Jesse Tree – December 3

December 3rd


Cain and Abel

(for our Sculpey ornaments we made a simple happy and sad face stuck together)

Scripture Reading:

Genesis 4:1-15

Main Ideas:

My Way v. God’s Way:  Cain and Abel never experienced the freedom in relationship with God that Adam and Eve had before sin entered the picture.  After the Fall, God required a blood sacrifice as the way to fellowship with Him.  Although Cain may have had “good intentions” with his sacrifice of crops, he simply wasn’t free to choose his own way to God.  Our own good works are never sufficient to please God.

Discussion Questions (these questions were taken from The Story of God and Man*):

  1. What attributes and character of God did you see in today’s narration? (When we see how God talked with Cain and gave him an opportunity to repent after he killed his brother, we see that God communicates with man, and is merciful.  God already knew what Cain had done to his brother. God knows everything.)
  2. Why are we all sinners, just like Cain and Abel? (We are all sinners because Adam is our father, and the father of everyone, and we have all inherited our sin nature from him.)
  3. Abel offered an animal sacrifice but Cain brought the fruit of his garden. Can mankind choose how they are going to come to God? (No. God is the ruler of all. We can’t choose our own way of coming to Him. We can only come to Him by the way He chooses.)

For more information on the tradition of using a Jesse Tree for Advent, please visit this Squidoo page!

For yesterday’s reading, click here.

To proceed to December 4rd, click here.

Resources used for this study:

Christianity is Jewish

* The Story of God and Man a booklet that goes through “narrations” of scripture, starting at the beginning, and brings you through a biblical worldview while building up the story of our Savior.  Email me at for details about getting a copy.

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