In this scripture, we hear God speaking to Cain just after he had killed his brother Abel:
Genesis 4:10 [The Lord] said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to Me from the ground.”
It was comforting to know that God did not forget justice just because Abel died. After all, it is the lot of all humans to die. Yet God was provoked by the memory of Abel to do justice with regard to Cain. And thus, although Cain could remove Abel from the earth, Abel’s voice was still crying out to God from the ground.
Something even greater (Matthew 12:6, 41, 42; Luke 11:31-32) was at work with Jesus, for the New Testament speaks of Him in this way:
Hebrews 12:24 …to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks better than the blood of Abel.
Thus the blood of Jesus crying from the ground brought God to the point of raising Jesus from the ground – a point He had never come to with Abel. And, through Jesus, all the dead would rise – including Abel. This is why the writer to the Hebrews could say that the blood of Jesus “spoke better” than the blood of Abel.
The murders of Abel and Jesus both brought earthly judgment on the murderers, but the murder of Jesus also brought eternal redemption through the spirit with all the dead going to heaven. Mercy would get them all to heaven, and judgment would determine what sort of status in heaven each would deserve.
Thus the blood of Jesus speaks very, very well.
The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.
Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted.