“These things I have spoken to you, that you should not be made to stumble. They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service. And these things they will do to you because they have not known the Father nor Me.” John 16: 1-3
Cain and Abel is a story that I have not taught due to the more mature subject matter. This year I have older kids and anger management is an issue with some of them which is why I developed this lesson. The story is found in Genesis 4.
When studying the passage I was amazed at how many bibleteacher’s notes contained many speculations and inferences. When I teach I try and specify what is not mentioned in scripture. For instance, some things that are not specified in this passage are #1. We do not know the age difference between Cain and Abel. #2. We are not told what type of offering was brought. We are warned in Jude, not to go ” the way of Cain”…according to 1 John 3:12, “Cain who was of the wicked one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his works were evil and his brother’s righteous. Hebrews 11:4 further illuminates the story from Genesis by stating “By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous , God testifying of his gifts…” Was this “witness” a physical sign? It had to impress Cain with the fact, because he was furious that his offering was not accepted by God… #3. But we do not know for sure what this witness was! Isn’t this one of the primary reasons the world hates the saints today? They bring what they think are acceptable offerings to a god of their own imagining and the saints know that only the Blood of the Son of God, Jesus the Messiah, covers their sin…”Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us …” Titus 3:5. Cain did not have to stay angry. He could repent of his anger and “do well”. If not, warned God, sin was lying at the door and ready to pounce on him. God’s warning was not heeded and Cain’s anger resulted in a horrible deed. We don’t read of any remorse after Cain killed Abel…only distress at the punishment he received from God!