Cain and Abel is such an interesting story, and it has one of the most misquoted verses in the story. It’s a little bit weird to make a Cain and Abel take home bag, but at the same time I also think it’s helpful for kids to talk through this story. That way when you’re kids are teens you can say, “Don’t go all Cain and Abel on each other” and they’ll laugh at your reference. All in all, adding this to your Bible lessons is a great addition to the Fall of Man Unit.
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Supplies for Cain and Abel take home bag
Bible finger puppets, plastic animals (sheep), pom poms, miniature fruit, bandana for playmat (I colored a plain handkerchief), Don’t Lose Your Temper game, mini-book (or you could include the one-page storybook from the Fall of Man Unit)
A frequently misquoted verse
“Am I my brother’s keeper?”
Cain asked God that question when God asked where Abel was.
We talk about the verse in common culture as if it’s a good thing. Are you watching out for your brother? Are you helping him?
But in the context of the Bible story, God is asking where Abel is, knowing full that Cain has just murdered him.
Cain responds, “Am I my brother’s keeper?”
Is it my job to keep track of my brother?
We see all sorts of verses telling us about loving one another and helping others (Acts 2:45).
There are also verses saying not to enable people who are not working (2 Thessalonians 2:10).
There is no simple answer. I’m curious about your answer. How much are you your brother’s keeper?
Back to the Cain and Abel take-home bag
I love playing with Bible stories. It’s great to sit down with a kid as you give them the tools to act out the story and talk with them about what they learned.
In the Fall of Man Unit, I’ve included a checklist for what’s included in the Cain and Abel take-home bag, so if you’re sending it home from your church families can make sure they didn’t leave anything out when they bring it back.
More great Bible content
- Joseph in Jail
- Church History Resources
- Books of the Bible cards
- What happened to the 12 apostles
- Noah’s ark envelope craft