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Mark of the Lamb
Do not harm the land or the sea or the trees until we put a seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God. (Revelation 7:3)
Branding Tamar With Fire
“About three months passed, and Judah was told, ‘Your daughter-in-law, Tamar, is behaving loosely, and, as a result, has become pregnant.’ Judah replied: ‘Take her out and have her burned.’” (Genesis 33:18)
“You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor tattoo any marks on you.” (Leviticus 19:28, NKJV)
The Mark of the Tau
Rab. Aha ben Hanina said: God said to Gabriel (Ezekiel 9:4), ‘Go and mark a Tau of ink upon the foreheads of the righteous, so that the angel of destruction may have no power over them. But mark a Tau of blood upon the forehead of the wicked, so that the angel of destruction may have power over them.’ Then the Attribute of Justice said to God, ‘How do the former differ from the latter?’ God replied, ‘The former are completely righteous, the latter are completely wicked.’ The Attribute said, ‘The former could have rebuked [prevented] the latter, and they did not do so.’ God replied, ‘I know that they would not have accepted reproof.’ The Attribute of Justice said, ‘Though you may know it, did the righteous know it?’ [This means that some responsibility rests upon the righteous for the sins of the wicked.] As it is said, ‘The aged, the young, the virgin, infants and women, shall ye slay for the destroyer, but to none shall ye draw nigh that has the mark (Tau) upon him, and with my sanctuary shall ye begin’ (Ezekiel 9:6). Rab. Joseph said: Read not ‘my sanctuary’ [mikdashi] but ‘my consecrated ones’ [mekuddashai] these are the men who have fulfilled all the Torah from Aleph to Tau (beginning to end) (cp. R.T. pp. 271, 272, 166, 167). (Sab. 55a.)
Branded Like Cain
In common, I suppose, with most very young people, I used to believe that God caused a red mark (I always imagined it was in the form of a X) to appear on Cain’s forehead, and that this mark could be seen by all and sundry, who would know why Cain carried that curious mark on his face. I suspect that this idea must have been advanced during Scripture lessons in the primary schools in many areas, for I have encountered the idea many times in recent years among adult but uncritical Bible readers.