Cain spoke to Abel his brother. And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel and killed him. Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper?” (Genesis 4:8-9 ESV)
Over the next few weeks, we are going to be spending some time looking at this passage, and others that teach a similar lesson, and trying to understand the implications of being our brother’s keeper. I think that this is a topic that we need to dwell on and one that is not taken as seriously as it probably should be. Like many statements in Scripture, we have a tendency to gloss over them, spiritualize them, or downright explain them away. And this is just naturally what we do as people. No one is free from guilt in this regard. We all do it.
In the coming weeks, we are going to spend time studying this passage and are going to look at ideas such as who our brother is and what our responsibility is to him. Some of this might be hard for us to digest, but if we are to live lives that reflect Biblical reality, we must act in certain ways.
So as we study this topic over the next few weeks, I want us to pray for God to open our minds and our hearts to what He would like to teach us.