A Mark That Won’t Come Off

Genesis 4:15 – 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.

Hey all, new blog today. Looking at Cain’s mark. Many people wonder what the mark was, because we don’t know what it was, but the important thing to focus on is why he was marked, and what it represented. Well, Cain was of the wicked one the Bible says, he was wicked, godless. But boy was he religious, he brought his sacrifice to God, the fruit of the ground… but God didn’t accept his sacrifice.

Cain did things his own way, and he was rejected. But instead of repenting and confessing his sin, he was wroth with God, he got angry with God that God didn’t accept his sacrifice. Never mind that he disobeyed God, he wanted to make God approve and bless his ungodly way. Cain was an unrepentant, godless man. Read Genesis 4 and you see the story of Cain and Abel. God gave Cain a chance, both after his wrong sacrifice, and after he killed Abel, yet Cain still rejected God.

Well, God pronounced judgement on Cain, because Cain had done evil. And we reap what we sow the Bible says. We think we are getting by with sin. But we are not, it’s just God being longsuffering, it’s not God winking at your sin and wickedness. And God is the righteous Judge of all the earth. And God can, will and does judge sin. Full stop. Cain wasn’t too worried about that though, Cain had a complaint, Cain was unhappy with his punishment. Cain was sorry. He was not sorry for his sin, he was sorry about the punishment. He was sorry for reaping what he sowed, he was sorry, but completely unrepentant toward God. He just wanted the sentence for his crime eased.

God set a mark on Cain, and boy did sin leave a mark on Cain. This episode defined Cain’s entire life, because he went out from the presence of the Lord, and that’s the last we really read of him. He would live for many, many years thereafter…. many years that Abel would never live, his brother who did nothing wrong, who’s righteousness and obedience to God and walking in the light made the black hearted Cain feel guilty. Light exposes darkness, Christians today make unrepentant sinners feel guilty and that’s why the world hates us.

The message today is that sin leaves a mark. And a mark that won’t come off. Cain couldn’t get rid of it. And sin as we go along marks us more and more. We get buried under the weight and impact of our sins. So much so we destroy our own lives. Hosea 13:9 – O Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself; but in me is thine help. There is only one way to remove the mark, the stain, the leprosy of sin… and that is the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. Cain could’ve been accepted, he could’ve had forgiveness… but nope.

Cain instead hardened his heart. He was not interested in God at all. Not interested in God’s ways, God’s word, forgiveness, Cain was spiritually as dead as a doornail. We can all be like Cain… without repentance, confessing sin, being born again and the Holy Spirit of God moving on and in our hearts we cannot, do not, and will never see or enter the kingdom of God. Natural man in his unsaved state is completely separated from God, and not just separated, but an enemy of God, utterly fallen. We all inherited it from Adam, we all groan under the curse. The only way back to God is through the blood of Jesus Christ.

Cain was sorry, but he was unrepentant. He just wanted the sentence eased. He was a wicked, godless man. And the sins of the father were multiplied, because we read of his descendants who continued on in his wicked ways and multiplied their sins (see the story of Lamech).

The mark won’t come off, because God puts it there. God gave Cain a chance to repent, but if not sin lieth at the door. One reason Cain wouldn’t repent and bring the right sacrifice was because it would humble him before Abel. Abel had the sheep, Cain was a tiller of the ground, well, well, the older brother would’ve had to ask the younger brother for a sheep to sacrifice before the Lord. That was too much for proud Cain.

The Bible has more to say about marking. In Romans 16:17 – Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. But conversely, in Philippians 3:17 – Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample. So we all are to mark people, good and bad, lives speak volumes. God marks people, so should we mark people according to their words and deeds.

Cain’s life was marked by his sin. He died, he went to hell. He may have lived a long life full of stuff, but without God in it, it was all a waste and complete vanity. What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul? It doesn’t. Thousands of years later, he is still in hell, weeping, wailing and gnashing his teeth… his testimony and witness is locked in forever. He is in his eternal state. He looks forward to his final place in the lake of fire (which hell and death are cast into), and that is forever and ever. The Bible says it is appointed unto man once to die, and then after that the judgement. The Bible says he that is filthy let him be filthy still. Once we die, it’s over, it’s judgement and then entering into our eternal state which was determined by our life, our choices spent here. Abel’s blood cried out from the ground, and Abel’s life is a testament to a believer’s life today. He may have missed out here on earth, but in eternity and in the new heaven and new earth, Abel will know it was well worth it.

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