This past weekend at Eastbrook, we began a new preaching series entitled “Fractured,” drawn from Genesis 4-11. This is the second part of a two-part series on Genesis 1-11 that will stretch from January through Lent up to Easter. You can access the first part of this series on Genesis, “In the Beginning,” here. This first week of the series I preached from Genesis 4:1-16, walking through the story of Cain and Abel.
You can find the message outline and video below. You can access the entire series here. Join us for weekend worship in-person or remotely via Eastbrook at Home.
“Now Cain said to his brother Abel, ‘Let’s go out to the field.’ While they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.” (Genesis 4:8)
The Turn Toward the Next Generation (4:1-2)
Cain: the firstborn, who works the soil, like Adam
Abel: the second-born, who keeps flocks
The Brothers’ Offerings and Conflict (4:3-7)
Two different offerings and two different responses from God
The silence of Abel
Cain’s response of anger and depression
The warning of God
The Double Wrong of Cain (4:8-14)
Cain intentionally murders his brother
Cain pleads ignorance and non-responsibility
God’s punishment upon Cain
God’s Grace Amidst Punishment (4:15-16)
Grace in hearing Cain’s complaint (4:13-14)
Grace in the promise of protection (4:15)
Grace in the mark of Cain (4:15)
This week dig deeper in one or more of the following ways:
- Memorize Genesis 4:7
- Draw, ink, or paint the story of Cain and Abel from Genesis 4:1-16. As you do that, let God sift through your own heart in relation to sin, temptation, anger, and jealousy. What is God drawing to the surface as. When you finish, consider sharing your prayer reflections and/or artistry with a friend.
- Read one of the following:
- Tremper Longman, How to Read Genesis