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Lesson on Cain & Abel

"If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not well, sin lies at the door; its desire is for you, but you must master it."
                Genesis  4:7

           
Today's Theme: How to overcome anger and jealousy.  

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Cain & Abel (simple)

Cain & Abel #2

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"I have spoken and I will bring it to pass. I have purposed and I will do it." Isaiah;46:11

Card game: Love God/ Love Others

Heart Card Game #1

Heart Card Game #2

The basic idea:

Heavenly Father wanted to fix the world quickly, so He wanted to send the Messiah right away to Adam and Eve's family. But because Adam and Eve were the ones that fell and "broke" The Three Blessings (Be fruitfull, Multiply, Have dominion over creation), Heavenly Father couldn't send the Messiah to them directly. Adam and Eve after the fall belonged half to God and half to Satan so they were half good and half evil. So Heavenly Father wanted to send the Messiah to Adam and Eve's children, Cain and Abel.

Cain and Abel would be ready for the Messiah to come when they demonstrate that they love God (Foundation of Faith) and that they love others (Foundation of Substance).

 

The Story

Cain and Abel
After Adam and Eve fell, God immediately tried to restore his family. Adam and Eve were originally meant to serve only God but after their fall, they found themselves in the midway position between God and Satan. God therefore could not use them to launch the providence of restoration and instead selected their two sons; Abel (the younger) and Cain (the elder) to represent God's and Satan's sides respectively. Why?


In Old Testament times, God commanded people to worship Him with burnt offerings.
These offerings were burned on altars. They were called sacrifices.
One day, Cain made an offering to God from the harvest of his field, while Abel sacrificed one of his animals on God's altar.
God, however, refected Cain's offering, choosing to accept only
Abel's.

Cain was jealous because God liked Abel’s sacrifice better than his. The Bible tells us,
“…Cain was very angry and his countenance fell.”  God said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? But if you do not well, sin lies at the door.”

God was warning Cain to distance himself from his bad feeling and to get closer to Abel.
Later when they were alone out in the field, Cain killed his brother Abel.
Then he buried his body in the ground. God saw what happened. He asked Cain about Abel, saying “Where is Abel your brother?”

But Cain did not want to tell God what had happened. He said, “I do not know… am I my brother’s keeper?” Do you understand what Cain did? First he killed his brother, then he lied about it.


Cain could not understand God's heart and in his anger committed a great sin. So from this murder, the foundation for the restoration of an ideal family could not be done.  Adam and Eve had a third son named Seth, who carry God's lignage.  Unfortunately, God's plan to save humankind came to be delayed for a very long period of time.
 


TALKING IT OVER

Lessons we can learn from the First Family.

We need to understand God's providential plan by studying the roles of Adam, Eve, Cain and Abel.

First: God's will can only be fully accomplished when both God and man fulfill their respective portions of responsibility.

Second: God's will is absolute.  This means he will find another person to be the central figure if one fails.  That's why Seth took over the position of Abel in representing God's side.

Third:  Cain was supposed to love Abel from God's viewpoint and humbly learn God's will from Abel.

How to overcome anger   ( link to a character education discussion activity)

It’s very hard for some people to control their temper. What bad things happen when people are angry?

Discussion: When things don’t turn out the way we expected, we often look for someone or something to blame. Usually, we also need to look inward. Were we expecting too much? Did we respond the way we were expected to respond? If we are not honest about what we do, it will lead to anger, and anger opens the door to bad action. 

Review questions
1) Why did Cain kill Abel? he was jealous that God liked Abel's sacrifice and not his.

2) What could Cain do instead of getting angry at Abel? He could have been please that God accepted Abel's offering, and humbly ask Abel how he could do his offering so God could accepted it as well.
 

  

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