少儿圣经故事:以诺In the Beginning 4

发表时间:2017-08-16内容来源:VOA英语学习网

Introduction:Have you ever attended the funeral of someone you love?Can you think of anything more sad than having to face the death of a loved one?Perhaps you have asked, “Why do people have to die?”

Adam and Eve, the first two people God created, must have been heartbroken to hear the news that their son Abel had died. He had been killed by his brother Cain. Surely what grieved Adam and Eve the most was seeing their sin continue on through their son Cain. Romans 5:12 says, “…by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:”

Gospel:Adam and Eve remembered the happy perfect world before they had disobeyed God. There was no sin, therefore there was no decay, disease, or death. But when Adam and Eve sinned against God, they spoiled God’s perfect world for themselves, and for everyone who would come after them. That includes you and me today. You too have broken God’s laws. Saying ugly things when you are angry, not obeying your parents, even thinking mean things are all ways you and I have sinned and broken God’s laws. God says that the wages, or payment, of sin is death. We must all die in our bodies, but those who continue in their sin will suffer eternal death and separation from God.

The Good News is that our loving Creator has provided a way to be forgiven of your sin, and to escape that eternal death! The Lord Jesus Christ, God’s perfect Son, willingly came down to earth and gave His life to take our punishment for sin. When the Jewish religious leaders and Roman soldiers put the Lord Jesus to death, Jesus never used the power He had to fight against them. Why not?Jesus had already planned to die. He gave His precious blood and life so you and I could have forgiveness of sin. The Lord Jesus “humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” (Philippians 2:8) Romans 5:17 says, “For as by one man’s (Adam) disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one (Jesus) shall many be made righteous.” Now the Lord Jesus is risen from the dead and in Heaven. When you believe in Jesus and ask Him to forgive your sins, Jesus will not only forgive your sins, but He will make you righteous in the sight of God and give you His eternal life! Even though sin continues through you and me, and every person, isn’t it wonderful news that you and I can be forgiven!

What a sad thing that Cain never asked for God’s forgiveness for his sin. The Bible tells us that Cain married. I can just hear some of you boys and girls asking, “Where did Cain get his wife?” Read on in Genesis 5:3-4, and you will see that Adam lived to be 930 years old, and that he had more sons and daughters. Cain would have married one of his sisters. That sounds strange to us, but it was not until later that God’s law forbade this practice. Scientists who believe the Bible say that in the beginning, people did not have all the genetic problems we know of today.

The Bible tells us Cain married, had children, and even built a city. We also read that some of his great grandchildren played musical instruments, and some were skilled workers with bronze and iron. Does this sound very different from what you have heard???Perhaps you’ve been taught that all people in the beginning were cavemen, those ape-like creatures with very poor intellect. The evidence in God’s Word is that in the beginning people were very intelligent! While it is true that there have always been people all over the world that live in caves for one reason or another (even today), there is no proof that there was ever a time when everyone lived in caves and had inferior intellect.

Although Cain’s family line seemed to be an industrious and intelligent people, yet there is no mention that they walked with God. Does that sound like people today???Even many who say they know the Lord Jesus live only to please themselves.

Main Truth:If you have believed on the Lord Jesus as your Savior, God wants you to walk with Him. To walk with God means to be living to please God and not ourselves.

God loves you so much and He wants to have close friendship with you. He created you and saved you, and has a wonderful plan for your life. Do you really love God?II John 6 says, “And this is love, that we walk after his commandments.” When you spend time with God praying, and reading and obeying His Word, you are walking with Him. As you walk with the Lord, He will work out His wonderful plan for your life. If you have believed on the Lord Jesus, God wants you to walk with Him daily.

All through the history of the world, God has longed to have people walk with Him. Sadly it was in the beginning of the world As It Is today:most people do not choose to walk with God. It seems Cain’s family line chose not to walk with God.

Seth was the third son born to Adam. The Bible does not give any names of Adam’s other sons and daughters. It may surprise you to know how long people lived back then. Adam lived 930 years, Seth lived 912 years, and some of their descendants lived even longer! God granted many more years to people’s lives back then! Some scientists who believe the Bible say that perhaps the climate in the newly created world was much healthier and allowed people to live longer.

In Genesis 5:24 we read something special about Adam’s great-great-great-great grandson Enoch:“Enoch walked with God.” Enoch had a close friendship with God.

The book of Jude also tells us that Enoch was a prophet, and that he told the people about a day when the Lord Jesus would come to bring judgment upon sin. With most people around him not caring about God, and busy with their selfish living, do you think it was easy for Enoch to tell them about God and His coming judgment?No doubt many made fun of Enoch. Still Enoch walked with God.

Main Truth:If you are God’s child, God wants you to walk with Him. You may see others who say they are Christians who live only for their education, to make money, or to have fun. But the God Who created you and saved you is calling you to walk with Him daily. Walking with God means staying in close friendship with Him. God loves you so much. You can show your love for Him by praying and reading and obeying His Word. Remember II John 6 says, “And this is love, that we walk after his commandments.” Do you seek to please the Lord in your life at home, at school, at play and at work?Do you tell others about Jesus' Sometimes as you make decisions in your life, it may hard for you to know what would please the Lord. Asking the question, “What would Jesus do?” may help you understand what you should do. Remember, if you are God’s child, God wants you to walk with Him daily.

Very little is recorded about Enoch in the Bible, but we find the most important thing we need to know about him:Enoch walked with God! Although Enoch only lived 365 years, his son Methuselah lived longer than any other person in the history of the world, 969 years! Methuselah would have been about 300 years old when an amazing thing happened to his father Enoch. Genesis 5:24 says simply, “And Enoch walked with God; and he was not; for God took him.” Enoch did not have to suffer death. God just moved Enoch from his earthly home to his heavenly home without dying! Today while you and I are enjoying Enoch’s story, Enoch is enjoying Heaven!

If you know the Lord Jesus, are you daily walking with God?It is important to study and work diligently, but the most important thing is to keep walking with God daily. God gives you life and breath, and has saved you from eternal death. He loves you so much and wants you to walk with Him daily. Will you this week pray, read and obey God’s Word, and tell others about Him?Keep that close friendship with God! And keep II John 6 in your heart:“And this is love, that we walk after his commandments.”

If you have never believed in the Lord Jesus, won’t you begin your walk with God today?The first step is to believe on the Lord Jesus as your Savior. Go now to “How to Be a Child of God.”

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