Divegeester loves to taunt me that no one reads my posts. Maybe So lol.
But I sure derive the benefit of diving into the word of God.
The next account is of Cain's
murder of Abel
God judges Cain. But He does not do so before He lovingly encourages Cain that he too can have his offering accepted if he does right.
"And Jehovah said to Cain, Why are you angry, and why has your countenance fallen?
If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door, and his desire is for you, but you must rule over him." (Gen. 4:6,7)
Cain doesn't listen to God's love but stealth-fully murders his brother Abel. God's anger and sadness are manifested with His judging Cain.
Cain doesn't have anything to say except that his punishment is too heavy for him to bear. That is ALL he cares about.
"And now you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother's blood from your hand.
When you till the ground, it will no longer yield its strength to you. You will be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth." (Gen. 4:11-12)
Now get this. Cain's response reminds me of some people's talk about eternal punishment. No repentance is seen for rejecting Christ's death on their behalf. All they can say is like what Cain the first human murderer next replies.
"And Cain said to Jehovah, My punishment is greater than I can bear." (v.13)
The enormity of the offense against God and man is secondary to non-existent in Cain. The ONLY thing he obsesses over is the degree of discomfort HE will have.
"My punishment is greater than I can bear."
Interesting. Too bad nobody is reading or getting any benefit.
Well, God still shows some kind of love in that He forbids any other human being to take vengence on Cain. Captital punishment and human government are still not permitted yet on earth.
"Now You have driven me out this day from the face of the ground, and from Your face I will be hidden, and I will be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth,
and whoever finds me will kill me."
Any sorrow or repentance for what he did to his brothers?
Any asking for forgiveness which I am sure God would have been willing to give? None.
Only thinking of himself and how hard the punishment will be. God on the other hand still extends some kind of mercy to Cain. No one is permitted to take vengeance on HIM by killing HIM as he did to his brother.
"And Jehovah said to him, Therefore whoever kills Cain, vengeance will be taken on him sevenfold. And Jehovah put a mark on Cain so that anyone who found him would not strike him." (v.15)
God's love was manifested simultaneously with God's judgment of condemnation. He can have BOTH divine attributes.