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Off the Page: Genesis 4


January 27, 2021, 8:45 AM

Off the Page: Genesis Ch. 4 - A demonstration of mercy and grace. 

In this chapter we learn of the the first murder recorded in the Bible.  We also learn of the 2 directions in life you can go.  Toward God in obedience, or away from God in rebellion. 

But I want to focus on something different, because as I read this chapter today something new jumped off the page to me.

As many times as I have read this passage and the interaction of God and Cain after Cain had murdered his brother, I have always perceived God’s voice in a booming voice of condemnation and punishment.  

But, this time, as I read the dialogue between God and Cain, I perceived the loving voice of concerned father.  

In verses 5-7, Cain get’s made because his offering was not accepted, God goes to him to explain where he had erred and warned him that sin was waiting to pounce if he did not turn from the path he was on. 

Then after Cain killed his brother, God comes again to Cain in verses 9-15 (knowing full well what Cain had done) and graciously offers Cain a chance to repent and confess.  

Yes God brought punishment as a consequence, but even then God lovingly demonstrated mercy and grace by marking Cain to preserve his life and give him a chance to make the right choice.  

Ultimately Cain chose to leave the presence of the Lord and no where do we see he returned, but the focus is in how God pleaded with Cain to change and turn to Him.  

It reminds me of my past and even my future mistakes I will make, and that God is willing and desiring to restore me if I will but admit, acknowledge and seek God for forgiveness.  

In my head I now hear the tender, compassionate voice of a loving God, pleading with me to turn to him and resist temptation.  

So what about you?  Do you see what I saw? Did God show you something else?  

Seek Him in His Word, He will be found; and that is the whole point of us reading His love letter to us...to seekHim, know Him, and have a relationship with Him.  

Let God speak to you today!

Until next time, remember:  I love you.  More importantly God loves you!  Keep your eyes on Him!