In tonight’s UPLIFT service we will revisit the perilous one-way sibling rivalry between Cain and Abel – as recorded in Genesis chapter four. This is a story so well known that many people who never read the Bible know that Cain killed his brother Abel. It has even entered our language as a synonym for troublemaking—Raising Cain.
In tonight’s Scripture passage we will encounter many firsts: the first birth, the first brothers, the first shepherd, the first farmer, the first offerings, the first worship service, the first murder, the first cover-up and the first tattoo. It’s a fascinating tale with powerful applications for you and me because I’ve been Abel and I’ve been Cain. I hope to see you in our UPLIFT service tonight at 7:00.
There was once an old Rabbi who often asked his students how they would know when nighttime had ended and a new day had begun. One student answered that it took place when you were able to see an animal in the distance and tell whether it was a sheep or a dog. Another said that it was when you could tell the difference between a fig or peach tree from a distance. The wise old Rabbi shook his head signifying that both answers were wrong.
The students then asked the Rabbi, “Well, how can you tell when night has ended and a new day begins?” His answer was one that all of us need to ponder. He said, “When you can look in the face of another person and see that he is your brother or she is your sister, then a new day has come. If you cannot do this, then it is still night.”
For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another. Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother…Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer… This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. (1 John 3)