Then the Lord said to him, “Not so! If anyone kills Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold.” And the Lord put a mark on Cain, lest any who found him should attack him.
The first time we find the concept of God’s external mark on anyone is in the first book of the Bible (Genesis 4). The Word of God reveals how man becomes exposed to satanic ownership.
It tells us how man is deceived by the devil and loses his original innocence, identity and security. Our text today gives us a unique insight into the tragedy, trauma and terror that gripped humanity after the Fall of Man.
You’ll recall that every human was originally created with God’s signature of ownership and identity on the inside: ‘Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…” (Genesis 1:26). That is all marred when man succumbs to satanic deception.
What happens to Cain is nothing short of amazing grace! For this man who was guilty of original homicide and fratricide to be marked for divine protection is nothing short of love beyond comprehension.
Yet that’s exactly your and my story. That’s precisely what Jesus came to do for you and me. That’s what Christmas is all about. It’s about the arrival of the One who came to redeem us back to God–to restore our original identity and destroy the works of the evil one (1 John 3:8). Oh come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord!