5. Abel’s Altar

Then Adam’s son, to worship, built a fire.
That second child from Eden’s naked pair
Received an inner word to raise a pyre
And slay a lamb to burn as off’ring there.

He shared this precept with his brother Cain,
Who offered fruits from cold but fertile ground—
Not flesh from living flocks whose warmth was slain,
Presaging future Sacrifice profound….

Enraged, he shed his prophet-brother’s blood.
Its clotted cry for justice Heaven heard:
Cain’s line and kind were wiped away by flood.
Then, after Noah’s altar, came a third…

The paschal lamb, but not that rite alone:
On fiery mount, God burned His Law in stone.

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