Simple message about a “mark”.
Mark of Cain, mark of the beast. Not tattoos, but character traits.
In science, the term “genetic marker” is applied to a particular DNA sequence that can be used to trace an organism’s origins; to point to where it came from. In scripture, marks are also useful to define origins and traits. But not physical origins and traits. Rather, spiritual origins and traits. The traits are not physical, and neither are the markers.
[1Co 2:14-15 KJV] ” But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know [them], because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is judged of no man”.
In Genesis we read of two brothers, as genetically close as two humans can be. One chose faith in what God said. Abel’s offering of a spotless lamb of the flock was symbolic of his belief that one would be born to the race that would redeem the race. Cain’s offering was of the fruit of the ground, produced with sweat and toil. In this, it is evident that Cain believed in his own ability to bring order out of chaos. It is a direct disregarding of what God had said concerning man, “cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return”. Cain not only disregards the fact that redemption was in the hand of one who would come, but offers to God, the result of his own efforts to bring order from chaos, offering the result of his own work in the accursed ground. God gives Cain space to turn himself: ” If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lies at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him”. Cain then talks with Abel in the field: “And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him”.
Today you may plainly see these two things at work. Faith and dead works. The good and true news of the savior does nothing to quench the anger of fallen man, who will strike out at both the message and the messenger.
Cain the murderer is driven from the presence of God. He produces offspring. He makes a curious statement: “And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear.Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that finds me shall slay me”. The wording is very significant. In saying everyone that finds him will slay him, Cain is thinking not of himself individually, but of all who would be of his line.
“And the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slays Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a MARK upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him”.
What is this mark? how is it discerned? The clues follow immediately. Cain is driven from the presence of God, into a land of wandering. There he produces his first son, Enoch (not to be confused with Enoch, the man of faith,who walked with God). This Enoch is a phony. The name Enoch implies the place where the Lord will inaugurate you. This phony Enoch had a city built and named for him, and it was populated with the offspring of Cain, and most notably, those offspring became the movers and shapers of all that was done, they were the self appointed leaders. Therein is the “mark” seen. It is visible to this very day.
What is the purpose of this mark? to save Cain’s offspring? Yes, but in a unique way. Because Vengeance belongs to the Lord. So, they who can see the mark of the Murderer, can see it for their own sakes. So they know not to become like Cain, and murder. Cain will be dealt with, but by God, and God alone. Not me. All it is in my hands to do, is tell you of God’s salvation in His Son, the one He spoke of from the beginning.
This mark is not genetic, but spiritual. Anyone who embraces it, namely putting faith in man, and man’s ways, may be delivered from it. As God said to Cain, “if you do well, will you not be accepted?”. Who is he that overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God (1John 5:5). That is how Abel overcame. It is possible to have the old nature replaced with the nature of God in Christ. It is facilitated in faith:
” [2Co 4:5-7 KJV] … For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to [give] the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us”.
In Christ, you are translated from one place and way, to another:
[Col 1:12-17 KJV]… Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated [us] into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, [even] the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether [they be] thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
The book of Revelation also speaks of the MARK of the beast. This too, is no physical mark: no tattoo. It is visible and discernible today. It is found by examining what springs from the mind of an individual, and from his or her hand…what he or she finds mental agreement with, and so, affords involvement to. It too, can be replaced with a new mark, a new name and a new identity:
[Rev 3:12 KJV] Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, [which is] new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and [I will write upon him] my new name.
These are perilous times. Yet the same things are at work, as from the beginning. Faith in God and in Jesus, whom he promised (and who is now come), or faith in man’s ability to redeem himself through “enlightened” leaders (who walk in complete darkness to this very day).
If a fallen man or woman does well, he or she will be accepted. That is the opportunity given Cain, and given everyone. But if they “do not well”, sin lies at the door…murder and revenge are on the threshold, ready to reign.
How do I “do well”? Believe God, believe Jesus who He sent. He is the one.