Genesis 4:16 is one of the saddest verses in all of Genesis. “Then Cain went away from the presence of the Lord and settled in the land of Nod, east of Eden.“ God loved Cain. When Cain worshiped God incorrectly, God ran to him, showed him how he was wrong, and warned him of the danger of sin.
Instead of repenting…the attitudes and emotions we saw in Cain were anger, bitterness, and hatred. Cain chose to harden his heart, and he grew bitter against his brother until Cain murdered him.
But even then, God did not throw Cain out from his presence. Cain went away. Cain walked away from presence of God. In this, Cain is an example to us of the dangers of a hardened heart. Unrepentant hard hearted people live outside the presence of God.
But what about those who walk closely with God? What about people who love the Lord, who align their thoughts, attitudes, and actions with those of God? What happens to them? Well, I am so glad you asked…
Turn to the end of Genesis 4.