Category Archives: Genesis

Cain and Abel

The story of Cain and Abel can be found in Genesis 4. Take some time to read it and get familiar with the story.

Genesis 4:9 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper?”

Cain and Abel were brothers. Do you have any brothers or sisters?  Maybe just some close cousins or friends? Do you ever get mad at them for anything they do?  Do you ever get SO mad that you would actually hurt them? I hope that would never happen, but it did with Cain and Abel.

If you read the story of Adam and Eve’s sons, they were two very different guys. One worked in the field while one kept the sheep. One was eager to please God and the other was more selfish. God expected the same from both of them; He wanted them to give Him an offering of their best. For Abel that would mean he was to sacrifice his best lamb to the Lord and for Cain that would mean he would sacrifice from his best crops. Abel’s heart for the Lord caused him to give of that sacrifice with great pleasure. Cain, though, didn’t want to give his best, so he gave less than what God required. When Abel’s offering earned God’s praise, it made Cain very angry.

What’s the angriest you’ve ever been with somebody?  Why was it that you became so angry?  I’ll bet it probably wasn’t because they sacrificed a better lamb to God!  I’m also willing to bet that no matter how mad you became you weren’t willing to kill your brother or sister or friend over whatever happened. But that’s just what Cain did, he killed Abel.

When God called out to Cain, asking him where his brother was, Cain lied. He said he didn’t know where Abel was. One sin turned into another. That’s the way sin often works.  It doesn’t even appear that Cain was sorry about what he had done. As much as God doesn’t like it when we sin, what He really doesn’t like is when we’re not even sorry for it.  Cain is an example of someone who didn’t repent. To repent means to be sorry for doing something to the point that we never want to do it again. When we repent, we ask God for forgiveness.

Can you think of something you’ve done that you need to ask forgiveness for?  Maybe there’s someone whose feelings you hurt and you need to ask them to forgive you. If that’s true, think about how to talk to them and tell them you’re sorry. The people in your life are more important that anything that could come between you, whether it’s a sheep or something else like a toy or a something.

The other thing you need to know about this story is that God is loving and He didn’t just give up on Cain and kill him. Even though He punished Cain for his sin and made him leave, He also watched over him and protected him so that no one could hurt Cain. Even when we sin, God still loves us and looks after us. He still sent Jesus for us even though we continue to sin just like Adam, Eve, and Cain did. That’s some serious love.

Adam & Eve

I’m going to guess that you know who I’m talking about what I say Adam and Eve.  Who were they? They were the very first people that God created after making the world!  They were the first husband and wife, the first father and mother, and the first people to sin.

This week we’re going to find out more about Adam and Eve and what their roles were supposed to be, their relationship with God, what their sin meant for them and means for us, and how their story connects to Jesus.  Can you look ahead of time for some of that?  Try looking it up in the book of Genesis in the Bible.  It’s the very first book.

Adam and Eve are just the beginning of a great story, one that takes many pages, many authors, and 66 books to tell.  The Bible is exciting from beginning to end, and it all starts with Adam and Eve.

Are you ready?  Let’s review 1 Corinthians 15:22 today: “For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. “

Taking care of the earth

God gave Adam a very special job.  Adam got to name all of the animals that were created (Genesis 2:19), and take care of all of the beautiful place God gave him.  In this Garden of Eden, things were good, but God said they were not good enough until Adam had a helper.  Once Eve was created, things were as they should be.

Adam and Eve didn’t have to work hard in the garden to get the trees to produce fruit because the earth was still perfect at that time.  It never even needed to rain because God made water come out of the ground to make the plants grow.  Even though work wasn’t hard for the first humans, God gave them a job to do.

You were created with a purpose too.  You have a job to do that was given to you by God. It’s your own special calling, just like Adam and Eve had.  Jesus had His own special task on the earth too.  Do you know what it was?

Keep up the great work memorizing verses!  Genesis 3:20 “The man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.”

Created in God’s image

God created everything from the earth and night and day to the animals and plants that are on the earth.  Then, on a very special day, he created Adam and Eve, the first humans.  Humans are quite different from the other animals and that’s why God made them on their own special day.  Some of the things that are true about God are true about humans, because we’re made in His image.

Adam and Eve could do all sorts of things that animals couldn’t do.  They were able to think in much greater ways than animals, able to speak, able to worship God, and even able to be God’s friend.  Nothing else that God created was able to have these things be true about them.

God wanted Adam and Eve to help each other.  First, He had made Adam only (Genesis 2:7), but He decided that Adam needed a helper and friend, so He made Eve (Genesis 2:18). Adam and his wife walked in the garden together, took care of the animals and plants, and even got to spend time with God.  They were special, unlike all the rest of creation, because they (and you) were made in God’s image.

Here’s the next verse to memorize:  Genesis 3:20 “The man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.”