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Genesis 4:1-16

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1Adam knew* Eve his wife. She conceived, and gave birth to Cain, and said, “I have gotten a man with the LORD’s help.” 2 Again she gave birth, to Cain’s brother Abel.
*meaning had sexual intercourse

Genesis 4

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Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.

Genesis 4

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3 As time passed, Cain brought an offering to the LORD from the fruit of the ground. 4 Abel also brought some of the firstborn of his flock and of its fat.

Genesis 4

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The LORD respected Abel and his offering, 5 but he didn’t respect Cain and his offering.

Genesis 4

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Cain was very angry, and the expression on his face fell.6 The LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why has the expression of your face fallen? 7 If you do well, won’t it be lifted up? If you don’t do well, sin crouches at the door. Its desire is for you, but you are to rule over it.”

Genesis 4

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8 Cain said to Abel, his brother, “Let’s go into the field.”

Genesis 4

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While they were in the field, Cain rose up against Abel, his brother, and killed him.

Genesis 4

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9 The LORD said to Cain, “Where is Abel, your brother?” He said, “I don’t know. Am I my brother’s keeper?”

Genesis 4

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10 The LORD said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood cries to me from the ground. 11 Now you are cursed because of the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand.12 From now on, when you till the ground, it won’t yield its strength to you. You will be a fugitive and a wanderer in the earth.”

Genesis 4

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13 Cain said to the LORD, “My punishment is greater than I can bear.14 Behold, you have driven me out today from the surface of the ground. I will be hidden from your face, and I will be a fugitive and a wanderer in the earth. Whoever finds me will kill me.”

Genesis 4

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15 The LORD said to him, “Therefore whoever slays Cain, vengeance will be taken on him sevenfold.” The LORD appointed a sign for Cain, so that anyone finding him would not strike him.16 Cain left the LORD’s presence, and lived in the land of Nod, east of Eden.
 
 

Genesis 4:1-16

World English Bible British Edition (WEBPB)

1 Adam knew* Eve his wife. She conceived, and gave birth to Cain, and said, “I have gotten a man with the LORD’s help.” 2 Again she gave birth, to Cain’s brother Abel.
*meaning had sexual intercourse

Genesis 4

World English Bible British Edition (WEBPB)

Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.

Genesis 4

World English Bible British Edition (WEBPB)

3 As time passed, Cain brought an offering to the LORD from the fruit of the ground. 4 Abel also brought some of the firstborn of his flock and of its fat.

Genesis 4

World English Bible British Edition (WEBPB)

The LORD respected Abel and his offering, 5 but he didn’t respect Cain and his offering.

Genesis 4

World English Bible British Edition (WEBPB)

Cain was very angry, and the expression on his face fell.6 The LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why has the expression of your face fallen? 7 If you do well, won’t it be lifted up? If you don’t do well, sin crouches at the door. Its desire is for you, but you are to rule over it.”

Genesis 4

World English Bible British Edition (WEBPB)

8 Cain said to Abel, his brother, “Let’s go into the field.”

Genesis 4

World English Bible British Edition (WEBPB)

While they were in the field, Cain rose up against Abel, his brother, and killed him.

Genesis 4

World English Bible British Edition (WEBPB)

9 The LORD said to Cain, “Where is Abel, your brother?” He said, “I don’t know. Am I my brother’s keeper?”

Genesis 4

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10 The LORD said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood cries to me from the ground. 11 Now you are cursed because of the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand.12 From now on, when you till the ground, it won’t yield its strength to you. You will be a fugitive and a wanderer in the earth.”

Genesis 4

World English Bible British Edition (WEBPB)

13 Cain said to the LORD, “My punishment is greater than I can bear.14 Behold, you have driven me out today from the surface of the ground. I will be hidden from your face, and I will be a fugitive and a wanderer in the earth. Whoever finds me will kill me.”

Genesis 4

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15 The LORD said to him, “Therefore whoever slays Cain, vengeance will be taken on him sevenfold.” The LORD appointed a sign for Cain, so that anyone finding him would not strike him.16 Cain left the LORD’s presence, and lived in the land of Nod, east of Eden.
 

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Are you wondering…

1. Why did God not accept Cain's offering?

 

Was it because Cain did not pick the choicest of his crops? He simply pick “some” of his crops. Or was it because the blood of the lamb cleanses sins?

 

 

 

 

2. Did God favour Abel over Cain?

 

The Lord said to Cain “You will be accepted if you do what is right.” So was it favour? Will God also accept Cain if he did right? Then what was it that he did not do right?

 

 

 

 

3. Why do you think Cain was angry with the Lord?

If Cain had believed that the Lord loves him. Do you think that he will get angry with the Lord? If he believed that the Lord loves him just as much as Abel and believe that he will be just as accepted if he did correctly, do you think he will be angry? All it takes is to do the right thing and he will be accepted. Was it not simpler than murder?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. What was it that Cain did not do right?

What was it that Cain did not do right? Was it simply because he did not pick the best of his crops? Somehow.. knowing the character of the Lord, I felt that this does not make sense. As a parent, I would have shown appreciation of my child’s gift even if I know he was not sincere. Our Heavenly Father is the perfect Father. It is not possible for me to be better in parenting. So there must be a reason why the Lord did not accept Cain’s offering. And that is also the reason that cause Cain not to pick the best of his crops. What do you think is the reason?

5. Why do you think that Cain become jealous of Abel?

 

Do you think…had Cain believed strongly that the Lord loves him just as much as Abel, do you think he will find the need to become jealous of Abel? Cain become jealous because he felt that the Lord favours and thought that was the reason why the Lord has accepted Abel’s offerings and not his.

 

 

 

 

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