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Why wasn't Cain's punishment death?


Genesis 4:14

ESV - 14 Behold, you have driven me today away from the ground, and from your face I shall be hidden. I shall be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me.

Clarify Share Report Asked July 01 2013 Mini Anonymous (via GotQuestions)

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Shea S. Michael Houdmann Supporter Got Questions Ministries
After Cain killed his brother Abel, God gave the following judgment to Cain: "And now you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother's blood from your hand. When...

July 01 2013 2 responses Vote Up Share Report

20230618 192834 Donna Williams
In my opinion the story of Cain is a depiction of the grace and mercy of God. We all as sinners deserved the death penalty, but God did not reward us according to what our sins deserved. 

I am grateful for the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ and the atonement that was made for my sins.

January 24 2020 1 response Vote Up Share Report

Mini Kenneth Heck
Although Cain himself didn't receive the death penalty, his line was totally terminated with the Deluge. Seth's line barely survived through the eight persons in the Ark.

July 24 2016 1 response Vote Up Share Report

Mini robert hough
First, Cain, being the offspring of Adam, was already under the curse of death 

Secondly, God had not given / revealed the "LAW" which included " a life for a life". It wouldn't be "just" for God to apply a "sentence" (of PHYSICAL death) based upon a commandment that was still "hidden", not to be revealed until a later dispensation (LAW). 

In order to comprehend this answer, you must understand that
God's dealings with mankind, as explained in the Bible, changes over time. It is a "dispensational" (in my opinion, the only correct method) understanding of Scripture.

April 11 2021 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

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