Summary of Genesis 4:13-16:
Cain protests his punishment to God, saying he won’t be able to bear it and he’ll be killed (which, no offense, seems just retribution to me). God, once again in His infinite mercy, puts a mark upon Cain so that no one will harm him. So Cain is exiled to the land of Nod, east of Eden.
BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 4, Day 4: Genesis 4:13-16
11) He’s a victim. Everyone is against him. Life is not fair, and he’s complaining about it.
12) Personal Question. My answer: I think I accept it much better than Cain. Confess and be forgiven then you move on with life, trying to do better and be better. That’s all God asks of us as we move towards Him.
13) Personal Question. My answer: God is infinitely merciful. It’s comforting to know that no matter how sinful I am, God is there, holding me up, forgiving me, and still caring for me.
Conclusions BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 4, Day 4: Genesis 4:13-16
I don’t feel sorry for Cain and his victim mentality. He still is being cared for by the Lord when he did deserve death as well. Wondering who these “others” are who will kill him and where they cam from. I also always thought the mark of Cain was a bad thing because of what Cain did and his sin. Turns out, the mark of Cain is God’s protection over him.
End Notes BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 4, Day 4: Genesis 4:13-16
Still, Cain has no remorse. He’s mad about his punishment, not that his brother is dead by his hand. This is so many people today. They hate that there are consequences for their sin; they don’t hate the sin itself.
Cain could not die; after all, there was not a lot of people on earth.
No one knows what this mark was God placed on Cain.
Future note: We’ll learn in Genesis 5:4 that Adam had other sons and daughters, which could be the “others” Cain was talking about. Remember that Adam and Eve lived hundreds of years. This means that Cain’s future relatives could kill him.
Credit to enduring word for commentary