Cain refused to listen to God and then took out his anger on his brother Abel. Now Abel is dead and Cain is still angry at God. This week, we will learn what Jesus had to say about being our brother’s keeper and how our hearts get hardened when we refuse to obey God and do what is right.
This is one of those frustrating Bible stories where we aren’t told nearly as much as we want to know. Cain and Abel both make offerings to God. Abel’s offering is accepted and Cain’s isn’t? Why not? We don’t know. How does Cain know his offering isn’t accepted? We don’t know! Where the heck are Adam and Eve while all this is happening? We don’t know that either! What we do learn is that God is very, very concerned about us when we have gone in the wrong direction.
I know--I skipped archiving an episode but it will go up next week. It occurred to me how stupid it was for me to be archiving the Passover program the day after the Passover just because of when it is airing. So, this is the episode airing throughout this week, but it is going up here first.
Since we were talking about Cain and Abel’s offerings last week, this is the perfect time to discuss this week’s Bible holiday—Passover. What does the Passover teach us about God and what does it tell us about Jesus?
This week we’re going to talk about what kind of Book the Bible is—and specifically Genesis 1-11. The kids will learn about the genre theological history and why it is important to understand before talking about why God started out the Bible with one family instead of many—and what He was teaching us by telling the story that way. We’ll be talking about racism and why it is not compatible with our life in Christ.
One of the most frustrating things about life is free will! We love having it but we hate the mistakes we make because of it. Couldn’t God just force us to do the right thing? And what is exile and what does it mean in the life of Adam, Eve, their kids and all of us today?
Through our studies of Genesis 1-3, we see that sin has come into the world and God has promised to deal with it. The Bible is a book all about the promises God keeps and their fulfillment—and in promising to deal with sin and death—well, that’s where Jesus comes in. So exactly who is Jesus, what did He do, and what is the Gospel of the Kingdom? What is it that we are called to believe in order to be saved?
One of the great unanswered questions of the Bible is “what if Adam and Eve had just admitted what they did and said they were sorry?” Of course, we will never know for sure but the Bible tells us exactly what to do when we sin. We have to get right with God by going to Him and admitting it.
Sin was now in the Garden but so was the Tree of Life. Sometimes God has to take us away from His blessings for our own good when we will misuse them. Also, sometimes the consequences of our sins can be far worse than we ever thought when that temptation seemed so worth it. But some things just can never be undone.