NASHVILLE (BP) — This weekly Bible study appears in Baptist Press in a partnership with Lifeway Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Through its Leadership and Adult Publishing team, Lifeway publishes Sunday School curricula and additional resources for all age groups.
This week’s Bible study is adapted from The Gospel Project curriculum.
Bible Passage: Genesis 4
- What do you see in these verses that shows the effects of sin in the world?
- How have you seen God prove Himself faithful even through seemingly impossible circumstances?
- How are you experiencing God’s grace over you today?
Food for Thought:
Read Genesis 4. Some of the best Internet videos are those of gender reveals gone wrong. Those poor parents just wanting to reveal the gender of their baby become viral sensations as the over-the-top production slides off the rails. It’s hard to fault them, really. Becoming a parent is a joyous occasion, and who doesn’t need more reasons to celebrate in life?
Eve certainly found reason to celebrate upon the birth of her son, a joyful occasion she recognized had occurred with the Lord’s gracious help (Genesis 4:1). In a fallen world, away from the presence of God and banished from the garden, perhaps Eve thought this day would never come. Maybe she imagined a lonely existence. Adam remained by her side, but that relationship paled in comparison to what they once were together. Sin separated them from God but also from one another. Once naked and unashamed, now skins hid the parts of them they didn’t want each other to see.
But out of the sorrows of death came new life in Cain. Just as God had commanded, they were being fruitful and multiplying. Things were different yes, but God was bringing fresh life into the world.
Cain wasn’t as “good” as his parents were originally. He was born in sin and born under sin. His life eventually proved it. But before there was the first physical death, there was the first physical birth. Eve was doing one of the things God made her to do. She was the mother of all the living.
God’s grace is evident in such things. Our sin separates us from Him, but that doesn’t mean He’s removed entirely. God still cares. He created His people for a purpose, and He will see to it that it is accomplished.Eve had a baby with the Lord’s help, fulfilling her mission to fill the earth.
God was gracious to her and He’ll be gracious to you too. When He is, it’s a reason to celebrate.
The Gospel Project
The Gospel Project is a chronological, Christ-centered study for kids, students and adults. The Bible is not a collection of stories. It is one story of God’s plan to rescue His people from sin and death. It is the story of redemption, the gospel message of Jesus Christ. More information can be found at Lifeway.com/gospelproject.