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Genesis 4:1-16

We’re going to take a short break from the Proverbs sermon series. In 2012, I preached a mini-sermon series entitled, “When God Asks Questions.” Beginning this Lord’s Day, I’m going to preach a new mini-sermon series that reverses the direction of inquiry. The series is entitled, “When People Ask God Questions.”

During this series, I’ll be focusing on questions such as the one Abraham asked God when he learned about the impending destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, which is where Lot and his family were living.

“Far be it from you to do such a thing, to put the righteous to death with the wicked, so that the righteous fare as the wicked! Far be that from you! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do what is just?” (Gen 18:25)

Or the question Moses asked when God commissioned him to deliver the Israelites from Egypt.

But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” (Ex 3:11)

On May 1, which is the Sunday before Ascension Day, I’ll preach on the question the disciples asked Jesus just moments before He ascended into heaven.

So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” (Acts 1:6)

The first question I’ll be addressing in this new mini-sermon series is the question Cain asked God, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” Please read Genesis 4:1-16 in preparation for the sermon this Sunday. Here are some questions to assist you.

1. What did Cain intend to communicate by asking God the question, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” In what way was Cain spurning the grace of God?

2. What is your responsibility to be a “keeper” to your brother? (Phil 2:4)

3. Does it seem foolish for Cain to have attempted to lie to God? In what ways do sinners today attempt to lie to God?

4. How did God respond to Cain’s question?

5. Why didn’t God punish Cain by killing him? (Gen 9:6)