Read: Genesis 4:8
The situation which gave rise to Cain’s murder of his brother is difficult to determine. Stott points out that scholars have come up with various explanations.
But the result is not subject to misunderstanding. Jealousy became anger, and anger turned into murder.
There is a “downward spiral” which sin initiates. If we do not confess our sins at the earliest possible moment, things can go from bad to worse.
Whatever else this story may teach us, it exhorts us to put out the fire of sin when it is the wastebasket, rather than waiting until it is consuming the house.