First Murder Story (Genesis 4)
First Children – fruit tree & sheep – Adam & Eve had two sons: the first of mankind’s children. Cain cultivated plants and trees. Abel cared for livestock.
Blood Sacrifice – altar, animal, fire, smoke – When it was time to honor the LORD, Cain brought some of his fruit, and Abel offered meat from the firstborn of his flocks.
Brother’s Keeper – two men & rock – God accepted Abel’s offering and rejected Cain’s. Cain became jealous, lured Abel into a field, and killed his brother.
Cursed Outcast – king, road, traveler – Cain lied to God about killing Abel. God cursed Cain and put a mark on him. God sent Cain away, and he left to go build a city.
- Why did God not accept Cain’s offering of fruit?
- What were Cain’s emotions when God rejected his offering and instead favored his younger brother?
- What’s significant about God warning Cain of anger?
- What triggers your anger? Describe how anger feels.
- Imagine how Abel felt when his brother attacked.
- Imagine how Adam & Eve reacted to Abel’s death.
- What stands out to you about Cain’s punishments?
- What do we learn about temptation in this story?
The following activities will help you remember the story, apply wisdom to your own life, and tell the story to others.
- Pray. Listen to the story. Draw the story.
- Tell the story with the drawings.
- Draw your own pictures to illustrate the story.
- Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal wisdom in the story.
- Pray. What is the Holy Spirit asking you to do next?
- Go and tell the story to someone. Discuss the story.
- Disciple others to become Spirit-filled storytellers.
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