The Mark of Hell
21st January 2017
When you till the ground, it shall no longer yield its strength to you. A fugitive and a vagabond you shall be on the earth. And Cain said to the Lord, “My punishment is greater than I can bear! Surely You have driven me out this day from the face of the ground; I shall be hidden from Your face; I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond on the earth, and it will happen that anyone who finds me will kill me.” And the Lord said to him, “Therefore, whoever kills Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold.” And the Lord set a mark on Cain, lest anyone finding him should kill him.
I was meditating on this passage and kept asking myself: Why didn’t God kill Cain to avenge what he did to Abel? Would that not be an act of justice for what he did?
However, the Holy Spirit gave me a revelation about this: God preferred to put a “mark” on him, so that wherever he went everyone would see it. He would be shamed everywhere, even those who had never heard of him would know that there was something wrong with him, because that “mark” would single him out anywhere. That humiliation was worse than death.
God avenged Abel by marking Cain with this humiliation every day of his life, hoping that he would repent of what he did, which apparently did not happen.
This brings me to the situation of so many people today, including those who are considered servants of God whose offerings have been rejected by God, like Cain, because they have not put all their souls in what they do. There is no blood, no life in their offering! They are indolent, deceitful, feigned, and only show an appearance of holiness, and live the opposite of the Word of God.
In front of everyone and the institution they are one thing, but behind they are another. They try to demonstrate that they serve the Altar, and those who see them even think they are of God, but when we look into their lives they are continuously failing. There is no growth in any area, only failure after another. They end up being a shame to the Gospel, wandering from one place to another, aimlessly, without direction, envious, trying at all costs to kill the “Abels” that grow and develop.
Isn’t this considered the “Mark of Cain”? Even for those who do not know them it is clear that the mark of hell is stamped on them. Hate and envy are part of their life.
God could even wipe these people out of the face of the earth, but He leaves them, like Cain, so that they may be humiliated everywhere they go, running and wandering until the day they repent or die in their deceit and sin!
The power of decision is in our hands. My ministry, my marriage, my life will be the reflection of the offering I have offered on the Altar of God, because what we offer either justifies or condemns us. It solely depends on me. No one else can be held accountable for what I offer.
Ps. Be careful with the “Cains” that go around, spreading their venom of envy and hatred, trying to get you, just like them, to bear the Mark of Hell.
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Bishop Edir Macedo