Genesis 4: God Doesn’t Leave Us Because We Mess up

In terms of messing things up, you have to admit that Cain made a pretty big mess of his life. After all, he murdered his brother out of jealousy. Murder and intense jealousy are hard to live down.

As a result of his actions, God did curse him. He said that his crops would not grow for him, and he was condemned to be virtually a wanderer for the rest of his life.

Gen 4:10  And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground.

Gen 4:11  And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand;

Gen 4:12  When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.

Of course, Cain wasn’t thrilled to hear this news. Here’s what he said in verses 13 and 14.

Gen 4:13  And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear.

Gen 4:14  Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me.

Of course, if I was just handed such a direct and serious punishment from God himself, I don’t think my reaction would be much different.

However, he did miss the point on one thing. In verse 14, he made the assertion that because of his sin, God would hide him from His face. Essentially, he was insinuating that because of his actions, he had absolutely no hope.

Sin does separate us from God, but even murder does not take us away from His love. This is evident when you look at God’s response to Cain’s concern that anyone who sees him will kill him.

Gen 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.

Even though he had obviously committed one of the worst crimes on earth, God still assured him that he wouldn’t be murdered. His punishment wasn’t removed in the least, but by God showing concern, it is evident that Cain was not hidden from the face of God as he was worried about.

This is a nice assurance. I definitely never plan on murdering anyone, but I still am a sinner as much as that murderer is. We all fall short of perfection, so we all need salvation. However, it is nice to know that even if we do terrible things, God does not abandon us.

This story makes me think of the criminals who were crucified beside Jesus. We don’t exactly know what those men had done beyond the fact that they were thieves, but it was obviously something pretty bad if they were being crucified. However, one of them was assured of salvation by Jesus himself because of his faith.

People do many bad things, but God doesn’t automatically turn away from us because we fall drastically short of perfection. God is love, and we need to ask for and accept His forgiveness. He has offered it to us.

About Zak Schmoll

Zak Schmoll is the founder of Entering the Public Square, and Managing Editor of An Unexpected Journal. He earned his MA in Apologetics at Houston Baptist University and is currently a PhD student in Humanities at Faulkner University. His work has been featured on several websites including The Federalist, Public Discourse and the Fourth World Journal.

Posted on July 26, 2012, in Genesis and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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