Circumstances Confront Our Pride

I want to take a brief walk over the next two weeks through a story that's probably familiar to you whether you've read it or not--the story of Cain and Abel, which is recorded in Genesis 4.

One of the problems that we usually run into when we're reading a story in the Bible that's familiar to us is that we often miss out on some of the really important details that the author expects us to see. We get used to how a story goes and start expecting and thinking about what's going to happen next, and we end up missing the significance or the impact of the words we're reading.