The First Book of Moses Called Genesis
Who Are Cain and Abel Bible Study
Cain and Abel Bible Story Research
It's a joy to have you back with us at Daily Bread. We have looked at
the story of Creation and learned about Adam and Eve ... So now,
let's talk about two of their children named Cain and Abel. Two sons
that were born to Adam and Eve were named Cain and Abel. Most people
call this story Cain and Abel because Cain was older but because of
how the story turns out, I thought it best to change the title to
Abel and Cain. Let's see if you agree.
Cain was a gardener or a farmer and Abel was a shepherd tending the
sheep. At that time, they would bring sacrifices to God to show their
love for Him. One time, Cain gave God a gift, or a sacrifice, of the
fruit he grew. Abel gave God one of the very best of his flock. God
was very happy with Abel's gift, but he wasn't very pleased with
You may ask yourself, why did God like Abel's gift more than Cain's?
Perhaps it didn't mean anything one way or another to Cain that he
gave up some fruit for God, or perhaps it did. Many gardeners and
farmers would attest that the fruits of their labor is precious. Now
imagine Abel having a favorite little lamb and choosing to sacrifice
it because he loved God more? Abel must have loved that little lamb a
lot for God to be so delighted with the gift.
So, perhaps this was not the case. Abel's calling was to be a
shepherd. Naturally, the best of his flock would be the sacrifice
Abel would offer. Likewise perhaps, Cain's calling was to be a
farmer. Naturally, the best of his crops would be the sacrifice Cain
would offer. Who is to say that Cain's offering meant less to him
than Abel's offering meant to him? We aren't afforded that
information in this story, but if we research the Bible a little bit,
we find that:
The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the
prayer of the upright is his delight.
Who Are Cain and Abel Bible Study Warning
Cain and Abel Bible Story Danger
It may be that something Cain did in the past, or perhaps his
lifestyle was unacceptable in the eyes of God, therefore, his
sacrifice was unacceptable as well. Again, this is an assumption,
because we aren't given such detail in the Bible, but it is something
to ponder, and it is not beyond reason.
At any rate, all of this made Cain very jealous, so one day out in
the field, he killed his brother Abel.
Now, God could hear the blood of Abel crying out from the earth, and
knew what had happened so He asked Cain, Where is your brother Abel?
And Cain sassed God back, lying and saying, I don't know with
the words, "Am I my brother's keeper?"
This angered the Lord and He said to Cain, I know you killed Abel. To
punish you for what you've done, I will cause anything you plant not
to grow. You will be a drifter, and run from place to place because
you will not have a home and you will hide your face from me.
Cain begged God not to punish him so harshly. He pleaded with God,
because he knew that anyone who found him would try and kill him. So
God put a mark on Cain to protect him from being killed, and said
that anyone who tried to kill Cain would be punished seven times as
Adam and Eve had another son named Seth which carried on the
Who Are Cain and Abel Bible Study Summary
Cain and Abel Bible Story Conclusion
Bible stories are the best for helping us to think about our own
lives. Does the Lord find us acceptable, and therefore find our
sacrifices acceptable? How often do we find ourselves being selfish
with our sacrifices to God? That's right we are to give sacrifices to
God. Not out of obligation but out of Love. He has said He does not
want us to go out and slaughter an animal that is already His, just
cuz Abel did. What Abel did he did from his heart. What God wants is
for us to sacrifice our time and to Love one another willingly. Not
much to ask huh? Make sure you return to Daily Bread and look for the
next study ... Noah's
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