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Immediately after Cain murdered Abel God punished him. Listen to the dialogue between God and Cain:

And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand; 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. And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear. 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. 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. And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden. (Genesis 4:11-16) 

We are not told what “mark” it was, but for sure it was not a good mark that he gained. He was marked as the first murderer of planet earth; he was marked to be identified by all as the wicked one. John the apostle wrote:

Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. (1 John 3:12)

Jude said regarding the people who follow Cain’s footsteps:

Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain. (Jude 1:11)

It was a mark of woe! But that mark, which identified him to be the murderer, would be a blessing to him. Because of that mark, he would be spared from being murdered. Isn’t God good? It says:

And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him. (Genesis 4:15)

Whose mark do we bear? Whose footsteps do we follow? Paul talked about the marks he had:

From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus. (Galatians 6:17)

For sure Paul was thinking of Cain when he wrote this statement.

Cain was spared because of the mark the Lord placed on him, and Paul was requesting the church of Galatia not to trouble him because he bears the “marks”, not that of Cain the murderer, but of Christ who was murdered by all humanity, and for all humanity- the marks of salvation!

All humanity is either having the mark of Cain or the mark of Christ. Very soon the whole world will be marked either with the”seal of God” or the “mark of the beast” (Revelation 7:1-3; 13:15-18). Let us all love Christ and follow His ways, and we will be “marked” for life, and not for death!