Sin Found Out

Genesis 4:9-269And the Lord said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother's keeper? 10And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground. 11And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother's blood from thy hand; 12When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth. 13And Cain said unto the Lord, My punishment is greater than I can bear. 14Behold, 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. 15And 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. 16And Cain went out from the presence of the Lord, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden. 17And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch. 18And unto Enoch was born Irad: and Irad begat Mehujael: and Mehujael begat Methusael: and Methusael begat Lamech. 19And Lamech took unto him two wives: the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah. 20And Adah bare Jabal: he was the father of such as dwell in tents, and of such as have cattle. 21And his brother's name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ. 22And Zillah, she also bare Tubal-cain, an instructor of every artificer in brass and iron: and the sister of Tubal-cain was Naamah. 23And Lamech said unto his wives, Adah and Zillah, Hear my voice; ye wives of Lamech, hearken unto my speech: for I have slain a man to my wounding, and a young man to my hurt. 24If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, truly Lamech seventy and sevenfold. 25And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew. 26And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the Lord. (Genesis 4:9‑26)
One day when Cain was out in the field with Abel his brother, he became so angry that he killed him. What a terrible thing to do! He did not seem to realize that God was watching him, but let us remember He sees everything we do. You may be able to hide things from others, and perhaps from your parents, but you cannot hide anything from God.
For He sees what we do,
And He hears what we say,
My Lord is watching
All the time, time, time.
And although God sees and hears everything, He loves us. He does not love our sins, but He loves us and wants to cleanse us from all our sins.
After Cain murdered his brother, the Lord asked him where Abel was. Cain replied, “I know not: am I my brother’s keeper?” This was a lie to God, for he did know where his brother was. He had killed Abel, and he tried to cover up his sin by telling a lie. Have you ever done something you knew to be wrong and then tried to cover it up by telling a lie? You often end up by telling two or three lies! When you do one wrong thing, then Satan tries to catch you in his net and lead you on in a sinful path. Only the Lord Jesus can set you free, and He will, if you come to Him telling Him “all the truth.” Here is a good verse to remember at all times, “Be sure your sin will find you out” (Numbers 32:2323But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the Lord: and be sure your sin will find you out. (Numbers 32:23)). Don’t try to cover things up, children; confess them at once.
Cain’s Punishment
God told Cain that he was to be a fugitive and a vagabond (a wanderer) in the earth. Cain did not like the punishment, and he was very sorry about it, but not for his sin. Many people today are much like Cain. They are very sorry when they are found out, and even cry when they are pun­ished, but they have never really re­pented before God. Dear young reader, have you ever taken your place as a guilty sinner before God? This is true repentance, and the moment you do this, and trust in the work the Lord Jesus has done for you, you will be saved.
Then Cain went out from the pres­ence of the Lord and built a city. He was trying to make himself happy away from God. This is just exactly what the world is today. It has so many attractions for your young heart, to make you forget the Lord in a whirl of pleasure and excitement. In the city which Cain built, there were harps and organs and all kinds of beautiful things made from brass and iron, but let us not forget where it was. It was “out from the presence of the Lord.” It is the same world today, and Satan is its god and prince. Just as Cain’s city was later destroyed by a flood, so there is a day near at hand when this poor world will be burned up. Here are two verses for us to consider. “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth ... But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven” (Matthew 6:19-2019Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: (Matthew 6:19‑20)).
Further Meditation
1. What punishment did God give for Cain’s sin?
2. Why is lying such a serious thing to God? You can find one example of how God dealt with lying in Acts 5. What made the punishment so severe on that occasion.
3. You might find additional help on this story from the Audio CD Adam, Cain and Abel, Enoch and Noah: From Notes on Genesis, Genesis 3-5 by C. H. Mackintosh.