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“And the Lord set a mark upon Cain… (vs.15)”

The mark of Cain is a sign just as servants of God shall bear ‘his name in their foreheads.’(Re.22:4). This sign ties up with the Word

What is the word forever settled in heaven? (Ps.119:89). Does it not serve as a sign? Yes indeed.

The Word as the Light

When the Holy Spirit writes that God separated Light and divided darkness from light (Ge.1:3) he is telling us two things: glory of the Word as a warning and also of God the Son. (Jn.1.1)

Symbolism of the mark of Cain refers to ‘thy word forever settled in heaven.’ It is grace. As it is in heaven grace shall be sent to the earth with the Advent of the Son. It was the earnest of glory that was to manifest upon all mankind. “For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now (Ro.8:22)”. St Paul is not discussing of the past but of some distant future. “For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God (Ro.8:19)”. The mark is at once a sign as well as a symbol, fulfilled partly with the Advent of Jesus Christ. It also looks ahead to the manifestation of the sons of God.

Invisible things of God are thus made manifest: ‘from the creation of the world are clearly seen and being understood by the things that are made (Ro.1:20)’ refers to the Word as a sign.

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“And Cain went out from the presence of the Lord, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden…And he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch (vs.16-17).”

Cities are generally where people gravitate to, and no wonder for man like Cain, a city is built after his image. He was a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth but he negotiated his way through strangers and finally he settled down. He named the city after his son. The mark must have helped him in preserving in his enterprise and by the same token, the mark would have made an impression on the populace. Glory of God can cause reverence for his Name to spring forth in opportune moment and unlikely places. “Then began men to call upon the name of the Lord (4:26).” indicates God’s care for His creation in whatever state they might be. He scattered His glory about in the Creation Day and it cannot be ever lost completely though sin even in its vilest form holds forth. The Sovereign Lord shall achieve his Will. Considering that Patriarch Abraham was called out of Ur, a city of the Chaldeans it is most likely. The Lord God has left his Name about so that Hagar big with child would be heard in her affliction. “And she called the name of the Lord, that spake unto her (Ge.16:13).”Throughout the scripture it has been so.

Dispersion of Jews during the Babylonian Captivity and the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70 were calamities to the Jewish nation. Their dispersion over the centuries created communities in the Asia Minor and beyond. Their industry and strong sense of identity kept their culture and traditions alive wherever they settled. These were the bases for earliest Jewish Christian converts to stop over and spread the new religion. Of the great many itinerant preachers St Paul being of pre-eminent, could travel throughout the Roman Empire because of his Roman citizenship allowed him many privileges others did not have. God did foresee, is it not? Glory of God when it is translated into active mode the earth shall have a form and creatures small or big shall know God does feed them. In man also He has set faculties to know him. Conscience is palpable and can respond to moral issues. “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end (Eccl.3:11-NIV)”. History of nations may move on without trust in God’s leading and yet God cannot foreswear his mercy or his Nature. Man’s sense of time and God’s Time differ greatly. The risen Christ in giving the Great Commission to his apostles relied on his Father. His Word forever settled in heaven was the testimony that made Agrippa quake with fear and he knew he was telling truth. (Ac.26:28).

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