A. We have discussed how that elders cannot be greedy of filthy lucre (I Timothy 3:3 and Titus 1:7).
- The subject matters of covetousness and being greedy of filthy lucre are very closely related (Proverbs 21:25-26).
- The principles can be taught together (Luke 16:10-15).
- On the one hand, you have a person who is greedy for money which makes them evil and naturally predatory (Proverbs 1:10-19).
- On the other hand, you have a person looking at things that belong to others [when considering coveting] (Exodus 20:17).
II. Body: Not Covetous (I Timothy 3:3).
A. The word translated “covetous” in I Timothy 3:3 means: “without covetousness, not greedy of filthy lucre. Not loving money, not avaricious” (Strong’s # 866).
- The only other time this exact Greek word is used in the New Testament is in Hebrews 13:5.
- As we discuss a person that covets (Romans 13:9-10), as it is stated throughout the Scriptures, we should consider how such involves looking at what others posses and desiring it (Deuteronomy 5:21).
- They want what you have and might seek to abuse their authority to somehow gain it (I Kings 21:1-29).
- False religious leaders have long been guilty of such things (Mark 12:38-40).
- They might press for you give more on the first day of the week not for the right reasons (II Corinthians 9:6-7), but to get your money (Matthew 21:12-13 and John 12:1-6).
- Covetousness is something people use flattering words to conceal, especially when they are in a teaching role (I Thessalonians 2:1-5).
- What if an elder were to covet, take, and sin in the process. Couldn’t that have an effect on more than just him too (Joshua 7:1-26)?
- How can someone with a heart problem be a servant of God at all (Psalms 24:1-5, Psalms 73:1, and Matthew 5:8)?
- Where do heart problems lead (II Chronicles 12:13-14, Jeremiah 16:12, and Hebrews 3:12).
- Following someone’s proper lead could show you a life to covet after spiritually (Philippians 3:17).
- A zealous affection can be in a good thing (Galatians 4:18).
III. Conclusion: What’s it say of a person who covets things (Psalms 10:1-12)?
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