The Flesh and the Cainite Mark

What are we to say of the flesh, the sarkos, that blanket of filth, urine, waste, and vomit that has accompanied humanity since the sin of Cain?

The flesh is neither warm nor cold. It does not glow. It only bears the shame of the lie that is marked by the ash placed on the forehead of Cain. And when the ash was stirred up and wiped across Cain’s forehead, a voice said, “Do not return to this place.”

Then the flesh increased seventy times seven, then seventy times seven thousand. The Cainite mark persists as a mark of scorn. Now, this sign on the forehead is the seat of fury; it animates the flesh to behave according to the will of nature, which, as some have said, is scabbed around the tooth and claw, bloodstained about the teeth. Nature grins like a raven picking out the tender eyes of Aaron’s snake. And this is the lot of Cain: to feed on the flesh, to feed according to the flesh, and grin before YHWH in rebellion. Yet YHWH says, “If anyone kills Cain, he will suffer vengeance seven times over.”

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5 comments on “The Flesh and the Cainite Mark

  1. Shamgar, Son of Anath says:

    Tum podex carmen extulit horridulum.

  2. Johannes Anti-Hominem says:

    Now, brothers, if I come to you speaking in tongues, how will I benefit you unless I bring you some revelation or knowledge or prophecy or teaching? If even lifeless instruments, such as the flute or the harp, do not give distinct notes, how will anyone know what is played? And if the bugle gives an indistinct sound, who will get ready for battle? So with yourselves, if with your tongue you utter speech that is not intelligible, how will anyone know what is said? For you will be speaking into the air. There are doubtless many different languages in the world, and none is without meaning, but if I do not know the meaning of the language, I will be a foreigner to the speaker and the speaker a foreigner to me. So with yourselves, since you are eager for manifestations of the Spirit, strive to excel in building up the church.

    Therefore, one who speaks in a tongue should pray for the power to interpret.

    – from Saul’s second epistle to Corinth

  3. Ehud says:

    EGO reputo vos protestor nimium.

  4. Shamgar, Son of Anath says:

    Indeed. Plumbeus expellas furca, tamen usque recurret.

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