Biblical Story Of Cain And Abel With Lessons
Genesis 4 vs. 1-16
STORY OF CAIN AND ABEL.
In our topic for today, we will learn about the story of Cain and Abel and at the end of the story we will learn some lessons from the story.
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Cain and Abel are brothers, the two sons of Adam and Eve. Cain was the first while Abel was the second born. Abel was a shepherd taking care of the animals while Cain was a farmer growing crops and grains. In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord, and Abel also brought offering, fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. So, the Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering and accepted it, but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So, Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast.
So, the Lord noticed Cain’s mood that he was angry and down casted, God asked Cain why was his countenance down? “And God also said, if you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”
One day, Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go out to the field.”[d] While they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him. Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel? “I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?”
But the Lord said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground. And God cursed Cain saying ‘you are under a curse and driven from the ground, which opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. When you work the ground, it will no longer yield its crops for you. You will be a restless wanderer on the earth.”
Cain said to the Lord, “My punishment is more than I can bear. Today you are driving me from the land, and I will be hidden from your presence; I will be a restless wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me.” But the Lord said to him, “Not so[e]; anyone who kills Cain will suffer vengeance seven times over.” Then the Lord put a mark on Cain so that no one who found him would kill him. So Cain went out from the Lord’s presence and lived in the land of Nod,[f] east.
However, there are lessons to learn from the story of Cain and Abel, not to despise Cain or to blame Cain but for us to desist from the mistakes he made.
- Give God your best: David said in 1 Chronicles 21:24 that, “he will not gift to God what does not cost him anything and this what we learnt from Abel, Abel gave the best of his cattle to God as a sacrifice and God was pleased with him and accepted Abel’s sacrifice while on the other hand, Cain just gave what pleases him to God rather than giving God the best of his crops and grains. As a child of God, we must give God what He only deserves. We should not give Him our left overs, We must honor Him with our best, what only He deserves. God sees and knows all we have at hand per time and He is the only one that can multiply whatever we gift to Him. We must strive to give God our best all the time.
- Give to God from our hearts: Whenever it is time to give to God, we must give Him from our heart. Whatever we want to give to God must flow from a sincere and a thanksgiving heart, when we do this, we won’t have to doubt if what we are giving is small or not. As we read from the story, Abel gave God from a sincere and a joyful heart, that was why he never taught of giving God what was less than what He deserved. Whatever we do, comes from the heart. If Cain was thinking right and his mind was pleased with God, he would have offered a more pleasant sacrifice to God, but because his mind was not right with God, he just offered anything to God. The bible says we should guide our hearts with all diligence for out of it flows the issues of life. What happens in our reality is what we have conceived in our hearts. Let joy from your heart and be sincere in your dealings.
- Rebuke the spirit of jealousy: If you are opportune to see what another person is offering to God either in thanksgiving or tithe, never get to the point where you start getting jealous of what the next person is giving. Jealousy brings bitterness against one another, it may not be only in the area of sacrifice, in every area of one’s life we must rebuke the spirit of jealousy, because it is a sin and will hinder one’s prayers from been answered, jealousy brings hatred and hatred can lead to killing just like Cain did to his brother in the story.
- Always ask God for forgiveness: Whenever you fall short of God’s glory do not hesitate to ask Him to forgive you. Remember, punishment does not mean repentance. God punishes those whom He loves, but we must ask God to forgive us. One thing that was not stated in the story was, if Cain asked God to forgive him, despite Cain having an opportunity to talk to God about the curse God laid on him, it was not stated he repented and asked God to forgive him. Whenever it is clear to us that God is correcting us from our bad ways, we must ask God to forgive us of the trespasses so that we can favor in His eyes.
- Rebuke the spirit of anger: The first issue Cain had was anger against his brother, then anger against God. Cain did not deal with the spirit of anger in him, rather he allowed the spirit of anger in him to grow into jealousy where he later killed his brother. Abel did not do anything against Cain, but Cain was just angry Abel’s sacrifice was accepted while his own was rejected. Instead of getting angry with a neighbor or friend doing well, why not thank God for them and even learn from them so that you can get better too. Spirit of anger will only make things worse and not solve anything. We must identify when anger is setting in our lives and we must rebuke it fervently.