Monday, June 11, 2018

This week's lesson (June 9-15): God's seal or the Beast's mark?

God's seal is a sign of His love and protection . . . 

Until it's not.

Think of Cain, for instance - the man who murders his brother, then whines that someone might go after him for what he's done.

"Not going to happen," said God. "I'm putting my mark on Cain so that everyone knows he's under my protection - and anyone who messes with him gets it back from me times seven."

Well and good - but then one of Cain's descendants by the name of Lamech goes and kills a man . . . 

Then he claims the same protection God gave Cain (only more so).

"I have killed a man for wounding me," he says, "a young man for injuring me. If Cain is avenged seven times, then Lamech [is avenged] seventy-seven times."

Which is not a nice thing to say.

In fact, the way he turns a sign of God's love into an excuse for vengeance is downright "beastly."

And no, there was nothing wrong with God's gift to Cain; like all of God's gifts, it was a blessing.

But any blessing can be turned into a curse.

And given Lamech's example, I suspect that any "Seal of God" can be turned into a "Mark of the Beast."

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