Tuesday, September 25, 2012

"Inheriting the Fall" Youth Bible Lesson on Cain and Abel


Lesson 8: Inheriting the Fall

 

Bible Study: Read Genesis 4:1-2.

 

When did Adam and Eve start having kids? Was it before they sinned or after? After they sinned.

Read Genesis 4:3-5.

 

Why do you think that Cain and Abel brought offerings to God? What were these offerings supposed to do? What is the purpose of making an offering elsewhere in the Bible? Offerings are either given in order to give thanks to God or to ask God’s forgiveness for some sin that a person has committed.

Why do you think that God did not accept Cain’s offering? It could be that Cain did not have the right attitude in giving his offering. It could be that when Cain gave his offering, he really didn’t mean it. The main issue, though, seems to be that Abel brought his best, whereas Cain only brought some.

 

God wants our best too. How do you think we can give God our best? We can give God our best by setting aside time for Him every day. God wants us to spend time with Him and He doesn’t want our leftovers. He doesn’t want it to be a last minute or maybe-I’ll-get-to-it-when-I-have-time kind of thing. He wants you to plan to give Him some time out of your day.

 

Read Romans 12:1.  

 

When God says, He wants our best, He means that He wants us. He wants us to offer ourselves to Him. We are the offering. We give ourselves to God, promising to live for Him. We die to ourselves. Just like a sacrifice dies, we stop living for ourselves, and we start living for God.

 

By not doing what was right, Cain was sinning.

 

But how did Cain come to have sin in his life? He didn’t eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Remember we said that he wasn’t even born until after God had banished Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden.

 

There are only two solutions to how Cain became sinful. One is that God created him to be a sinful person. This means that God created Cain’s soul to be a sinful soul and put it in Cain’s body. Does this sound like something that God would do? No.

 

We know that God does not make anything bad. He makes things good and they become bad through their own choices and actions. The second theory is that it was a natural consequence of Adam and Eve’s sin. When Adam and Eve sinned, they became sinful. When two humans have a child, that child is human. So if two sinful humans have a child, that child is sinful. This means that not only our bodies, but also our souls are passed down to us through biological reproduction.

 

Read Psalm 51:5.

 

This is how all of us inherit the sinful nature. We receive it from our parents, just like we receive our DNA from them. Since everyone is a physical descendant of Adam and Eve, all of us have inherited their sin.

But Jesus was not sinful. He was not born with the sinful nature.

 

Read Hebrews 4:14-15.

 

What made Jesus different? Why wasn’t He born with the sinful nature?

Read Luke 1:26-35.  

So what was different about Jesus? He didn’t have a human father. God was Jesus’ father.

 

Jesus was the only person to have ever been born without having a human father. He is also the only person to have never had a sinful nature.

 

So it seems that we inherit our sinful nature from our fathers. And since Jesus did not have a human father, He did not inherit the sinful nature.

 

Read Genesis 4:6-7.

 

What is God doing for Cain? He’s warning him not to do what he is about to do.

 

Do you think God ever warns us when we’re thinking about doing something that we shouldn’t? Of course He does. He warns us through our conscience. 

 

Read Genesis 4:8-12.

 

What does Cain do when God asked him what happened? He lied.

 

Did God believe Cain’s lie? No. God knew what happened. God knows everything.

 

Do you think Cain’s punishment might have been less if he had not lied to God about it? That’s a possibility. It’s always better to confess and tell the truth than to lie about it and keep on sinning.

 

Read Genesis 4:13-16.

 

Even though God punishes Cain, God still has mercy on him by making it so that no one will kill him.

 

Read Genesis 4:17.

 

Who was Cain’s wife? Adam and Eve were the only people having children at this point so where did Cain’s wife come from? It was his sister. It wasn’t until the time of Moses that God forbade marrying your relatives. Up until then, your relatives were the only people you could marry. Cain had to marry someone.

 

Read Genesis 4:18-26.


 

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Lesson 8: Inheriting the Fall

 

Bible Study: Read Genesis 4:1-2.

 

 

When did Adam and Eve start having kids? Was it before they sinned or after?

 

 

Read Genesis 4:3-5.

 

 

Why do you think that Cain and Abel brought offerings to God? What were these offerings supposed to do? What is the purpose of making an offering elsewhere in the Bible?

 

Why do you think that God did not accept Cain’s offering?

 

 

God wants our _____________ too. How do you think we can give God our ____________?

 

 

Read Romans 12:1.

 

 

When God says, He wants our best, He means that He wants ________. He wants us to offer ourselves to Him. We are the offering. We give ourselves to God, promising to live for Him. We die to ourselves. Just like a sacrifice dies, we stop living for ourselves, and we start living for God.

 

 

How did Cain come to have sin in his life? He didn’t eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Remember we said that he wasn’t even born until after God had banished Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden.

 

 

Solution 1 –

 

 

Solution 2 –

 

Read Psalm 51:5.

 

 

This is how all of us inherit the sinful nature. We receive it from our parents, just like we receive our DNA from them. Since everyone is a physical descendant of Adam and Eve, all of us have inherited their sin.

 

 

But Jesus was not sinful. He was not born with the sinful nature.

 

 

Read Hebrews 4:14-15.

 

 

What made Jesus different? Why wasn’t He born with the sinful nature?

 

Read Luke 1:26-35. 

 

So what was different about Jesus?

 

 

Jesus was the only person to have ever been born without having a human _______________. He is also the only person to have never had a sinful nature.

 

 

So it seems that we inherit our sinful nature from our biological fathers. And since Jesus did not have a human father, He did not inherit the sinful nature.

 

 

Read Genesis 4:6-7.

 

 

What is God doing for Cain?

 

 

Do you think God ever warns us when we’re thinking about doing something that we shouldn’t?

 

 

Read Genesis 4:8-12.

What did Cain do when God asked him what happened?

 

 

Did God believe Cain’s lie?

 

 

Do you think Cain’s punishment might have been less if he had not lied to God about it?

 

 

Read Genesis 4:13-16.

 

 

Even though God punishes Cain, God still has _______________ on him by making it so that no one will kill him.

 

 

Read Genesis 4:17.

 

 

Who was Cain’s wife?

 

 

Read Genesis 4:18-26.

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