Teaching Kids Key Life Learnings from 100 Biblical Characters: No. 3 – Cain

What practical key life learnings can we glean from the life of Cain?

Context (Genesis 4):  Cain was the first son of Adam and Eve and the first child born on this earth.  He had a brother named Abel.  Abel was a shepherd and Cain was a farmer.

Both brothers brought offerings to the Lord, Abel brought a lamb and Cain some food.  God accepted Abel’s sacrifice and rejected Cain’s; probably because Abel had a better attitude about giving to the Lord.

Rather than reconciling his relationship with God and his brother, Cain remained angry with God and went out and killed Abel.

Key Life Learnings:

  • God cares more about our attitude than going through the motions of pleasing Him.    Many people think that going to church or reading our bibles are all that God cares about.  He cares a lot more about our hearts and why we do the things that we do.
  • If we let our anger burn, we will eventually go out and do something to hurt ourselves or others.  Anger left unresolved with eventually bubble over and destroy relationships.  God wants us to bring that anger to Him and let His love melt it away.

If you like what you read, check out our children’s book, Hooked on the Book, on this website.  It is great for parents because it provides the Big Story of God’s miraculous plan for His children in all 66 books in the Bible including colorful illustrations, rhymes and a surprise on every page.  


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Liz Hagler is the illustrator and co-author of Hooked On The Book. Liz loves to draw silly drawings, write crazy poems, walk her dog down the block, talk to her kids on Skype, and eat taco salad.
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