Killing my Brother - Genesis 4 - Praying Through the Bible

Updated: Nov 23, 2019



Gen 4:3 In the course of time Cain brought to the LORD an offering of the fruit of the ground,

Gen 4:4 and Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat portions. And the LORD had regard for Abel and his offering,

Gen 4:5 but for Cain and his offering he had no regard. So Cain was very angry, and his face fell.

Gen 4:6 The LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why has your face fallen?

Gen 4:7 If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is contrary to you, but you must rule over it.”

Gen 4:8 Cain spoke to Abel his brother. And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel and killed him.


1Jn 3:12 We should not be like Cain, who was of the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own deeds were evil and his brother's righteous.



Father,


- It seems that Cain killed his brother because of jealousy and selfishness

- Because You were pleased with Abel but displeased with him for disobedience

- So he destroyed what You had made in Your image and for Your glory


- You sent Nathan to David to show the world the outrage of a man destroying what another loved

- Cain destroyed what You loved

- Killed a faithful son who brought You pleasure


- Help me not to do the same

- No, I’ve never killed another human being... but reveal to me what I have killed.


- Don’t let me kill the zeal of the people who are trying to serve You when I’m disappointed with my own Christian walk.

- Don’t let me kill the enthusiasm of those energetic to undertake some task for Your glory with toxic pessimism.

- Don‘t let me destroy what You love because of jealousy and selfishness.


- When I fail You, rather than looking for another brother/sister to tear down, train my heart to look introspectively.

- To mortify what displeases you and make the corrections to do better next time.

- If anything needs to be killed, it is the jealousy and selfishness that threaten to tear down the people and things that You love.


Through my unselfish Savior,