Genesis: Chapter 4

Story of Cain and Abel

  • Adam knew Eve as his wife, and she had 2 children – Cain and then Abel. 
  • Abel is a shepherd, Cain is a tiller of the ground. 
  • Cain brought the fruit of the ground as an offering to God, Abel brought his firstborn of his flock and fat portions. The Lord respected and accepted Abel’s offering but not Cain’s, so Cain became angry, sad, and depressed. 
    •   Cain and Abel both brought offerings to God. The difference was that God accepted Abel’s and not Cain’s. Why?
        Cain brought the fruits of the ground that God had cursed. More importantly, he didn’t bring God his firsts. Abel brought his “firstborn” of his offerings – which is what God deserves. Cain didn’t.
       
    • Tithing – giving money to church. 
    •   This story proves that we are supposed to give the first of every paycheck back to God. He is the one who supplies our needs, so He deserves the 10% He asks for before we do anything else with our money. It takes faith to give that back to God, especially when you’re struggling financially. God is the only one who can bless you supernaturally – but we have to listen to Him. He is the one who gave us the job or the blessing in the first place, so we need to tithe the 10% He asks us to. If we don’t, we’re stealing from Him. Give God the little He asks back and watch His blessings pour out in your life.
        Watch out for the devil, though. He will tell you it’s a bad idea and that you need that money. He’s a liar.
       
  • God asked Cain why he was upset. He tells him that if he does well, he will be accepted; but if he doesn’t, sin will tempt him. 
  • Cain took Abel out into the field and murdered him. God asked Cain where his brother was, but Cain said he didn’t know. God told Cain He knew what happened and that he will be cursed and a fugitive for the rest of his life. Cain told the Lord it was too much for him to handle and that whoever finds him will kill him. So, God told him that if anyone kills him, they will be avenged sevenfold. Then the Lord marked Cain. 
  • Cain then had children with his wife (one of Adam’s children). 
  • Eve becomes pregnant again and has Seth. 
  • >>See Adam and Eve’s Family Tree<<

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