Every week you’ll find different types of posts here on the ABS blog. Today’s post is for teachers, to encourage conversation and reflection in your Bible study group. Each “Let’s Talk About” activity can be used at any time during your meeting and lasts approximately 10-15 minutes.
Today, let's talk about...
AN ANGRY HEART
Some time later, Cain presented an offering to the Lord from the land’s crops while Abel presented his flock’s oldest offspring with their fat. The Lord looked favorably on Abel and his sacrifice but didn’t look favorably on Cain and his sacrifice. Cain became very angry and looked resentful. The Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why do you look so resentful? If you do the right thing, won’t you be accepted? But if you don’t do the right thing, sin will be waiting at the door ready to strike! It will entice you, but you must rule over it.” Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go out to the field.” When they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.
We do not know why God honored Abel’s offering and not Cain’s offering. We might assume it had something to do with the condition of their hearts due to Cain’s reaction. He was filled with anger, resentment, and jealousy. God warned Cain that if he did not do the right thing, sin would overtake him. God told Cain that he must rule over sin, rather than allowing sin to rule over him. However, Cain did not heed God’s warning and murdered his brother Abel.
Questions to Discuss:
How are jealousy and anger related?
What are some ways that we can rule over sin?
Have you ever had to overcome jealousy of a loved one? Explain.