Thursday, June 19, 2014

God’s Mercy

By Bureau of Land Management [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

{Based on a post I originally wrote before restarting the blog.}

Genesis 4:13-15

After Cain killed Abel, he found himself with a bit of a dilemma. Thinking he could hide his crime, he had not counted on facing judgment by an all knowing God. God’s verdict meant Cain would have to leave his home becoming a nomad of sorts. But Cain knew the dangers of wandering about on his own. Without God’s protection, Cain would certainly fall victim to someone or something that would help him join his brother.

God would have been justified had he said, "Too bad" in response to Cain’s complaint. After all Cain brought the punishment on himself, having been warned of how sin was knocking at his door. Given the opportunity to turn back to God, Cain chose to yield to temptation. But instead of condemning Cain, God was merciful putting a mark on him in order to keep others from killing him.

Like Cain we are warned by God of our need to repent of our sins. God tells us that all have sinned, earning a spiritual death sentence. Fortunately God is merciful offering in Jesus an opportunity for each of us to take on the mark of adoption. We deserve death but instead believers are given life, becoming members of God’s family.

Are you living life as one who is marked for protection from God or are you taking your chances wandering alone in the wilderness?

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