Date: October 13, 2019 (Worship Service)
Bible Text: 2 Kings 5:20b-25 | Pastor Scott LaPierre
Series: Beware of Covetousness
Elisha’s servant, Gehazi, shares many similarities with Judas. He could be viewed as the Judas of the Old Testament. They both justified their covetousness, hid their covetousness, and made covetousness their master. In Matthew 6:24 Jesus said, “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” That’s what happened with Gehazi and Judas. They coveted money. They couldn’t serve their masters (Elisha and Jesus) and money, so they served money.
Note: Parts I-III of Lesson 1 are from Part I.
Lesson 1: Gehazi and Judas:
- (Part I) Justified their covetousness (2 Kin 5:20; Jam 1:13; John 12:4-6).
- (Part II) Hid their covetousness (2 Kin 4:27-31; Matt 26:21-22).
- (Part III) Made covetousness their master (Matt 6:24, 26:25, 49).
- (Part IV) Were like “____________ ______________ at sea” (Heb 12:15; Luke 16:29-31)
- (Part V) Were __________________ ___________________ (2 Kin 5:20; Matt 26:25; Jer 17:9-10; Psa 139:23-24)
Lesson 2: God faithfully __________ ____ (2 Kin 5:21; 1 Cor 10:13; 2 Sam 11:3).
Lesson 3: Covetousness __________ ____ other sins (2 Kin 5:22-23).
Lesson 4: ____________ to ________ is often a sign of compromise (2 Kin 5:24).
Lesson 5: Believers ____________ at __________ in their sins (Eph 4:19; 1 Tim 4:2; Isa 48:22, 57:21; 1 Pet 2:11; 2 Pet 2:7-8).
Memory Verse: 1 Peter 2:11
Day 1: Read 2 Kings 5:20, Heb 12:15, Matt 26:14, 2 Kings 5:21, and discuss: What are some of the characteristics of one who is like a “spiritual barrel”? What are some ways these characteristics manifest themselves during worship? Who are we likely to deceive by such behavior? What things do we pursue with greater tenacity than spiritual things? How does this show where our heart’s priorities are?
Day 2: Read 2 Kings 5:21-24, James 2:10, and discuss: How many commandments do we need to break to be guilty of all of the? How does the sin of covetousness relate to our breaking of other commandments? What are some areas of your life that violate those commandments because of covetousness?
Day 3: 2 Kings 5:24-27, Eph 4:19, Num 32:23 1 Tim 4:2, 1 Pet 2:11, and discuss: What things are we hiding that point to a place of compromise? How does lying effect us in how we regard our sin? What does God guarantee would happen to sin we seek to keep a secret? Why does covetousness keep us from having peace? What solution does Peter offer regarding lust that wars against our souls?