Genesis 4:13–16 (ESV)
Cain and Abel (Part 3)
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.
Not only is Cain
kicked out of the land, but he is separated from God. This is why he claims “My punishment is greater than I can bear.” I could deal with having to move from the area, but being separated from God would be the worst of all punishment.
The Lutheran Study Bible states: Just as Adam was expelled from God’s presence when he was forced out of the Garden of Eden, so Cain interprets his being forced off the land as an expulsion from God’s presence. Separation from God is the most severe
aspect of divine judgment.”
I pray: O Lord, please don’t ever hide your face from me. I don’t want to be separated from you. I
repent and want to do better. Help me to give with a cheerful heart and a right spirit, and to humbly repent of my sins. You are my Lord and my God. Amen.