God: Creator King Lesson 4
Lesson 4: How to Come to the King!
Big Idea: Faith is the only way to come to God.
Our world is broken. People go their own way all the time, leading to acts of evil around the globe. The brokenness that entered the world with the sin of Adam and Eve is exemplified in Cain’s murder of his brother. Today’s Evangelistic Narrative Bible lesson covers the story of Cain and Abel. Hebrews 11:4 distinguishes Abel’s offering as being given by faith following the examples set by God when the animals were slain to make coverings for Adam and Eve. Faith counted for righteousness is always faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and His blood sacrifice for sin. Abel’s faith looked forward to that promise while our faith looks back on the promise fulfilled. The emphasize throughout this lesson is coming to God His way— with a heart of faith.
Abel’s faith is shown by the fact that he brought his best lamb. Saved children are reminded that God wants them to love Him with all they are. The good things they do should be rooted in their love for Him. And as they act in love, they are showing their faith.
God’s mercy is also seen throughout this lesson. God was merciful in promising a Savior after Adam and Eve sinned. He was merciful in giving Cain another chance to bring a right offering. And God was even merciful to Cain after his evil act, by placing a mark of protection on him.
Scripture: Genesis 4:1-16
Memory Verse: "For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast." - Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV