Adam and Eve had a son named Cain, and later, they had a son named Abel. Cain was a farmer and Abel was a shepherd. From their work, both Cain and Abel made an offering to God. Cain brought some of his food, and Abel brought his best sheep. God accepted Abel’s offering, but He rejected Cain’s offering. Cain was felt angry and hurt. God asked Cain why he felt angry. God expressed that He would accept Cain’s offering if he did well. Then, God warned Cain that if he did not do well he would open the door for sin to enter because sin wanted to have rule over his life.
Later, Cain spoke to his brother Abel. When they were in the field, Cain’s anger took over, and he killed his brother Abel. Abel’s blood spilled on the ground and cried out. God asked Cain, “Where is your brother?” God heard the blood crying. Cain pretended as if he did not know Abel’s whereabouts and asked, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” God asked Cain, “What have you done?”
Knowing what Cain had done, God gave him a punishment. Because Abel’s blood spilled on the ground, no longer would Cain have the ability to grow food, and he would wander Earth as a fugitive for as long as he lived. When God told Cain his punishment, he was distraught. He felt the punishment was more than he could bear. In addition, he feared that he would be hunted and killed. God placed a mark on Cain to warn people from seeking vengeance against him. For if anyone did, they would receive a punishment seven times worse. Cain left God’s presence and settled in the land of Nod, East of Eden.
Source: Genesis 4:1-16
- Why did Cain feel angry and hurt? Was he justified? Why or why not?
- When God accepted Abel’s offering but not Cain’s offering, do you think he viewed it as a rejection of him as a person or a rejection of the offering?
- Why do you think some people feel rejected when people don’t accept what they offer? Should we distinguish between what type of rejection we have received before forming a feeling, and how can we do that?
- What could Cain have done differently in response to his feelings of anger?
- Cain had no problem killing his brother, but when God issued his punishment, he couldn’t handle it. Why do we as people have no problem doing something wrong but can’t handle the punishment?
- When we allow anger to take over, killing physically is not the only way that we can hurt someone? What are some other ways we can hurt people when we let the anger rule? Give an example.
- Sometimes, when people see how well we are doing and they are not happy with what they have done, they will try to kill what you do with negative words or actions or plot against you. Should you stop giving your best? Why or why not?
- What are some tips to help people deal with their anger properly?
What does the Bible say about anger?
- Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil. Psalm 37:8 ESV
- For the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. James 1:20 ESV
- Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger. Ephesians 4:26 ESV
- For jealousy makes a man furious, and he will not spare when he takes revenge. Proverbs 6:34 ESV
- A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls. Proverbs 25:28 ESV
- Make no friendship with a man given to anger, nor go with a wrathful man. Proverbs 22:24 ESV
- A man of violence entices his neighbor and leads him in a way that is not good. Proverbs 16:29 ESV
- Anger will only have control over you if you allow it to have control. You decide what has control over you.
- Feelings of anger pass, but the consequences of your angry actions can last.
- If you feel angry, talk to God. He will listen and provide you with direction.
Father God, the enemy seeks to devour us by using our emotions against us. We ask that you protect us from his tricks and that you clearly show us the path of righteousness. We ask this in Jesus’s name. Amen.
Revisit a time that you acted out in anger. What could you have done differently?
After reviewing this lesson, what do you think God wants you to know and how can you apply it to your life?
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