June 16th, 2016
God’s Mercy is Greater Than Any Sin
And the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him. (Genesis 4:15 KJV)
The Lord speaks clearly in His Word against striking vengeance against another by seeking personal retribution for a crime committed against an offender.
God’s holy standard is set firm against vengeance. Cain was marked in some undisclosed fashion for the preservation of his life. This unidentified mark was for the purpose of a barrier of protection to surround him against any person who might desire to kill him taking retribution in their own hands for the murder of his brother.
Not only did He mark Cain in some way but God also declared that anyone who chose to seek revenge by murdering Cain would face a stiff sevenfold repercussion for doing so. God marked a murderer to protect him from also potentially being murdered.
This declaration makes my head spin in circles because it is a mindset so removed from that which is at work in this world! Isn’t God’s unmerited favor wonderful!
This mark was certainly a gesture of grace and mercy towards Cain who deserved death rather than protection placed upon his life.
Cain was miserable and shrouded with guilt and fear when he came face to face with God with fresh blood on his hands. Cain deserved death for his act of murder but God’s mercy was greater than his sin and spared his life.