Adam's Two Sons:
After Adam and Eve had to leave the garden of Eden, they had two sons.
Their first son was called Cain and the second was called Abel.
Cain was a farmer and grew wheat and vegetables, while Abel was a
shepherd who looked after the family's sheep and cattle.
Adam had told Cain and Abel that they needed to offer a sacrifice to God
to show that they were sorry whenever they did wrong. A sacrifice
was where you needed to kill a lamb and burn it up in a fire.
We don't do this anymore today, because we have Jesus who died for us.
And if we ask, He will take away and make us clean from all our
sins and wrong things we do.
One day, Abel wanted to make a special sacrifice to God. So he chose
his best lamb to offer to the God. It must have been hard for Abel
to give up his best lamb, but it was important to him to give his best to
God. He laid the lamb on the fire and as it burnt, the smoke went
up into the air toward Heaven. When Abel saw this, he was very glad
because he knew that God was pleased with his offering and had accepted
Cain must have thought his younger brother was foolish to sacrifice his
best lamb. "I'm sure," he boasted, "That God will be happy with
some of my plants that I have grown!" So he laid his vegetables and
wheat on the fire, but to his dismay they just smoldered and never burnt
up, and the smoke just swirled around making his eyes water!
That could mean only one thing! God had rejected his offering while
accepting Abel's. Cain was filled with jealousy and anger!
"Come with me," he said to Abel, "Let's take a walk in the fields."
When they were hidden from the house, Cain hit Abel and knocked him
to the ground and killed him!
God Seeks Abel:
Cain looked around and sighed with relief. No one had seen him and he
was safe! But just then God spoke to him and asked, "Cain, where is
your brother?" Cain shrugged and carelessly answered, "Am I my
God replied, "Cain, what have you done? You will no longer be your
family's farmer and you will be driven away and you will live as a
wanderer." Cain finally realised the horror of what he'd done in
murdering his brother, and for the rest of his life lived in fear.
Cain was very jealous of Abel and his jealousy grew into bad feelings of
anger and hate. These are sins that will also grow in our lives if
we don't ask God's forgiveness when someone hurts us or says something
nasty about us. Anger and hate will grow until they control our
words, feelings and actions.
God sees and hears us all the time. He knows who makes you angry,
or if you are jealous of someone. Stop now! If you are like
this, ask Jesus to forgive you and to take away all your anger and hate!
Remember, God wants us to please Him in all we do and say.