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Read Genesis 4:1-16.
The story of Cain and Abel is the first killing of a human being recorded in the Bible. The lesson of the story is that God determines what is acceptable worship–not man.

1. What does Genesis 4:2 tell us about Abel’s occupation? Cain’s?

2. What does verse 5 tell us about Cain’s offering?

3. What is Cain’s reaction to his offering not being accepted?

4. What does God say to Cain?

5. God shows His great mercy in dealing with Cain. What is the evidence of God’s mercy toward Cain?

6. Read Hebrews 11:4. What additional information do you learn about Abel’s sacrifice?

7. Read Hebrews 12:24. What do you learn of the sacrifice of Abel from this verse?

Cain-Able

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There is a reason Genesis is called the book of beginnings.  We are now in the 4th chapter of Genesis and still finding firsts.

verse 1 – First record of intercourse (“Adam knew Eve”)

verse 1 – First record of conception

verse 3 – First record of an offering to the LORD

verse 4 – First record of God respecting an offering

verse 5 – First record of God not respecting an offering (first time we find “unacceptable” worship)

verse 8 – First recorded murder/fratricide

verse 16 – First time someone is described as going “out from the presence of the LORD.”

verse 17 – First record of a city being built

verse 19 – First recorded incidence of bigamy

verse 21 – First record of music/musical instruments

verse 21 – First record of craftsmen working in bronze and iron.

verse 26 – First record of men calling on the name of the LORD.

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