Jesus Wept; The Bible and Human Emotions, Lesson 10

I am writing tonight from the beautiful Tampa Bay area.

While studying this week’s SS lesson on jealousy I came up with more questions than answers. So I hope my post tonight turns out to be more of a discussion than an essay. Hopefully you can provide me with some answers.

 “Not as Cain, [who] was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous. “ 1 John 3:12

Why was Cain jealous of Abel? I know it says because his works were evil and his brother’s righteous, but if Cain was jealous why didn’t he just do what was right? Was Cain jealous of Abel and God’s relationship? If so, was it similar to the jealousy people experience  in human relationships? If Cain was jealous because of God and Abel’s relationship then why didn’t he just have a relationship with God for himself?

Another thing; have you ever noticed how some people accuse you of being jealous of them even though the reality is, you are not jealous at all? Why do some people need to lie to themselves that people are jealous of them?


  1. Perhaps, like the story of Joseph and his brothers, Cain thought that Abel was flaunting his relationship with God. (goody two-shoes) And it made him not jealous but angry. With anger in one’s heart, a relationship with God is hard to come by, not impossible, but hard. And also with anger, thoughts well up in one’s mind that aren’t real but perceived. (Note: I haven’t done this lesson but I’m taking a whack at a possible answer.)


  2. I agree with what Norma said. In addition, relationships are complicated. Not everyone knows how to express themselves in a healthy way and when they do, it is poorly done. Maybe it is our responsibility to listen to the other person more and see with God’s eyes and not necessarily our own.


  3. Cain was jealous of what I am sure was the peace, joy, and happiness he saw in Abel’s life. Cain did not want to do what was right. He only wanted the results of doing what is right. The same problem of selfishness has always been and exists today in many who want the good things but they won’t do what is good. This is exactly the description of the Laodicean condition of the church today. They don’t want to do all of what God asks so they deny it is expected and claim they have it all. You know what God’s answer to that was, when you study your Bible.


  4. Cain sought a relationship with God, only it was on his terms. Abel was in a relationship with God based on the dependency upon God and His promises. Cain was jealous of the blessings God bestowed on Abel. This was most notably seen in the acceptance of Abel’s sacrifice.


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