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A Software Lesson about Cain, Abel, and Anger

...using Cal and Marty's Scripture Memory Game (now free) to explore and remember the Bible's wisdom about "anger."

Students will read and discuss the story of Cain and Abel in Genesis 4, then they will look at various Bible verses about "anger" (listed below) and work at remembering them using the scripture memory software.

My Comments about Cain and Abel

How many other "done 'em wrong duos" can you name in scripture?

Jacob and Esau
Joseph and his brothers
Saul and David
Ahab/Jezebel and Elijah
Pilate/Judas and Jesus

I'm not a huge fan of teaching the Cain and Abel story in the Rotation Model simply because there are so many other MAJOR stories that scream for attention. And also...Abel's murder by his brother, is a reoccuring theme that can be picked up by many other stories. Joseph might be the best example.

And yet...the story is a good one for "other" teaching venues, such as, Wednesday night. And it is important, especially in this day when 'bullying' is problem we are all becoming more aware of.

Cain and Abel attempts to explain the universal mystery of "why do people want to kill each other?" It also addresses the central formative and most complex dynamic in most people's lives: their families. For teaching Cain and Abel to kids, that's where the grist is. We "kill" those around us a thousand ways. Why? And how can we stop? If "THE FIRST SIBLINGS" can't get along, what hope is there for the rest of us??

Cain and Abel suggests the root of this killing is ENVY and JEALOUSY. Psychologist say those emotions are rooted in ANGER... the feeling that you have somehow been cheated of something due to you. The feeling that you are not favored or blessed or loved -whether it is true or not, deserved or not. Jealous siblings are angry that you may have something they do not, such as a parent's love (Joseph's coat). And indeed, it can be true, meaning that anger can be righteous. Joseph's brothers may have had a point! But as you'll see in my lesson below the scripture says it's what you DO with your anger that counts, and that heals.

Cain and Abel Computer Workshop

Uses the "Cal and Marty" scripture memory game ~ now FREE to the supporting members of!

Lesson Plan

Opening and Bible Study

Greet the children and introduce yourself. Tell them what you hope they'll learn today and how they are going to learn it!

1) Tell me what you know about the Story of Cain and Abel.

2) Let's Read the story of Cain and Abel together. Look for it in Genesis 4, and be ready to tell me what stories come before it and after it. (provides context)

3) Somebody summarize what we just read.

4) Bible study questions:

  • How many other "done 'em wrong duos" can you name in scripture? See what they come up with, add a few of your own, and only briefly review details about the stories.

    - Jacob and Esau
    -Joseph and his brothers
    -Saul and David
    -Ahab/Jezebel and Elijah
    -Pilate/Judas and Jesus
    -Jailer and Paul

    Note: If you are teaching the story of Cain and Abel over several weeks, using additional lessons, you can break the following questions into three parts. If you are teaching Cain and Abel in only ONE lesson... ask the following three questions together. In step 8 of this lesson plan, you'll refer back to this list in preparation for doing the software lesson.

  • On the second week of teaching the story, see if they can duplicate the list and of "duos" and fill out MORE details of each story. You might ask: "What happened to turn their relationship bad?" "If you had been there, how would you have stepped in to make peace between these two people?"
  • Complete this sentence.... We kill others everyday, little by little by saying or doing _________________.

    You may need to work in small groups. You may need to offer starter answers, like "We kill each other little by little by ignoring their requests for help."
    (negativity, bad words, actions, inactions, taking, gossiping, ignoring, bullying, dishonesty, lying, evil looks)

5) Questions for OLDER children and youth:

Ask them to recall news stories of anger that resulted in murder. This should include infamous school shooting which have occurred. Don't be afraid to ask this question. It has probably already been discussed in their school.

6) Discuss how small things can build up in a person's life and trigger negative and unintended consequences.

Note that in real life, CAIN is often an ABEL who has been pushed to the breaking point.
But also note that the Bible says that EACH of us has something of CAIN inside us. The murderous instinct was considered to be part of our "original sin" ...passed from generation to generation. (Which is a great Biblical metaphor for describing how parents literally "raise Cain.")
Draw this out visually like an equation in a person's life.
Example: CAIN has parental trouble + low self esteem + negative peers = what?

