Teacher References: 1 John 3:11-19; Matthew 25:31-46; Genesis 4:9; Genesis 42:15; 1 John 4:7
AM I MY BROTHER’S KEEPER?
Gen 4:9 “…am I my brother’s keeper?”
Note: 1) First the Lord asked, “Where is thy brother?”
2) Now Cain asks, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” By this Cain was trying to justify himself
before God instead of acknowledging his sin and repenting.
Comment We as Christians should ask the Lord, am I my brother’s keeper? And the Lord would answer thus, “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren (my little ones), ye have done it unto me.” Yes, you are your brother’s keeper!! (Showing his body and the necessity and love for every part of it. If we cannot care for one another in every way we will not be ready when Jesus comes)
3) The first sign of growth in a Christian is when he or she becomes concerned about their brother and sister in Christ.
4) If we are not concerned about others we are selfish and will produce no fruit!
Illustration Bring your brother with you. (Joseph truly had the forgiveness and love of God when he forgave his brothers for their evil towards him)
Gen. 42:15 Joseph (Perfect type of Christ) speaks to his brethren. “Ye shall not go forth hence, except your youngest brother come hither (be with you)!”
Christians are as Cain, because they are not concerned about their brother and
go about destroying his or her spirituality. (Abraham cared deeply for his
brother when he brought
1 John 4:7 “Beloved, let us love one another for love is of God. And everyone that loveth, is born of
God and knoweth God.”
If we are not concerned about our brother how can we be concerned about Jesus, who is our brother and Lord!
Summary Discuss how our relationship with Christ is dependent on our relationship with our Brother. (e.g., we know we have passed from death unto life…)