We must not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and killed his brother. And why did he kill him? Because Cain had been doing what was evil, and his brother had been doing what was righteous. 1 John 3:12
Author: John, son of Zebedee, son of Thunder, apostle, and author of the gospel of John.
Audience: Believers — probably more recent
Term/Concept: Evil:righteousness; Cain killed Abel not because of anything he did wrong, but because of his righteousness. Like Abel, Jesus also was killed for his righteousness. When we act like Cain, we nail Jesus to the cross again.
Verbs: Slew (past tense)
Define later: evil one, evil, righteous
C/E: B/c his deeds were evil and his brother’s were righteous, Cain killed Abel. (“of evil one” is descriptive and not the C/E relationship)
Apply: Check your heart — Is there any one or any other believer whom you are not loving? Whom you are not loving because they are doing better than you? Because their actions expose your shortcomings? Love them.
Story of Cain & Abel: “Sacrifice” – that’s not choice and therefore not a sacrifice –> it’s evil. True sacrifice is righteous.
Cain had a chance to repent, but he took his anger out on Abel instead. He rebelled. His conviction was twisted into condemnation that offended his pride and resulted in indignation.
Why is this verse here: To exhort us to love our fellow believers, especially when we’re missing the mark (which we all do). If you don’t love when it’s hard, then you’re not really loving and you’re not in Christ.
Righteous vs. Evil Actions: Lifestyle decisions, choice to pursue vilifying leads to lack of peace, hollow-ness, jealousy, pride, anger, disbelief, and self-focus.
Who have you acted like Cain towards: Laurel, Jim, HLSCF–ers, Justin, Niki at times
When have you suffered like Abel: in the law firm, episodically throughout school