Sin spread to all people, but God is still at work to restore what has been broken.
This week, FaithKids dove into the story of Cain and Abel. Both Cain and Abel gave offerings to God, but only Abel’s offering pleased God. Cain grew very angry and jealous, and God warned Cain to control his sin and not let his sin control him. See, anger can easily turn into sin, and that’s exactly what happened to Cain. Cain did not listen to God’s warning. Instead, he allowed his anger and jealousy to take over his heart and ended up killing his very own brother, Abel.
FaithKids played a game called “Last Person Standing” and discussed the following questions:
- How did you feel when you were the last person standing? Why did you feel good?
- Does anyone want to share how they felt when they had to sit down? Why did that not make you feel good?
- Did anyone feel jealous for the last person standing? Have you felt jealous before, and if so, can you share about that?
FaithKids discussed that just like how we have many emotions in our everyday life (and even in games we play like “Last Person Standing”), there may be times when we feel jealous, angry, filled with hate… but it’s really important that when we have these thoughts, we need to give them to God and pray to Him so that these thoughts don’t fill our hearts and control our actions (like Cain killing his younger brother). FaithKids were encouraged to remember what Jesus did in dying on the cross for our sins and resurrecting so that we can be alive with Him and dwell with Him forever.
FaithKids read 2 Corinthians 5:17 together:
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
God punished Cain for his sin. Although we tend to think of punishment as a bad thing, FaithKids learned that God must punish sin because God is holy and righteous. Punishment must happen so that we can separate good from evil, right from wrong. Can you imagine what would happen if good and evil were never separated? That seems impossible….because it is impossible! How can good and evil possibly mix together? It simply cannot. Yet even in his punishment, God showed extraordinary love and mercy to Cain. God put a mark on Cain so that he would be protected.
FaithKids were then invited to draw a cross with a heart around it on their arms/hands so that the mark would serve as a reminder to them that as children of God, our identity (who we are) is not dependent upon what we do, but instead upon what Christ has done to save us through His life, death, and resurrection. Rather than living in comparison between ourselves and others, FaithKids were encouraged to live in the confidence that we have been made new. In Christ, we are fully loved and accepted.