Hi to you, dear listeners and readers of our sermons! We continue to consider the topic “Envy”. Today is the second and final part.
The essence of ” malice ” is the irritated spirit of a person. In an irritated spirit are the influences, influences, consequences and origins of both the hot temper and the evil deed of our lips.
But anger can also be suppressed so that it is not visible externally. However, in this case, the film of this anger flows further inside, in thoughts. But even such an outcome is God’s fault!
In principle, our walk should be like this, if while walking on our path we encounter something evil, whether we realized it or not, then we must make the final station so that we would be such that completely surrender ourselves to the Lord Jesus.
In this way , we will be people who dwell in the heavenly sanctuary. Otherwise, we will begin to revolve in an atmosphere of ” malice “. Malice in thoughts is evil thinking.
Latent anger can also be like ” anger ” or ” annoyance “, be like ” hostile ” thinking. With regard to anger, a person most often disagrees in one case.
Mentally, a person systematizes or disposes this disagreement, this “ no ” before God, not as a sin, but we leave it as it is: if it is a sin, then we leave it as a sin.
Perhaps we are patient with it, perhaps we are still happy about this and think: how witty we are! Though it’s just an annoyed spirit from below.
An increase in ” hostile ” thinking and ” anger “, as a result, is found and manifested in ” hatred “.
Hatred exists only from the moment sin arose. And hatred is a direct link to murder. Therefore, in the Word of God, hatred is so strongly condemned.
The powers of darkness are hidden behind hatred. Even Jesus’ disciple John says in his first Epistle ch. 2: 11: ” But whoever hates his brother is in darkness, and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes .”
It speaks not so much about “darkness” as about physical darkness, but here it says that a person is in spiritual darkness, in Satan. If a person is in physical darkness, then it is not so scary, because in this case, you can quickly make light.
But he who hates his brother in his behavior, in his walk is in spiritual darkness, in Satan and his demons. Through hatred, enmity becomes the property of one’s neighbor!
But this happens only if the love of Jesus is not given to the neighbor. This is hatred! On this point, we read further in 1 John 3:15:
“ Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer ; and you know that no murderer has eternal life dwelling in him . ”
Therefore, in God’s eyes, murder does not begin there, when someone killed will lie on the ground, but murder begins where the neighbor is not shown love.
The distance between hatred and killing Christ was less than the thickness of a sheet of paper. The children of God have hatred only where they are not completely cleansed of all their sins.
Further, through a lie against one’s neighbor, hatred, antipathy and disgust arise, as was the case with the Lord Jesus. I read from John 15:25: ” But that the word might be fulfilled which is written in their law: they hated Me in vain .”
Let us notice in this text one important fact: an impact without a reason is a lie. Annoyance or annoyance – there is a little hatred. If this hatred is directed against people, then there is guilt.
If I am bitten by a dog and I am annoyed, then this is not a reason for me to sin. It is clear. Since the love of God has been poured out into our hearts, as we read in Romans 5: 5:
” But hope does not shame, because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, given to us .” Therefore, every saved person has a Divine instrument in his hands.
We see this in the fact that the children of God can use this feature of the Divine essence, which surpasses all other features of the Divine essence – this is His love.
And where? First of all, again to God and to all who were redeemed by the blood of Jesus. These are the ones that the Lord Jesus loves inwardly. Whoever loves his neighbor, the saved one, loves the one whom the Lord Jesus loves inwardly.
In this we see the fellowship of His love. At the same time, in the end, the point is not what this person is like, what kind of single-use glass containers it is.
But the question is whether this person is the object of Jesus’ love! These are His redeemed ones, for whom He died on the cross of Calvary.
Which He acquired as fruit through His painful labor of His sufferings, as His property. Now let’s turn to Romans and read in Romans 8:32:
“ He who did not spare His Son, but gave Him up for all of us, how will He not give us everything with Him ? “.
In Christ Jesus, our heavenly Father has given us God’s love. Who does not love his neighbor, whom he sees, how can such a man love God, Whom he has not seen and does not see? The Bible puts this condition as an absurdity.
We learn about the love of a neighbor who is saved in the thinking of such as they generally stand in relation to Christ. Everything else is sheer nonsense, because the Bible explains everything else as ” nothing .”
We, all children of God, will very soon all rejoice when we fully know how the Lord Jesus loves us. This has a beneficial effect on our soul.
For many believers, this was already a deep-seated encouragement, if they could be told: dear brother or sister, please believe that the Lord Jesus loves you all.
