Pamphlet #6231 Genesis KC 11-2
Cain was spared because he will be used to fulfill the "negative part" of God's plan.
Let's now return to Genesis chapter four where Cain is being ousted from his native land.
He is concerned that his evil ways might get him killed by the people he encounters.
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.
Here we see that God is going to protect Cain by placing a mark upon him.
But why should He?
The creep just murdered Abel!
Because Cain will be used to fulfill the "negative part" of God's plan.
You must understand that for every positive there is a
negative: sun/moon, light/dark,
good/bad, Holy Spirit/evil spirit, Christ/Antichrist, etc., etc.
It seems that for the flesh man, unless he has gone through
he can never truly appreciate the warm sunshine.
But a wise person knows that ultimately the negative becomes
for it, the negative, provides the seedbed for the testing of faith.
What is this "mark" that the LORD set upon Cain?
It is truly amazing to listen and read about the creative
ideas that man is able to imagine
in an attempt to figure out what this "mark" is.
Perhaps it could have been like a "no smoking" sign,
a sharp dagger with a red circle and a slash through the center.
People would recognize this universal symbol and say to
"Look Sam, he has a 'no kill' sign on his forehead,
so we'd better leave him alone.
Darn, I wanted to kill him!"
In Genesis 4:15 God set a sign for Cain.
In other words, He gave him a "pledge" that He would protect him in his journeys.
The word "mark" is the same word
as "token" in Gen. 9:12, 13,
where God gave Noah a sign, a "token" of His covenant
that He would never again flood the earth with water.
It was His pledge.
And He didn't paint a little rainbow on Noah's head, either.
Check it out.
Don't listen to made up stories.
So God "marked", or set aside, Cain to be protected.
Note: You ought to see what preachers and ministers are telling people about the "mark of the Beast" in chapter 13 of the Book of Revelation. They tell them that they are going to have the number "666" tattooed on their foreheads (kind of like the "no smoking" symbol again). And so the ignorance continues from Genesis to Revelation. (You'll either have the truth, "the seal of God", in your forehead (brain) or you'll have deception, "the seal of Satan", which is the "mark of the beast", in your forehead. So don't buy stock in tattoo shops!)
 And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.
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