Why was it so important about Cain and Abel’s occupation in Genesis Chapter 4:2?

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Why was it so important about Cain and Abel’s occupation in Genesis Chapter 4:2?

Gen. 4:2 And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.

Their occupation tells us what was going on shortly after the expulsion from the Garden.

It explains the different sacrifices they offered. It also kind of shows Cain’s lack of humility. They lived in a community they were not all spread out as we are today. So they had different duties. Abel kept the sheep, but they were not his. The sheep were not for food, but for sacrifices. We are told that they were not allowed to eat flesh until after the flood.  Since the sheep were kept for the sacrifices and Cain was told by God Himself that was what he wanted for sacrifices, why didn’t he just go get one of the sheep?

He would rather offer his own works and found that was not acceptable and instead of doing what the Lord asked for he allowed jealousy to overcome him.

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