The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. John 1:29
We serve such a merciful God!
Yesterday, I wrote about Cain, and God told him to rule over the sin in his life, or it would rule over him.
Cain killed his brother.
When God asked Cain where his brother was, he informed God that he wasn’t his brother’s keeper.
Then God told Cain that his brother’s blood cried out to him from the ground.
Cain was put on the spot. His sin was revealed.
God was so merciful. He spoke to Cain as though he were a child, and told him that the ground would not help to grow his crops anymore. He would have to leave his home, and wander like a vagabond.
Cain thought his punishment was too harsh, and thought that when other people saw him, they would want to kill him.
God told him that anyone who tried to kill Cain would suffer God’s vengeance seven fold. And God put a mark on Cain.
Genesis 4:16, says that Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and went east of Eden, to the land of Nod.
Cain left his home. He later married, and had a family. He built a city, and named the place after his son, Enoch.
God had a purpose for Cain. Even though he murdered his brother and sinned, and even tried to hide what he did, God did not destroy Cain. God hates sin, but He loves the sinner.
I think of David, who had Bathsheba’s husband killed to cover his sin. God did not destroy David.
I think of Saul as a King, and how he was disobedient, yet God did not kill him.
King Ahab and Jezebel, the queen, were such evil people, yet God did not destroy them.
I think of the Roman soldiers who killed the Son of God, yet God did not destroy them.
People get God’s attention.They do suffer consequences for their sins, but God is merciful.
However, I think of Sodom and Gomorrah, the days of Noah, and instances when the Israelites were with Moses, where God destroyed whole cities, big groups of people, and even the whole earth except for eight people.
When sin becomes rampant, when large groups become polluted by their sinfulness, they get God’s attention too, especially if they will not repent.
Nineveh was a city that did repent when a prophet was sent to it, who declared that God was intending to destroy their city. All those people were spared, because they turned from their sins.
To leave God’s presence must have been very hard for Cain? Once we have the knowledge of God, and we disobey, and do not receive forgiveness, — to be cast off forever would be more than one would want to bear.
I can’t imagine how it would be to never be in fellowship with God. How very sad.
God has provided a way for us to be reconciled to Him even when we’ve sinned. Jesus Christ, God’s Son, took the punishment that we deserved. He took our sin. He is the only way to have fellowship with a Holy God.
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6
That is the mercy of God. He loves us, but hates our sins. He has provided a way for us to be forgiven and cleansed from all our sins.
Dear God, You are so merciful, so loving, and so thoughtful. Thank You for salvation, forgiveness, grace, love, and Your continued presence in my life. I am a sinner, saved by Your Son. I am so grateful! In the name of Jesus, Amen.