Gen 4:15 And 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.
There have been many, many odd thoughts on this, as you will see, and almost every single commentary agrees it was not a literal mark but a sign or miracle.
The Hebrew word is;
Probably from H225 (in the sense of appearing); a signal (literally or figuratively), as a flag, beacon, monument, omen, prodigy, evidence, etc.: - mark, miracle, (en-) sign, token.
A primitive root; properly to come, that is, (impliedly) to assent: - consent.
Now what some commentaries say;
set a mark — not any visible mark or brand on his forehead, but some sign or token of assurance that his life would be preserved. This sign is thought by the best writers to have been a wild ferocity of aspect that rendered him an object of universal horror and avoidance.
And the Lord set a mark upon Cain, &c.— The literal translation is, and the Lord gave to, or placed before Cain a sign, אות aut, σημειον, LXX, that no one who found him should kill him, i.e.. assured him of this by some external mark or miracle. As the Hebrew and the Septuagint clearly agree in this translation, it puts an end at once to all those frivolous inquiries concerning the mark, as it has been called, which God put upon Cain. See Exo_10:1. Isa_66:19; Isa_66:24. It is not improbable, but this sign or miracle was given in the presence of so many, that all were soon informed of the will of the Lord concerning Cain.
And a sign of protection mercifully vouchsafed to him. The whole dealing of the Almighty was calculated to have a softening, conscience-awakening, and hope-inspiring effect on the murderer’s heart.
Dr. Shuckford farther observes that the Hebrew word אית oth, which we translate a mark, signifies a sign or token. Thus, Gen_9:13, the bow was to be לאית leoth, for a sign or token that the world should not be destroyed; therefore the words, And the Lord set a mark upon Cain, should be translated, And the Lord appointed to Cain a token or sign, to convince him that no person should be permitted to slay him.
but as the word is often used for a sign or miracle, perhaps the better rendering and sense of the words may be, "and the Lord put", or "gave a sign" (c); that is, he wrought a miracle before him to assure him, that "whoever found him should not kill him": so that this was not a mark or sign to others, to direct or point out to them that they should not kill him, or to deter them from it; but was a sign or miracle confirming him in this, that no one should kill him; agreeably to which is the note of Aben Ezra,"it is right in my eyes that God made a sign (or wrought a miracle) for him, until he believed;''by which he was assured that his life would be secure, go where he would; even that no one should "strike" (d) him, as the word is, much less kill him.
Total KJV Occurrences: 79
Exo_4:8 (3), Exo_8:23, Exo_13:9, Exo_31:13, Exo_31:17, Num_16:38, Deu_6:8, Deu_11:18, Deu_13:1-2 (2), Deu_28:46, Jos_4:6, Jdg_6:17, 1Sa_2:34, 1Sa_14:10, 2Ki_19:29, 2Ki_20:8-9 (2), Isa_7:11, Isa_7:14, Isa_19:20, Isa_20:3, Isa_37:30, Isa_38:7, Isa_38:22, Isa_55:13, Isa_66:19, Jer_44:29, Eze_4:3, Eze_14:8, Eze_20:12, Eze_20:20
Gen_1:14, Exo_4:9, Exo_4:17, Exo_4:28, Exo_4:30, Exo_7:3, Exo_10:1-2 (2), Num_14:11, Deu_4:34, Deu_6:22, Deu_7:19, Deu_26:8, Deu_29:3, Deu_34:11, Jos_24:17, 1Sa_10:7, 1Sa_10:9, Neh_9:10, Psa_74:4, Psa_74:9, Psa_78:43, Psa_105:27, Isa_8:18, Jer_10:2, Jer_32:20-21
Gen_9:12-13 (2), Gen_9:17, Exo_12:11-13 (3), Exo_13:16, Num_17:10, Jos_2:12, Psa_86:17
Job_21:29, Psa_135:8-9 (2), Isa_44:25
You can see by the Hebrews word meaning and its many uses in the bible, Sign, Signs, Token, Miracle. ensign....not a lit mark . I see some mystical Christians try to make more of this, and now you have the bible, Hebrew, commentary facts, it is not a mystical mark as many think.
To see the difference in a true mark take a look at Ezekiel;
Eze 9:4 And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.
This was a lit mark and this word is used only 3 times.
From H8427; a mark; by implication a signature: - desire, mark.
Total KJV occurrences: 3
A primitive root; to mark out, that is, (primitive) scratch or (definitely) imprint: - scrabble, set [a mark].
Total KJV occurrences: 2
The NT in Revelations concerning the mark of the beast is akin to this Hebrew word.
Rev 14:9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,
Rev 14:11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.
That is the theology of the matter, the message I have ;
Do not take the Mark, do not kill your brother, even in the lords most extreme judgment we see the lords character of Mercy.
We serve a God of Mercy, love, kindness, and yes Judgment, he loves his bride, he wants what is best for us.
In this wild un certain times, we have rest in our lord, comfort and more.
In a way, to fall for all the news and fear mongering that comes out, if we embrace this and not our lord , in a way, we have taken the mark of the media and Programming, programming or re -programming is on the agenda, it will be via the mark, it will be something we should not allow the medias programming do to us. We serve the lord, not the world, not the news, not the wars and rumors of war.
Jesus said in Mat 24, there will be wars and rumors of war, see that you are not afraid, for these things must be, but the end is not by and by.
Meaning not yet, we are in the birth pains, they are increasing, but we are in the birth pains, history is repeating itself and its nothing new, fear not and rest in the lord and do not take mark of fear that the media tries you to take.
I ask you reader, have you been allowing the world to put its mark of depravity and sin on and in you? Turn to Jesus today, allow His blood to blot out all your sins, you can do this today and you will have the Holy Mark of the Lord Jesus in your heart , the lord will see the blood and he will passover you in judgment and show true mercy, the choice is yours, what will you do?