GENESIS: Believe & Follow. 3/18/2018

GENESIS: Believe & Follow. 3/18/2018

The Story of Abel

Genesis 4:1-2  Now Adam had sexual relations with his wife, Eve, and she became pregnant. When she gave birth to Cain, she said, “With the Lord’s help, I have produced[b] a man!” Later she gave birth to his brother and named him Abel.  When they grew up, Abel became a shepherd, while Cain cultivated the ground. 


A bloodless offering

Genesis 4:3-7   When it was time for the harvest, Cain presented some of his crops as a gift to the Lord. Abel also brought a gift—the best portions of the firstborn lambs from his flock. The Lord accepted Abel and his gift, but he did not accept Cain and his gift. This made Cain very angry, and he looked dejected.


“Why are you so angry?” the Lord asked Cain. “Why do you look so dejected? You will be accepted if you do what is right. But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master.”


Proverbs 14:12   There is a path before each person that seems right,  but it ends in death.


Hebrews 9:22  In fact, according to the law of Moses, nearly everything was purified with blood. For without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness.


Abel offers a lamb sacrifice

Genesis 4:4  Abel also brought a gift—the best portions of the firstborn lambs from his flock. The Lord accepted Abel and his gift


 Cain kills Abel

Genesis 4:8  One day Cain suggested to his brother, “Let’s go out into the fields.” And while they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother, Abel, and killed him.


 Cain is driven from the blessings of God

Genesis 4:10-12   But the Lord said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground! 11 Now you are cursed and banished from the ground, which has swallowed your brother’s blood. 12 No longer will the ground yield good crops for you, no matter how hard you work! From now on you will be a homeless wanderer on the earth.”


The birth of Seth

Genesis 4:25-26  Adam had sexual relations with his wife again, and she gave birth to another son. She named him Seth, for she said, “God has granted me another son in place of Abel, whom Cain killed.” When Seth grew up, he had a son and named him Enosh. At that time people first began to worship the Lord by name.


 The Ministry of Enoch

  •  Walked with God

Genesis 5:23 – 24   Enoch lived 365 years, walking in close fellowship with God. Then one day he disappeared, because God took him.

  •  First recorded preacher

Jude 14-15   Enoch, who lived in the seventh generation after Adam, prophesied about these people. He said, “Listen! The Lord is coming with countless thousands of his holy ones to execute judgment on the people of the world. He will convict every person of all the ungodly things they have done and for all the insults that ungodly sinners have spoken against him.”

 (2 Peter 3:9; 1 Timothy 2:4)

  • Man of great faith

Hebrews 11:5  It was by faith that Enoch was taken up to heaven without dying—“he disappeared, because God took him.” For before he was taken up, he was known as a person who pleased God.

 (1 Corinthians 15:51-52; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)


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