September 29, 2014

Tell Me The Story (English) - 2014-15

Genesis 4:1-16

Cain Murders Abel

1Adam and Eve had a son. Then Eve said, “I'll name him Cain because I got him with the help of the LORD.”2Later she had another son and named him Abel.

Abel became a sheep farmer, but Cain farmed the land.3One day, Cain gave part of his harvest to the LORD,4 and Abel also gave an offering to the LORD. He killed the first-born lamb from one of his sheep and gave the LORD the best parts of it. The LORD was pleased with Abel and his offering,5but not with Cain and his offering. This made Cain so angry that he could not hide his feelings.

6The LORD said to Cain:

What's wrong with you? Why do you look so angry?7If you had done the right thing, you would be smiling. But you did the wrong thing, and now sin is waiting to attack you like a lion. Sin wants to destroy you, but don't let it!

8 Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let's go for a walk.” And when they were out in a field, Cain attacked and killed him.

9Afterwards the LORD asked Cain, “Where is Abel?”

“How should I know?” he answered. “Am I supposed to look after my brother?”

10 Then the LORD said:

Why have you done this terrible thing? You killed your own brother, and his blood flowed onto the ground. Now his blood is calling out for me to punish you.11And so, I'll put you under a curse. Because you killed Abel and made his blood run out on the ground, you will never be able to farm it again.12When you try to farm the land, it won't produce anything for you. From now on, you'll be without a home, and you'll spend the rest of your life wandering from place to place.

13“This punishment is too hard!” Cain said.14“You're making me leave my home and live far from you. I will have to wander about without a home, and just anyone could kill me.”

15“No!” the LORD answered. “Anyone who kills you will be punished seven times worse than I am punishing you.” So the LORD put a mark on Cain to warn everyone not to kill him.16But Cain had to go far from the LORD and live in the Land of Wandering, which is east of Eden.

Genesis 4:1-16 © 2012 Faith Comes By Hearing / Hosanna

DAY 1 – Anger’s Consequences

We don’t have to search very long to find a situation that involves “anger.” We see the consequence of anger in our world, neighborhoods, and sometimes in our homes. As we open the Word today, we are met with the very first situation of “anger with consequences” recorded in the Bible.

Scripture: Genesis 4:1-16

Some believe that the reason God did not accept Cain’s offering was that it was not a blood offering, but neither were meal or grain offerings. No meat was included in those offerings, and God accepted them. It definitely was not that God was partial to Abel and not so to Cain. The real difference was the attitudes that Abel and Cain had when they gave their offerings. Abel’s attitude was one of faith and worship, but Cain’s attitude was one of fulfilling a requirement. There was no gratitude in his heart for God.

God gives Cain a warning in verse 7, “sin is couching (lying) at your door waiting to come in. You must have dominion over it.” If only Cain had heeded God’s warning. God was ready and willing to help Cain overcome his feelings of hatred and anger towards his brother, Abel. Instead “sin had dominion over him” and Cain killed Abel. The consequences of “uncontrolled anger” can change a life forever.

Life Application: Speak to me, Father. How does this story apply to my life? Is sin – anger – crouching at my door? Is my attitude toward You and Your provisions authentic or false?

Getting the most from God's Word

As you embark on this Journey, here are four steps to invite God's Word to challenge and encourage you.

  1. Pray

    Pray with focus and openness to see what God has for you. God, connect with me here, as I seek You in your Word.

  2. Read

    Read the selected section of scripture slowly. Take note of intriguing words and phrases. Read them a second time.

  3. Reflect

    Reflect on what strikes you as you read. What does this passage of Scripture teach you about God's values?

  4. Respond

    Respond to the passage. Speak to God directly about what's on your mind and hear. Look for ways to live out what you've uncovered.