Tuesday, 14 June 2011
The story of Cain and Abel is familiar to many. We know that Cain slew his brother because his sacrifice was favored above his own. We read of how God comes to Cain and pronounces judgment upon him. God told him that he would be a fugitive and a vagabond. Also, the ground would be cursed for him. After hearing these things, Cain cried out to God for he was afraid for him own life. God responds to him by placing a mark upon his head.
And the Lord set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him. Gen 4:15 (KJV)
Some have tried to compare Cain’s mark to the mark of the beast and other symbols, which are incorrect. The mark of Cain was a mark of God’s mercy. Though Cain was guilty, God was merciful to him that he would not reap the full return of what he had done. What is the point?
Many today are afraid of what is to come because of past sins, failures, and decisions. However, if they have returned to God, they do not have to fear the future. God set a mark upon Cain for mercy and Cain expressed no remorse for his acts. How much the more will God show mercy to those who come to Him in confession and repentance and humility? Do not be afraid, God will have mercy even in judgment if He is approached sincerely and honestly. Remember, the mark of Cain showed God’s mercy and not His anger.