Genesis 4:3-5, 8, 23-26

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Spend time in prayer + silence with God asking him to meet you + speak to you.

Bible Reading

In the course of time Cain brought to the Lord an offering of the fruit of the ground, and Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat portions.

And the Lord had regard for Abel and his offering, but for Cain and his offering he had no regard. So Cain was very angry, and his face fell.

Cain spoke to Abel his brother. And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel and killed him.

Lamech said to his wives:

“Adah and Zillah, hear my voice;

you wives of Lamech, listen to what I say:

I have killed a man for wounding me,

a young man for striking me.

If Cain's revenge is sevenfold,

then Lamech's is seventy-sevenfold.”

And Adam knew his wife again, and she bore a son and called his name Seth, for she said, “God has appointed for me another offspring instead of Abel, for Cain killed him.”

To Seth also a son was born, and he called his name Enosh.

At that time people began to call upon the name of the Lord.

(Genesis 4:3-5, 8, 23-26 ESV)


Cain and Abel provide a dramatic picture of broken relationships and contrasting lives. They illustrate both the blessings of faithful worship and the danger of self-willed worship. Their lives stand as an encouragement and a warning to us thousands of years later.

Unfortunately, when humans are left to themselves without God in their lives, people’s morals tend to get worse instead of better.

This short story of Adam’s family presents the continuous development of sin as time passes. As time goes on, violence escalates, first with a murder and then a second murder.

We see two groups of people beginning to appear:

(1) Those who seem indifferent to sin and evil

(2) Those who call on the name of the Lord (the descendents of Seth 4:26).

Seth was now taking Abel’s place as a leader of a family line of God’s faithful people and Cain’s family line is becoming the line of people indifferent to God.

The Big Question

Are you spending time with God on a daily basis in order to remain faithful to his purposes for your life and to become more like Christ?

Conclude in prayer and silence reflecting on what you’ve learned.