israel’, His brethren according to the flesh.  (Romans 9:5)
  7. After His death, our Lord’s murderers were punished by God.  (Mark 12:9)
  8. The Lord Jesus was presented an offering ‘to God.’  (Ephesians 5:2)
  9. The offering He presented was Himself; a ‘lamb.’  (II Peter 1:19)
  10. In presenting Himself as an offering He was obedient to ‘the Word of God.’  (Hebrews 10:7-9)
  11. The offering Christ offered was an  ‘excellent’ one. It was ‘a sweet smelling savor.’  (Ephesians 5:2)
  12. God accepted His offering: the proof being that He is now ‘seated at the right hand of God.’ (Hebrews 10:12)
  13. While presenting Himself on the Cross as an offering to God, ‘He obtained witness that He was righteous’ The centurion saying, ’This is a righteous man.’  (Luke 23:47)
  14. God publicly testified His acceptance of the offering by raising Him from the dead.  (Acts 2:36)
  15. Christ’s offering now ‘speaks’ to God.  (Hebrews 12:24)