Scripture Verses

Genesis 2:16-17; 3:15, 20-21; 4:1-16; Isaiah 7:14; 9:6; 53:3-5; Matthew 1:18, 1 Corinthians 15:21-22

Worship Playlist

All Creatures of Our God and King by Sovereign Grace Music

Resurrecting by Elevation Worship

Good Grace by Hillsong

Study Questions

  1. Read Genesis 2:16-17 and Genesis 4:7. Why do we find it so difficult to master sin? How does sin affect us? Why does cruelty of man seem to escalate exponentially?
  2. Read Genesis 3:15. What is God’s promise concerning Eve’s offspring? How does Genesis, and the Old Testament as a whole, begin to trace God’s promise through Adam and Eve’s offspring all the way to Jesus Christ?
  3. Read Genesis 4. What hopes might Eve had concerning her son Cain? Her son Abel? And finally, her son Seth?
  4. Read 2 Samuel 24:24. What do you think of David’s vow? How did you see that play out in Cain and Abel’s story? How do your thoughts about sacrifice measure up to that of David or Abel? How does the spirit of Cain creep into our attitude about sacrifice? Are we more like Cain or Abel?
  5. Read Romans 8:32. How does God’s ultimate sacrifice of Jesus eclipse that of men of like Abel, Abraham, or David?
  6. Read 1 Peter 3:18. Does it seem “just” that an unrighteous son should live, but a righteous son die? How does this foreshadow the manner and price God with which God would pay for sin?
  7. Praise God! It’s amazing to consider how deeply Gospel themes are woven into Genesis and the Old Testament!   

Madness of Cruelty

Dr. Jon Morrissette - 10/3/2021