Summary of Genesis 4:8-12:
Cain lures Abel out to the fields and murders him. God knows what happened and questions Cain, who claims he has no idea where Abel is. God curses Cain to be a restless wanderer on the earth and that no food will grow for him.
BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 4, Day 3: Genesis 4:8-12
7) Cain lures Abel out to the fields.
8 ) Again, God gives humanity (in this case, Cain) a chance to confess their sins and accept responsibility for what they have done. Cain basically spits in God’s face with his denial.
9a) Because then we would have to admit that we are wrong, and for some reason, that’s exceedingly difficult to do.
b) Personal Question. My answer: A big impact. Definitely less ill will towards others and smoother relationships all around.
10) God always provides us a way out (1 Corinthians 10:13). Sin is a choice. Oftentimes, God will “speak” to us (like our conscious) in an effort to get us to not sin. Still, it’s a choice to choose God or choose sin.
Conclusions BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 4, Day 3: Genesis 4:8-12
It amazes me how people lie outright to God even though God knows the answer. You can almost feel how sin has consumed Cain since he has no remorse for what he has done. Here’s where the saying, “I’m not my brother’s keeper” comes from.
End Notes BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 4, Day 3: Genesis 4:8-12
Cain Murders Abel
This was premediated murder, even worse that murder. Still Cain could have changed his mind. It was too late; evil and sin had consumed his heart.
Biblical First: Murder. Cain knew how to kill animals. And it seems man inherently knows how to kill others.
So ends Eve’s hope of Cain as the redeemer.
Cain was supposed to be his brother’s keeper. After all, he was the oldest son; he was supposed to look after his brother.
Cain killed out of jealousy alone, which shows just how poweful it truly is.
Jude 11 warns us of the way of Cain, or unbelief and empty religion that leads to sins such as persecution, murder, and revenge.
People will have a form of godliness but deny its power (2 Timothy 3:5).
God’s Punishment of Cain
We see blood crying out to God from the ground in Numbers 35:29-34 where the blood of unpunished murderers defiles the land.
The blood of Abel spoke; the blood of Jesus speaks, of grace and redemption as sin is judged (Hebrews 12:24).
Cain’s curse was worse than Adam’s. If farming was hard for Adam (Genesis 3:17-18), it would be impossible for Cain. Adam was merely driven from Eden (Genesis 3:24); Cain would find no resting place on earth (a fugitive and a vagabond you shall be on the earth is other Bible translations).
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