I feel like some readers might have expected a cartoon depicting the murder of Abel at the hands of Cain. Those readers are a bit morbid. This isn’t that kind of web comic. We only kill of fictional animals in this kind.

Follow along in Genesis 4:8-16:

Now Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go out to the field.” While they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.

Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?”

“I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?”

The Lord said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground.  Now you are under a curse and driven from the ground, which opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand.  When you work the ground, it will no longer yield its crops for you. You will be a restless wanderer on the earth.”

Cain said to the Lord, “My punishment is more than I can bear.  Today you are driving me from the land, and I will be hidden from your presence; I will be a restless wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me.”

But the Lord said to him, “Not so; anyone who kills Cain will suffer vengeance seven times over.” Then the Lord put a mark on Cain so that no one who found him would kill him.  So Cain went out from the Lord’s presence and lived in the land of Nod, east of Eden.

See God expressing His character in contrast to ours so early on in His story? His children disobey, they hide, they place blame, they get angry, they pout, they deceive, they murder, and they feel sorry for themselves. The list goes on and it even gets worse, yet He shows pity on us because He loves us so much. If nothing else, be thankful for that this weekend.