Journey in the Word: Cain the First Murderer

Week 4

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.

About Steve Harper

Dr. Steve Harper is retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 45 books. He is also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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1 Response to Journey in the Word: Cain the First Murderer

  1. Ed says:

    So True…!
    “but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. ” (James 1:14-15 NIV)

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