Welcome back! Today’s lesson is from Genesis 4. (Last year’s lesson and craft can be found HERE).
Adam and Eve had two sons. Cain worked in the field. He grew vegetables. It was hard work. Abel looked after the sheep. He was a shepherd. As the boys grew, they each decided to give God an offering (like a present). Cain picked some of the food he’d grown and brought it to God. But Abel brought his BEST sheep…the best he had and brought that to God. God was very happy with Abel’s gift. But He was not so happy with Cain’s gift. This made Cain mad. He was jealous that God liked Abel’s present better. So he got a very bad idea. He tricked Abel and took him far into the field and he killed him.
Then God came and asked Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?”
“How should I know?!” answered Cain. “Am I my brother’s keeper? Am I in charge of him?”
But God knew exactly what Cain had done. We know when we disobey God that there will be consequences. We can not lie to God. He always knows what really happened–don’t try to trick God. And God told Cain, “Now you have bad consequences. You did not bring Me your best, you killed your brother AND you tried to lie about it. From now on, you will just wander around…and you will try to work and grow more food, but you will not be able to grow any.”
This made Cain very sad, but God promised even though he would no longer be able to grow food, that He would protect him and no one would hurt him. Even though God gave Cain a consequence, He still loved him and took care for him.
In this story we learn it’s important to give God our best. Abel WANTED to give God the best sheep he had. You probably don’t have any sheep to give God, right? But you can give God your time by praying and reading your Bible. You can use your talents (like singing, drawing, playing sports or music) to be loving to others, to praise Him and teach other people about Him. You can give God your money–to help your church or to help someone in need. These are just some of the ways we can give God our best. We don’t just give Him our leftovers…maybe a couple minutes here or there. Or just worship God on Sunday–we want to put God first ALWAYS.
We didn’t do a craft today, but we did find two videos:
Thanks for joining us! Love to you all!