This cannot be said about us so simply as the first one. We must always put our Lord Jesus first because it is true.
Our love is very short, limited, constrained, oblique, crooked, hunchbacked. It has thorns and thorns. There are believers who want to show a different love, but at the same time they injure others with hundreds of daggers.
However, they themselves do not notice this. But the Lord Jesus loves such people too, because He redeemed them with His blood.
Therefore, the highest and most noble task of Jesus for us is that we fulfill His greatest trait of the essence, which was hidden before Calvary, so that we live in this essence!
How could then hostile thinking, anger and hatred, which are envy, have a place in us? Then the Lord Jesus would not be great in our hearts.
And now we come to the last statement of Duden’s explanatory dictionary in relation to ” envy “: “to envy someone in something .”
In this case, the envious person does not want the other what he has. In German, for such a case, there is one very expressive word ” missg ö nnen “, which is not available in Russian.
Therefore, I will repeat this situation in relation to the Lord Jesus, as we read in Luke 9: 58: “ Jesus said to him: the foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head . ”
Although Jesus did not have where He could lay his head, the Pharisees and scribes envied Him in that, or did not want Him for what He had in spirit. All of this expresses envy.
Not all believers view jealousy as a sin. In conclusion, we can say: unfortunately, not all!
For many, and even for the children of God, envy is simply hidden and exists like a smoldering fire under the upper layer, waiting for the next ventilation of oxygen to revive this smoldering fire in order to fan it again.
“Z avist ” is so powerful that believers cannot tame this element if they are patient with it, which they received from Satan’s poison chamber as a blessing of darkness.
Unfortunately, Satan keeps many of God’s children for a long time, out of envy, spiritually barren, and some even throughout their entire earthly life.
It is here, in such a case, that one should, through all spiritual means, with all determination separate oneself and get rid of the power behind this sin.
The more inwardly we served this sin, the harder and tougher the struggle for deliverance from this sin. In no case does this ” unwillingness ” for the other to use what he has, is there a desire to have the advantage of the other himself.
It does not have to be, as it is written in the law in Exodus 20:17: “ Do not covet your neighbor’s house; do not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his servant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is with your neighbor . ”
Envy does not have to entail this, that is, in order to enjoy the advantage of a neighbor himself, but only the other should not own what he has!
But most often and most of all, an envious person becomes in his envy against God’s guidance in relation to his neighbor, and does not want the other to have this guidance. Here we see a great sin.
Anyone who wishes everything good to others, at the same time blesses him! And the one who does not wish another success, does not wish him what he has, he revolves in a curse.
Thus, the Lord Jesus shows us at the same time what “ envy ” is in the eyes of God. And if our main text says: “ for he knew (Pilate) that they had betrayed Him out of envy, ” then we now pose the question: did the scribes know about this too?
Did they know that? We must answer this question with the word “No! They did not know it, that they had betrayed Jesus out of envy. They betrayed Him by false claim
that they do it on the basis of diligence with the law. After all, Jesus was One who defied the law. But they condemned Jesus because they did not know that this was their Messiah,
Who came to them as the end of the law as it is written in Rom. 10: 4: ” because the end of the law is Christ, to the righteousness of every believer .”
Why didn’t the scribes know this? With sin, envy was part of them, and sin blinds us. He who lives in envy does not recognize this evil guilt in himself, but others see this guilt.
Pilate – this godless despot – saw and knew exactly this envy of the Jews. He saw it. Wasn’t Pilate also jealous? We now have such a legitimate question. Of course, he also had a certain envy.
Now I want to highlight two points of how people in particular fall into this guilt of ” envy “:
- On the basis of the ” log-knot ” theory , thanks to the one-sidedness of our sinful essence, we possess this quality: to see us better than our neighbor.
- He who, in his own filth of sin with others, is directly in guilt, as we see here in envy, has no light in relation to himself.
The Jews of that time were at both points in guilt before the Lord Jesus! But Pilate was only once in this guilt before Jesus. This is according to clause 1.
Lower guilt in this matter allowed Pilate to know that the Jews betrayed Jesus out of envy. Pilate had no jealousy against the Lord Jesus, despite the fact that Jesus preached the doctrine and the Word with great power.
Even though He had great wisdom about the Word, or performed many miracles. All this left him as cold as ice.
