Wednesday, May 21, 2008

The Why of It All

11 Now, therefore, cursed shalt thou be upon the earth, which hath opened her mouth and received the blood of thy brother at thy hand. 12 When thou shalt till it, it shall not yield to thee its fruit: a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be upon the earth. 13 And Cain said to the Lord: My iniquity is greater than that I may deserve pardon. 14 Behold thou dost cast me out this day from the face of the earth, and I shall be hidden from thy face, and I shall be a vagabond and a fugitive on the earth: every one, therefore, that findeth me, shall kill me. 15 And the Lord said to him: No, it shall not be so: but whosoever shall kill Cain, shall be punished sevenfold. And the Lord set a mark upon Cain, that whosoever found him should not kill him.

16 And Cain went out from the face of the Lord, and dwelt as a fugitive on the earth, at the east side of Eden. 17 And Cain knew his wife, and she conceived, and brought forth Henoch: and he built a city, and called the name thereof by the name of his son Henoch. 18 And Henoch begot Irad, and Irad begot Maviael, and Maviael begot Mathusael, and Mathusael begot Lamech: 19 Who took two wives: the name of the one was Ada, and the name of the other Sella. 20 And Ada brought forth Jabel: who was the father of such as dwell in tents, and of herdsmen.
Genesis 4:11-20

Cain's guilt over what he had done set him apart for the duration of his life. We all know what sin does to a soul, it it as Cain had spoken. He knew more than anything the price of what he did and what he would go through after. But even though God stated his punishment to Cain, he didn't take away his life because of his sin. Many have asked this question in our own time, why does God keep those who cause hurt and suffering, those who kill and do all sorts of abominations. Why does he let the innocent suffer and die at the hands of others. Yet, when another causes hurt and suffering, what is the worst punishment than death itself. It is living, not in the way of which we live, but with the knowledge of committing a grave error and living with it. No matter how hard others attempt to kill the torment that is his, it will not die. Only through God can forgiveness be given. God loved Cain enough to forgive him but loved enough to also punish him for taking a life away. Our own will often kills the treasure that lies within, living a life as a fugitive cast away from God.

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