Date: September 29, 2019 ()

Bible Text: Genesis 25:22-34, Genesis 27:34-45, James 4:1-3 |


If we think of sins with the worst consequences, adultery, murder, or theft probably come to mind, but covetousness might not even make the list. This is unfortunate, because Scripture presents covetousness as a sin that has terrible consequences. In this sermon we consider the problems covetousness caused between two brothers: Jacob and Esau. They each coveted in their own way, and it affected their relationship and many others. James 4:1-2 also teaches that problems in relationships are caused by covetousness.

Lesson 1: Jacob reveals that ______________ ___________________ covetousness doesn’t go away with time (Gen 25:22-31; Psa 51:5).

Lesson 2: We’re like Esau if we covet the ________________ more than the __________________ (Gen 25:32-34; Heb 12:16-17; Rom 9:11-12; Phil 3:19).

Lesson 3: Covetousness produces ____________________ (Gen 27:41-42).

Lesson 4: Covetousness __________ __________________________ (Gen 27:43-45; Jam 4:1-2).

Family Worship Guide 

Memory Verse: James 4:1

Day 1: Read Gen 25:22-34, Ps 51:5, and discuss: Did Jacob’s pursuit of Esau’s birthright satisfy his covetousness? Why or why not? How does Jacob demonstrate that covetousness is not something that goes away with time? What is the Biblical solution to covetousness? How did Esaus’s haste to act on his hunger cause him to value spiritual things?

Day 2: Read Heb 12:16, Eph 1:3-4, Heb 11:25, Heb 12:17, and discuss: What sin does Hebrews compare covetousness to? Why is the comparison made? What gifts our promised to us through Jesus Christ? What is the risk of seizing temporary pleasure? Are the effects of temporary sin as fleeting as the sin itself?

Day 3: Phil 3:19, Gen 27:41-42, Heb 12:15 and discuss: How does Paul describe appetites as being a “god”? What is/are the difference(s) between the true God and the appetite we serve? What does covetousness lead to? How does this affect our relationships? How does covetousness impact how we value relationships? How does this contrast with how God values relationships?

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