Restless

Restless

Cain has committed great sin - a betrayal of family…an act of rage out of jealousy…the first time in the Scriptures when we see one human take the life a fellow divine image bearer. And while God spares Cain’s life, his punishment involves a geographical displacement. He is banished, just as his parents were from the Garden of Eden when they sinned. But his exile is to the land of Nod, even farther to the east of Eden (Genesis 4:16). Movement eastward in the Bible often captures a movement away from God. Many generations later, the remnant of the descendants of Abraham would make a similar trek eastward in exile, far away from the intended land of rest and sanctuary for God’s presence. Cain was displaced a great distance from Eden, Israel a great distance from Canaan. The sins of each had led to the respective curses, and one of God’s descriptions of Cain’s exilic journey was that he would be “a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth” (4:12, 14). The message is clear. Life outside of God’s intended space is, in a word, RESTLESS. 

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