Rule Over It

12 When you work the ground, it shall no longer yield to you its strength. You shall be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth.” 13 Cain said to the Lord, “My punishment is greater than I can bear. 14 Behold, you have driven me today away from the ground, and from your face, I shall be hidden. I shall be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me.” 15 Then the Lord said to him, “Not so! If anyone kills Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold.” And the Lord put a mark on Cain, lest any who found him should attack him. 16 Then Cain went away from the presence of the Lord and settled in the land of Nod, east of Eden. ~ Genesis 4:12-16

Isn’t it interesting that even though Cain killed his own brother, his twin, God refused to allow anyone to kill him? God removed Cain from His presence and cursed him to be a wanderer and a fugitive, but yet took the time to mark his forehead so that no one would be able to kill him.

Isn’t that like God is with us today? We sin, we leave his presence, but we are protected from those who would murder us. And if someone kills us, vengeance would be taken on them sevenfold. But it’s not just physical death that that’s for, it’s for spiritual death.

When we cause someone to sin, to leave the presence of God, to blatantly disobey the bible so they can live whatever life they want, we are killing them. Spiritual death. The worst kind of death, because very few return from spiritual death. The majority of mankind die from this. But yet if someone leads another astray, they will have that person’s blood on their hands. Just like if anyone killed Cain vengeance would be sevenfold on them, same here, you would become responsible for the blood of those whom you have deceived, and vengeance would be taken upon you.

So, what’s the point? Don’t let another lead you astray, and don’t lead another astray. Hold fast to God’s words in Genesis 4:7, “If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”

Peace. Love. Go Forth and Rule Over It.

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