When the culprit is found there is a great sense of fulfillment.
Reference: But the Lord said to him, “Not so; anyone who kills Cain will suffer vengeance seven times over.” Then the Lord put a mark on Cain so that no one who found him would kill him. (Genesis 4:15 NIV)
Explore: I love the end of a crime show. They tend to always find the criminal and justice is served.
It usually takes them awhile, and they often accuse innocent people in the process, but when the culprit is found there is a great sense of completion and fulfilment.
Application: It only takes three chapters of the Bible until God needs to serve justice. And by the fourth a heinous crime occurs.
I wonder if God started to question His creation at that point! But after reading through Genesis 4 again, I realised it was the beginning of God showing amazing grace to humanity.
Even though Cain had killed his own brother, God places a mark on Cain so he would not be murdered. Even in today’s standards that’s incredible forgiveness.
And while I don’t know why God showed such incredible grace, it gives us great hope for our own lives. No matter what we do, God covers us with His mark of love and grace. Let’s not forget His capacity to do so.
Prayer: Lord, thank You for covering us with Your love and grace in every circumstance. Amen.
When has God shown you grace?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.