Daily Bible Reading “Cain – A Marked Man” (Genesis 4:9-15)

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Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Genesis 4:9-15. In this passage, the LORD questioned Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” Cain answered, “I don’t know: Am I my brother’s keeper?” Cain just came right out and lied to the LORD. Surely, Cain didn’t think he could hide what he had done to his brother from the LORD! Are we ever guilty of trying to hide the things we do from God, even though we know that He knows all along?

God asked, “What have you done?” The voice of your brother’s blood cried unto me from the ground. God already knew what happened to Abel.

The LORD God told Cain, “Now you are cursed from the earth, which has opened her mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand; when you till the ground, it will no longer yield to you her strength. You will be a fugitive and a vagabond from this day forward.”

Cain cried out to the LORD, “My punishment is more than I can bear.” Today, you have driven me from the face of the earth. You have also hidden your face from me. I will be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth, and anyone who finds me will kill me.

The LORD declared to Cain, “If someone slays you, vengeance will be taken on him seven times.” The LORD put a mark on Cain, to prevent anyone who found him from taking his life.

God could have struck Cain dead, if He wanted to, but, He didn’t. He granted grace and mercy to Cain. He even put a price on Cain’s head to keep anyone else from killing him.

Sometimes when bad things happen we want to take revenge for them ourselves. In Romans 12:19 we are told, “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.”


Daily Bible Reading:

Genesis 4:9-15

9 And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper?

10 And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground.

11 And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand;

12 When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.

13 And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear.

14 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 findeth me shall slay me.

15 And the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.


Things to think about:

  • What did Cain tell God when God asked him about his brother?
  • What sentence did God pass down to Cain for killing his brother?
  • What was Cain’s response?
  • Has there ever been a time in your life when you felt like taking vengeance on someone who had done something wrong?
  • What kind of mark did God put on Cain to keep others from killing him?


Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

As we read and study this passage help us to realize that there is a price to be paid for any wrong that we do. Help us to know that it is not our place to take vengeance on others for the wrong that they do. Give us strength when dealing with situations like this. Help us to come to You for comfort and wisdom. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.


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