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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.