What was the Mark of Cain? And was this mark a blessing or curse? The Book of Genesis does not go into the greatest detail on this but merely mentions that God placed it on Cain to protect him. It was a shield of sorts.
One can read the text of Genesis, chapter four, and see how the various events played out. Cain envied his brother Abel and killed him because God favored Abel and his sacrifice, whereas what Cain sacrificed (grains and plants) were rejected. We see in Genesis 4:10 to 4:14 that Cain is cursed and penalized severely but we can see from verse 15 that the mark placed on him is for his protection and no curse. It is not a further penalty or burden!!!
What was the nature of this mark? Was it a racial difference as some try to say? Was Cain turned into an ugly orgre or a Neanderthal like creature? (some actually say these things.). Most of these speculation are silly! The mark was a good thing and for the protection of Cain, despite his committing murder. One might even wonder if Cain was ultimately redeemed. Certainly the Lord cared for and provided for Cain. We don't hear much more about Cain after some brief genealogies.....
Does the Hebrew text and the early Greek (Septuagint) give us any clues about the mark or sign? The Hebrew for mark in Genesis 4 is oth or ot and is Strongs number 226. This signifies a "mark" or "sign". Note that the final letter for ot is the Hebrew letter Tav, which roughly corresponds to our "T", and up to about 600 BC. this was a cross shaped letter, looking little like the latter squared Hebrew letter. Could the mark that the Lord placed on Cain be a cross? Some have suggested that this letter can alone indicate "covenant". I think this is very likely and that Cain was actually repentant for his sins. The Septuagint text does not seem to help us determine anything extra. The word mark is rendered semion (semeion) or sign. It had to be visible enough to warn others so it was either an actual mark or something clear in Cain's activities. Cain has been demonized down through time but he was probably no more sinful than King David or Saul of Tarsus.
And note the earlier form of the TAV---
And in Hebrew or Jewish translations of the Book of Revelation Yeshua is the Alef and the Tav, because in the Hebrew Alphabet the "Tav" is the final letter and it also represents completion. There is completion in the Cross of Christ Jesus.
A little up dated scripture. No change in the scripture just a change in names to bring it current for this age.
Then Jesus told the crowds and to his disciples, "The supporter of the Adam's Pedigree Chart administer the authority of Moses, So do whatever they tell you and follow it, but stop doing what they do, because they don't do what they say. They tie up burdens that are heavy and unbearable and lay them on people's shoulders, but they refuse to lift a finger to remove them. "They do everything to be seen by people. They increase the size of their phylacteries and lengthen the tassels of their garments. They love to have the places of honor at feasts, the best seats in the churches, to be greeted in the marketplaces, and to be called 'Pastor by people. "But you are not to be called ''Pastor' because you have only one teacher, and all of you are brothers. And don't call anyone on earth 'Father,' because you have only one Father, the one in heaven. Nor are you to be called 'Teachers,' because you have only one teacher, the Messiah! The person who is greatest among you must be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. "How terrible it will be for you, Pastors, you hypocrites! You shut the door to the kingdom from heaven in people's faces. You don't go in yourselves, and you don't allow those who are trying to enter to go in. "How terrible it will be for you, Pastors, you hypocrites! You devour widows' houses and say long prayers to cover it up. Therefore, you will receive greater condemnation! "How terrible it will be for you,Pastors, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to make a single convert, and when this happens you make him twice as fit for hell as you are. "How terrible it will be for you, blind guides! You say, 'Whoever swears an oath by the sanctuary is excused, but whoever swears an oath by the gold of the sanctuary must keep his oath.'
People that support the Adam Pedigree Chart.
@ zomok, steve,
You aren't making fun of me. You are making fun of all the people on this site;that you and your little group have been deceiving and lying to. I am not the one that you have been deceiving.
Comment by Zomok, steve on April 3, 2012 at 1:50am
Protect freedom of speech and opinion..
Comment by Zomok, steve on April 3, 2012 at 1:18am
You have been very civil Dina and that is a good thing.
Comment by ministerKarl on April 2, 2012 at 9:16pm
@friends You are so very right.
Comment by Eloise on April 2, 2012 at 7:48am
So vary true my friend!! God Bless!
Comment by Zomok, steve on April 2, 2012 at 3:33pm
Some people on the site are starting to go overboard again. Lets use care...
Comment by Zomok, steve on February 26, 2012 at 4:14pm
The tongue is like matches in that it can be used for either good or bad.
Comment by Zomok, steve on February 21, 2012 at 5:14am
Speak nice and sweet things...The ancient Odes of Solomon, an early Christian work, is full of beautiful statements. Ode number 40 starts this way--
As the honey drips from the honeycomb, and milk comes from the mother who loves, my hope is upon you my dear lord.
Comment by Abba Akavich Avimelech on February 20, 2012at 9:52pm
Yea, I get all that Steve
Comment by Zomok, steve on February 20, 2012 at 9:25am
When you get right down to it, the tongue can be used for good or bad......but it is a most versatile weapon!!!
Comment by isabel guest on February 20, 2012 at 8:34am
this is a no nonsense blog
Well here are two more that have declined.
Reply by alan walton 47 minutes ago
Royll....you have been proven wrong so many times it ain't funny....the sad thing is is you are just too blind, stubborn ignorant or STUPID to see it.
Reply by Abba Akavich Avimelech 3 hours ago
I thought you were the commander Royll !!!!
This one I am not to sure of yet, but he is included also.
Reply by John Zomok 3 hours ago
The refussers so far:
That is four. I am still waiting on several men and women to reply that belong to their private group.
So far we are beginning to find out who the deceivers and liars have been all the time.
You see what they don't realize is that they are standing up for fourth century Christians, which is the Church and all the members.
Would that say by their none acceptance that everything that people have learned from the Churches has ben nothing but a lie over all these centuries.
Does it mean that nobody that attends the Churches are saved as they have been told.
Does that mean the none in the Churches Have the Holy Spirit as they say.
Does that say that everybody that belongs to the Churches are not going to heaven when Jesus
Does that men that all the numerous site that these people belong to means that they are actually lieing to the members on the sites and leading them in the wrong direction to receive the promise of eternal salvation.
You people have a lot on the line here both the males and females that have been constanly deceiving everybody.