7) Make a list of "things a person can do" to not let things build up ...inside themselves, inside their friends.

Ask what things could be applied to certain parts of the equation (parental problems for example) that might help CAIN.
Ask what things the church does or could be doing to help Cain. And to help Abel.
Ask what things each student could do to step into the problem and help Cain. And to help Abel.

8) Learning What the Bible says about Anger and Jealousy

Say: The Bible talks a lot about murder, anger and jealousy. Anger is not considered evil in and of itself. Being angry about being mistreated can be a good thing, if it leads you to righting a wrong and turns into peace. It's what you DO with the anger, ...what you DO with the person who wrongs you, that matters.

Sometimes, we are angry about selfish things. This is when anger turns into jealousy. Like Cain, we might be angry because we think a parent doesn't love us as much as our brother, or we may be jealous that we were not treated the same, or given the same thing that someone else was given. That kind of anger-jealousy leads to murderous thoughts and deeds. The Bible give us HELP to deal with our anger so that it does not lead us to sin.

The Computer Software Activity

--remembering important verses using Cal & Marty's Scripture Memory Game.

Assign one of the following Bible verses to a small group seated in front of their computer. The small group is to read the verse, then EDIT IT INTO Cal and Marty's Scripture Memory Game CD using the Verse Editing module. ( Have one child read, one type, and another proofread.

Have them also add the study notes of their own making in that box within the editor, and add three quiz questions about the verse in that section of the verse editing process. The study note and quiz will appear after the verse is played.
After everyone is done editing-in their verse, have them play it. Then, have them switch computers to go play the OTHER verses created by the other groups.


Gather together and pray for strength to follow the advice in the three verses, and ask for forgiveness for anyone we may have wronged.

Here are suggested "anger" and "jealousy" verses for Cal and Marty's Scripture Memory Game software.

You may wish to look for others.

James 1:20 NIV
A person's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.

Proverbs 29:11 NLT
A fool gives full vent to anger, but a wise person quietly holds it back.

Ephesians 4:26 NLT
In your anger do not sin. Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry.

Proverbs 15:1 NLT
A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare.

Proverbs 14:30
A peaceful heart gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones. 

A lesson from Neil MacQueen

Additional Software Suggestions 

Added by Luanne Payne

Fall of Jericho (Sunday Software)- create your own multiple-choice question set on the story, always a hit with the kids. You can also create Questions about Situation your students encounter in real life. Include questions about nations not getting along. The multiple choice answers are "what would you do/say?"

Let's Talk (Sunday Software)- have Cain & Abel tell their stories or discuss other ways they could have handled their sibling rivalry and what outcomes could come from those changes.

Or, have the kids answer your questions via the "Talk Now" module in the Let's Talk program to create responses to teacher prompted sibling/close friend TENSE situations and arguments. Teacher creates several statements/situations, and gives kids 3 minutes to create a response before playing back for entire class to hear. Then move on to the next teacher suggested situation. In effect... the kids will be practicing the language of DIFFUSING THE SITUATION. (The program takes what they type and speaks it out loud).

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Cain and Abel

Art Workshop

Summary of Lesson Activities:

"The Mark of Cain" Collage ...and "the Mark of Abel"

Scripture Reference:

Genesis 4

Leader Preparation:

  • Read the scripture ahead of time.
  • Gather the materials.

Supplies List:

  • Magazine images
  • Posterboard
  • Tape
  • Glue
  • Bibles
  • Newspaper
  • Spray adhesive


Opening- Welcome and Lesson Introduction

Greet the children and introduce yourself.

Dig-Main Content and Reflection

  1. Tell me what you know about the Story of Cain and Abel.
  2. Let's Read the story of Cain and Abel together. Look for it in Genesis 4, and be ready to tell me what stories come before it and after it. (provides context)
  3. Somebody summarize what we just read.
  4. The Mark of Cain Collage

    This lesson will use a familiar art project --the collage, to make a display for the church which will prominently illustrate "The Mark of Cain" and highlight the subject of "bullying". The "Marks" are the images and words depicting Cain-like behavior in our world. Depending on your number of students and the amount of time you have after the Bible study, you may want to break up the collage work into several teams, ...assigning some to "Cain" images and some to the Good images, etc.

