13 And Cain said to the Lord, “My punishment is greater than I can bear! 14 Surely You have driven me out this day from the face of the ground; I shall be hidden from Your face; I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond on the earth, and it will happen that anyone who finds me will kill me.”
15 And the Lord said to him, “Therefore, whoever kills Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold.” And the Lord set a mark on Cain, lest anyone finding him should kill him.
Genesis 4:13-15, NKJV
God's Grace to Cain
The unthinkable has happened. Adam and Eve have born two sons, and in a very short time, one of these sons kills the other. Will the human race end practically before it even began?
As we continue the story of Cain and Abel, we find ourselves in the middle of a conversation between God and Cain. God knows that Cain murdered Abel and meted out judgment to Cain. No longer would Cain be able to successfully till the ground. He would become a vagabond throughout the earth.
Cain responded to God, "My punishment is greater that I can bear ... it will happen than anyone who finds me will kill me."
As in the case of most criminals, no thought is given to the victim. Cain does not think about the potential life that Abel would have had, he only finds the punishment meted out to him by God to be too severe. Actually, rightly so, he understood that his very life was in danger. Keep in mind that sin had entered the world--all men, women, and children born on the earth were sinners. Cain, being a known murderer, was in danger of being murdered himself.
How did God respond to Cain's objection? God said, "Therefore, whoever kills Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold." And the Lord set a mark on Cain, lest anyone finding him should kill him.
Even in the case of Cain, a known murderer, we see God's grace to Cain. God put a mark of protection upon Cain, so that no matter where he wandered, no one would kill him.
As believers, we should think about this. God showed amazing grace to Cain, even though Cain would not be classed as a believer. Does God show that grace in our day to those who do not serve Him?
Yes, He does. The Bible tells us that God allows the rain to fall on the unjust as well as the just. In other words, though this world has been corrupted by sin, God graciously gives all men blessings they do not deserve. Though at the end of time all men will be judged, we often see God being extremely gracious even to those who hate Him.
As believers, what lessons can we take away from this? Are we gracious to non-believers? Are we gracious even to other believers if they do not believe exactly as we do?
Unfortunately, the church of God has always had a great difficulty loving one another. Not only do God's people lack love toward the people of this world, but they also tend to lack love toward other confessing believers.
One of the greatest miracles in heaven will be seeing all believers perfectly unified! No longer will God's church be fractured into thousands--maybe even millions--of pieces. This is one of Satan's greatest tools in his attempt to destroy the church of God.
Let us, as children of God, pray that God would bless us with a gracious spirit of love toward all others--non-believers as well as professing believers.
Here, already in the 4th chapter of Genesis, look at how much we have learned about God, our Father. As we continue through the book of Genesis, our understanding of God will certainly deepen.
What an amazing God we serve!
God Bless You,