Week 4: Genesis 4

Cain and Abel

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Giving our Very Best to God

Did you read the story of “Cain and Abel” yet in your Story Bible? Did you watch the video with Mr. Vogt where Cain’s anger literally bubbled right over? Wow! I know you’ve shared stories of times you fought or kicked or hit your brother and sister but Cain was so angry and jealous he actually killed his brother. Does anyone remember why he was so angry? 

Both Cain and Abel brought offerings to God but your Story Bible says, “The Lord was glad to see Abel and his offering. But the Lord looked away from Cain and his offering.” Abel brought his first lamb, the very best. In fact, the Bible later talks about the difference between these two offerings in the book of Hebrews. Hebrews 11:4 says, “By faith, Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did.” We can offer our very best to God and give glory to Him with our lives. God can use the talents and things we are GOOD at to show how GREAT He is!  We can honor Him with our lives by bringing him the best. 

Have fun this week making the “best” sheep to help you remember to give your very best offerings to the Lord! Glue the cotton balls, legs and googly eyes on the sheep. Feel free to color the sheep and background too. Mrs. Wieneke would love to see your creations! Share your creations with her via email (lwieneke@stmatthewgr.com) and be ready for another surprise in the mail just like the creation detectives received! 🙂

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What’s Crouching at Your Door

By Stephanie Sherman

When I was asked to write the devotion for this week’s reading, I can say that I struggled with it for several days. The story of Cain and Abel is not one that I really relate to. I have a brother whom I adore. I’ve always looked up to him and wanted to be just like him in so many ways. We were lucky that our mom taught us, from the time we were old enough to understand, that jealousy is the ugliest of all the emotions. I think the reason that is true is because jealousy walks hand and hand with greed.

We are jealous because we want more for ourselves. So, in addition to a mom telling us to be wary of jealousy, we had a dad who modeled complete contentment. I don’t think that man is even capable of jealousy or greed. He’s happy with all that God has given him, does not wish for an ounce more, and will be the first one to pull out his wallet. Now, I’m not going to pretend that I’ve never felt jealousy, but because of my parents’ teaching and modeling it’s really not a place Satan can get a foothold with me. 

As I continued to study Genesis 4, I listened for what God wanted to say to me through this text. Here’s what I kept coming back to, “The Lord said to Cain, ‘Why are you angry, and why has your face fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is contrary to you, but you must rule over it.’” (Genesis 4:6-7) 

The gist of the story is that Abel brought God his best as an offering, but Cain did not. Instead of looking at his own heart, motives, actions, Cain chose to be angry at God for not accepting him and his offering. In the verses I referenced above, God is explaining to Cain that he has no reason to be angry. If he brought his best to God, he’d be accepted too! Now God isn’t telling Cain this just so He gets better stuff. God doesn’t need anything from any of us. God wants Cain to understand that it’s a heart issue. Cain can try to blame God or blame Abel, but the issue is with Cain’s own selfish heart.

Sin is crouching at the door of all our hearts, and it wants to eat us up. Sin wants to steal our best life from us. Sin wants us to turn away from God so it can destroy us. God said, “Its desire is contrary to you, but you must rule over it.” We cannot rule over sin on our own. We need Jesus, the son of God, true God and true Man. He came to earth and lived the perfect life that we could not. He bore all our sins on the cross so we can live free and forgiven. God did not sacrifice His son for us to live a life full of anger, faces downcast, thinking only of ourselves. Maybe ask yourself the same questions I asked myself after reading these verses, search your own heart and then take what you find to Jesus. 

What sin is crouching at the door of my heart? Who am I blaming instead of taking my sins to the cross of Jesus and asking Him to help me through? 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank you for loving me so much that you sacrificed your son so I would never have to live outside your presence! I pray you help me search my own heart and reveal any areas I need to give to you for help and forgiveness. Guard my heart and mind from all things that are contrary to you and your will. In Jesus’ precious name I pray. Amen!

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