    a. Tape together several pieces of poster board and cover them with newspaper using spray adhesive. Give prominent treatment to headlines which illustrate PROBLEMS in our world.

    b. Next, click colorful pictures from magazine which illustrate ANGER, JEALOUSY, GREED. Be selective. "The Mark of Cain" should not be represented by sportscars and models! This is why you will really need a good collection of NEWS magazines, not Glamour and Parenting. Use spray adhesive to fix these images ON TOP OF the newspaper.

    c. Now look for images and symbols of GOOD THINGS that help remove the "Stain of Cain". Glue those onto their OWN pieces of bright construction paper and LABEL THEM with words that describe their goodness. Two people embracing, for example. These you may find in magazines such as People and Parenting. But... I strongly suggest you collect your DENOMINATION's magazine and publications. For example, the mission packets they send to local churches. Ask your church office/pastor for these. CALL THESE "THE MARK OF ABEL".

    d. Create and adhere Christian symbols representing peace, comfort, resolution. A dove, a cross, a peace sign.

    e. Finally, have some students work on writing out some of the memory verses about anger and jealousy from the computer workshop lesson in this set. Adhere those to the collage and display the collage in a prominent location within the church.


Circle around and tell the children you are going to [b]"give them the Mark of Abel" --the one who pleased God and did not do evil.
Pull out a blue permanent sharpie and draw a cross on their shoulder or top of their hand. Don't worry, it will eventually wear off! Close with a prayer that Jesus will be with us to remind us to do and say the right things, and treat others as we ourselves would like to be treated.

Have the children assist with the cleanup and close with a prayer

My original three part lesson set for Cain and Abel is posted at


A Lesson by Neil MacQueen from: Sunday software
Venice, FL

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Cain and Abel

Video Workshop 

Summary of Lesson Activities:

Uses the Veggie Tales video “God Wants Me to Forgive Them?” and a no bullying website.

Scripture Reference:

Genesis 4.

Leader Preparation:

  • Read the scripture ahead of time.
  • Watch the video ahead of time.
  • Gather the materials.

Supplies List:

  • Popcorn
  • A computer with internet.
  • LCD projector
  • Veggie Tales video “God Wants Me to Forgive Them?”
  • Scorecards.
  • Pencils

Advanced Preparation Requirements:

  • Have the video ready to go when the kids arrive.
  • Pop the popcorn.
  • Connect to the internet.


Opening- Welcome and Lesson Introduction

Greet the children and introduce yourself.

Dig-Main Content and Reflection

  1. Tell me what you know about the Story of Cain and Abel.
  2. Let's Read the story of Cain and Abel together. Look for it in Genesis 4, and be ready to tell me what stories come before it and after it. (provides context)
  3. Somebody summarize what we just read.
  4. Show/Review the following videos...

    For older children and teens...

    You're going to go to the NOBullying website and review the top videos submitted by kids and schools in the national NOBullying competition. Many of these videos have already gone viral. Preview them first, but know that most were supervised creations and have been vetted by the Nobullying campaign (which sponsored this national competition).

    (Please note: if by the time you need this lesson that website is no longer available, you can find many bullying videos posted to youtube and organizations devoted to the subject. If in real need, contact your local school for resource help. They may have videos you can borrow).

    You will need a computer with an internet connection and an LCD projector for the group to see the videos.

    Give each student a SCORECARD and pencil, and have them 'rate' the videos you watch based NOT on the production quality but on the message. Have them use: "Poor, Fair, Good, Great". After viewing each, have them write their review. Compare reviews after you have watched several.

    For younger children or all children...
    Watch the Veggie Tales video “God Wants Me to Forgive Them?”
    It's about 30 minutes long.

    For discussion:

    How does forgiveness help people deal with their feelings of jealousy and anger?


Have the students sign a Promise which the teacher writes on a posterboard to "Practice Forgiveness and Stand Up for Others."

After everyone has signed, have them all place their hands on it and repeat after me": ...along the lines of... "God, with your Spirit helping me, I promise to try and forgive others and stand up for others who are being bullied."


A lesson from Neil MacQueen,
Venice, FL

 A representative of reformatted this post to improve readability.

Last edited by Luanne Payne

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