A Study on Greed
“For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” 1 Timothy 6:10
Definition: A desire for material wealth or gain, ignoring the realm of the spiritual and the trustworthiness of God to provide for all needs in His timing.
Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 21
Greed, sometimes also referred to as avarice or covetousness, has a way of stealing our hearts away from having hearts for God. I hope you enjoy this study as it drinks from a story in scripture that is often not taught on, but which holds a lot of wonderful thirst quenching living water. Enjoy.
Diving In: After reading the scripture referenced above, answer the following questions.
What did Naboth have and what did Ahab want, according to verses 1 and 2?
What was Naboth’s response to Ahab’s request as recorded in verse 3?
After the interaction between Naboth and Ahab, describe what Ahab’s state of mind was? (verse 4)
Who stepped in to rectify Ahab’s delima? (verses 5 & 7)
What transpired after the situation moved into the hands of the one Ahab had confided in about his situation? (verses 8-14)
Did Ahab ask any questions about how Naboth died before taking possession of his new gain? (verses 15-16)
What punishment was prophetized (and later carried out) for Ahab and his accomplice as a result of their greed? (verses 19-24)
Prayer and Scripture Meditation:
Praise Jesus Christ for “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself” (Ephesians 1:7-9).
Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to, you through the scripture in this study, ways you struggle with greed in your life or ways you can deal with greed in the lives of those you know. Additional Scriptures: Matthew 19: 13-26, 1 Timothy 6:3-10, Hebrews 13:5-6, and Philippians 4:10-13
Take time to write down the verses that speak to you.
Pray through them while asking God to restore those areas of your life and the destruction greed has caused in them.
Then seek God and how He is calling you to start the process of reconciliation and healing both in your life and in your heart.