Discussion Sheet: Abel
Biblical Personality: Abel
Reference(s): Genesis 4:1-18 and 25; 2 Sam 20:18; Matthew 23:35 etc. and Luke 11:51; Hebrews 11:4- 12:24
Additional Supportive Reference: Galatians 5:19-26
19 Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality,
20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions,
21 envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit thekingdom ofGod.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
24 Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.
26 Let us not become boastful, challenging one another, envying one another.
New American Standard Bible
Q. The name Abel is very old and so the exact meaning in Hebrew is difficult to ascertain. It could mean “a breath” or “vanity” or it could also mean “shepherd” or “herdsman.” How does these meanings fit your understanding of Abel form these scriptures?
Q. Why do you think the Lord had favor on Abel and Abel’s offering over Cain’s? What does scripture say? (hint: see Hebrews).
Q. Can God have favor on a person and not their offering? Can God have favor on a person’s offering but not them? Why or why not for both of these questions?
Q. Abel lived for a short time but his life made n impact (a town named after him, Jesus mentions him, and the writer of Hebrews mentions him.) What makes Abel so special?
Q. Compare Abel’s blood and Jesus’ blood. What are the differences?
Q. Cain screwed up- we know that, but why? Look at the verses from Galatians 5 above and compare Cain and Abel using the flesh versus Spirit discussion found there. What have you discovered?
Q. What makes our worship acceptable to God? Do you feel that your worship is abel or Cain worship?
Q. We are asked to worship in Spirit and Truth. Do you?
Q. What if you knew that your worship of God could lead your brother or sister to murder you? Would you still worship?
Q. In what ways to you take the risk to worship like Abel?
Q. How is Galatians 5 speaking to you?