He found himself away from his calling, and hidden from God’s presence. He even feared that he would be killed for his actions. But God did something surprising.
But the Lord said to him, “Not so; if anyone kills Cain, he will suffer vengeance seven times over.” Then the Lord put a mark on Cain so that no one who found him would kill him.
God gave Cain the world’s first tattoo. It read, “Kill him and answer to Me – signed – GOD.”
Why would God do such a thing? Throughout His Word the Lord has said that murder is punishable by death. The answer is in His mercy.
Adam lay with his wife again, and she gave birth to a son and named him Seth, saying, “God has granted me another child in place of Abel, since Cain killed him.”
This is a very strange statement for Eve to make. At this point she already had over 100 children. Why did she see the need to specifically replace Abel? The name Seth means to place in as a substitute.
Here’s where we see God’s mercy.
Seth also had a son, and he named him Enosh. At that time men began to call on the name of the Lord.
What this verse tells us is that something happened when Seth was old enough to have children. The Bible literally says that calling on the name of the Lord was opened up. (The word men is not in the original Hebrew)
Why did God not allow Cain to be killed? The Lord wanted Cain to see the day when a new prophet would rise up. Seth could now offer the sin-offering for Cain’s forgiveness. I’d like to think that Cain took God’s offer of a second chance. I believe that we’ll see him in Heaven.
Remember – Cain’s curse was that he would be a restless wanderer.
Cain lay with his wife, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Enoch. Cain was then building a city, and he named it after his son Enoch.
Do you hear that? Cain built a city. He’s not a wanderer anymore. It sounds like the curse was broken over his life. I believe it’s because he took God’s offer of forgiveness.
What can we learn from all of this – the way of Cain? I can’t worship God on my own terms. It’s an epidemic of our generation of believers.
Many people say that they’re pursuing God. The truth is that I can only pursue God the way God wants to be pursued. Anything else and I’m just a spiritual wanderer.
We must worship God the way He wants to be worshipped – in spirit and in truth. Anything else misses the mark.
Question: What curses has God broken from over your life?
© Nick Zaccardi 2016