Mercy to the Murderer
13 And Cain said to (The Lord) Yahweh, “The (punishment for) my
(is) greater than (I can) carry. 14 Look, You’ve driven
me (away this) day from the face of the ground, I’ll be hidden
from your face, and I’ll be a wanderer
and one who moves here and there
in the land. And it will be (that) anyone
who finds me will kill me.” 15 But (Yahweh) said to him, “Therefore,
anyone who kills Cain will be revenged
and the (Lord Yahweh) will put a sign on Cain (for) any who finds him never to
I can hardly believe this is the Bible. I mean, Cain had just murdered his brother, and he came before God, heard his punishment, and still had that guile, guts, hide??? (I’m not sure which) to say to God Himself… “Now, that’s not fair. You’ve been too hard on me. I can’t carry that one… and, besides, if anyone finds me, they’ll kill me…”
To me the punishment seemed light in the face of killing his own brother, Abel, who had actually pleased God with the sacrifice that he brought. This is the law of first mention of “totally unfair,” and “bad things happen to good people.” As I said before, the law of first mention is a bit of flea in my chest hair. However, what is clear, is that the authority that Man had had to maintain peace and order, and which had been handed to the sneaky snake through his deception, was now at work to cripple mankind, who were created in God’s image.
Truth 1… Nothing could bring Abel back. The righteous man died for his righteousness, because of a jealous brother… spurred on by Sneaky, no doubt.
Truth 2… Even after such failure, although there were consequences, Yahweh didn’t give Cain the death penalty, but showed mercy (in light of the justice he would bring at Calvary). In fact, Yahweh even put a sign in Cain to protect his life from anyone who thought he should die, in order that they wouldn’t kill him and receive seven times worse.
Father, I can’t pretend to understand what fairness and justice look like through Your eyes, but I sure would like to. Thank you, Jesus, that You would volunteer to come and take my punishment. I had thought you were forced to come, with no option, or You’d have failed. However, now I’m more aligned with the thought that you came of Your own free will, could have backed out at any time, somehow still without sinning, but You instead chose to take my punishment. Thank you.
In Jesus’ name. Amen.
 עָוֹן – ʿavon/ʿavown – Strongs 5771 – (n . m) – “iniquity/iniquities/perversity/depravity/sin/wickedness/wrongdoing with a sense of liability or guilt/iniquity/guilt/punishment/blame/punishment for iniquity”
 גָּרַשׁ, גָּרַשׁ – garash – Strongs 1644 – (v) – “to drive out/expel/thrust out/cast out/divorce/put away/thrust away/trouble/cast up/be tossed/driven/drove/be driven away/to be thrust out/rmove/tossed about/toss/tossing/to be thrust out/dispossessed/tossing”
 סָתַר – cathar – Strongs 8641 – (v) – “absent/conceal/concealed/cover/hid/hidden/hide/hides/hiding/place/secret things/surely hide/undetected … to hide oneself/be hidden/be concealed/hidden [Nifal] … to hide carefully [Piel] … hidden [Pual] … to conceal/hide [Hifil] … to hide oneself/vanish/perish/ceased to exist (as a result of hiding oneself) [Hitpael]”
 נוּעַ – nuwaʿ – Strongs 5128 – (v) – “wander/shake/be shaken/set trembling/quiver/totter/shake/reel/stagger/to wave/to swing/move/sift/stagger/tremble/be unstable/vagrant/wag/vagabond/be tossed about/disturb/cause to wander/reels/scatter/shake/shaken/swing to and fro/to and fro/wave”
 נוּד – nuwd – Strongs 5110 – (v) – “to shake/waver/wander/move to and fro/flutter/show grief/have compassion/travel from place to place without a specific destination/sway/wag/bemoan oneself/take flight/lament/condole/show sympathy/sympathise/mourn/grieve/grieving/to bemoan oneself …to move to and fro/wander aimlessly/take flight/flutter/waiver/wave/shake/show grief/lament/condole/show sympathy/mourn [Qal] … cause to wander (aimlessly)/to make a wagging/wag, with the head/shake/drive away [Hifil] … to move oneself to and fro/sway/totter/shake oneself/bemoan oneself/mourn for oneself [Hitpael]”
 נָקַם – naqam – Strongs 5358 – (v) – “seek vengeance/to avenge/take vengeance/revenge/avenge oneself/to entertain revengeful feelings/to suffer vengeance
 שִׁבְעָתַיִם – shibʿathayim – Strongs 7659 – (n . .f dual) – “sevenfold/seven times/seven time as much/a multiple of seven”