He had nothing to do with that. All this did not arouse any envy, hatred, or enemy thinking in Pilate. However, the Lord Jesus Himself speaks about this in John 19: 10-11:
“ Pilate saith to him: do you not answer me? do you not know that I have the power to crucify You and have the power to let You go? 11 Jesus answered: you would not have had any authority over me if it were not given to you from above;
therefore, there is more sin on the one who betrayed Me to you (that is, Judas Iscariot has more sin than Pilate) ”.
Let us notice this fact in Jesus’ answer to Pilate. In conclusion, we read in v. 12: ” From that time on, Pilate sought to release Him .”
From that moment on, Pilate powerfully and actively sought to intercede for Jesus, because the decision of the Jews to execute Jesus went too far for Pilate. Jesus did not even make a single evil judgment against Pilate, so Pilate resolutely decided to intercede for Jesus! Pilate decided to let Jesus go.
But Pilate did not underestimate something. Pilate’s personal sins, universal sins, could not free Christ.
For such a step, Pilate was too sinful in his usual economy of his sins. And then Pilate assumed responsibility plus all his sins through the death of Jesus.
Together with Pilate, all of the then people of Israel fell under the guilt of blood through the murder of the Son of God. We read about this in Matthew 27,24-25:
“ Pilate, seeing that nothing helped, but the confusion was increasing, took water and washed his hands before the people, and said: I am innocent in the blood of this Righteous One; you look. 25 And answering, all the people said, His blood be on us and on our children. ”
Now we see a confluence of sin and guilt if they are not cleansed of them. In a word: we see it in “ envy ”. Therefore, it is very important for all of us children of God that we all strive for complete cleansing.
If we or others recognize envy in us, then we must take care to get rid of this sin.
If through the misinterpretation of the Word of God, or through the misinterpretation of the actions of the Holy Spirit, such nasty things start to pester us, then we must immediately turn to the sanctuary and hand these things over to our Lord Jesus.
So that we do not become a source of spiritual cancer for others, for the work of Jesus and for His testimony. So that the enemy cannot lead us from one sin to another. Let’s transfer envy to the place that God has designated for this.
This place is Golgotha! Therefore, we come to Christ, who suffered for this and died on the cross, but also exclaimed: “It is finished!”
At this point, I wanted to end my consideration of this topic of ” envy ” and say an Amen, but the Holy Spirit kept me from this for a moment and made my heart look into the numerical symbolism that Willie Pasedag developed.
I was curious to know how many times the word “ envy ” appears in the Bible because it is such a poisonous sin? And what do you think, dear brothers and sisters? I was wrong in my expectations.
The word “ jealousy ” occurs only 9 times in the Bible, which means “ fruit ”, both material and spiritual. Three times in the Old Testament, and 6 times in the New Testament. What does this tell us?
With regard to the death of Jesus on the cross of Calvary, Pasedag draws our attention to the fact that Jesus died at the ninth hour, as we read in Matthew 27:45: ” From the sixth hour, darkness was over the whole earth until the ninth hour .”
And then Pasedag writes: “ Our Lord Jesus died at the ninth hour. It was the hour of darkness, in which wickedness also comes to its maturity ”and bears fruit!
Article 46: “ and about the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice: Eli, Eli! lama sawahfani? that is: My God, My God! why did you forsake me? “.
And God (but not the Father) left the Son in the power of darkness, in order to judge the sins of the whole world on Him!
The word “ envy ” occurs 6 times in the New Testament. The number 6 symbolizes our old man, old Adam, our flesh, which has no promise, as we read
in 1 Corinthians 15,50: ” But I will tell you, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God (they have no promise), and corruption will not inherit incorruption .”
We know the tribe of Ephraim as a rebel among all the tribes of Israel, who was always dissatisfied with his lot. Please read about this in the book of Judges chapters 7-8.
Therefore, I would like to note in the prophet Isaiah what he says about “ envy ” in the 1000-year-old peaceful Kingdom of Heaven in the book of the prophet Isaiah 11: 6-13:
“ Then the wolf will live with the lamb, and the leopard will lie with the goat; and the calf, and the young lion, and the ox will be together, and the little child will lead them.
7 And the cow will graze with the bear, and their cubs will lie together, and the lion, like an ox, will eat straw. 8 And the baby will play over the snake’s hole, and the baby will stretch out his hand on the snake’s nest.
9 They will not do evil and harm in all my holy mountain, for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters fill the sea.
10 And on that day , the Gentiles will turn to the root of Jesse (Jesus) , who will become like a banner for the nations, and his rest will be glory.
11 And on that day, the Lord will again stretch out His hand to restore to Himself the remnant of His people, which will remain with Assur, and in Egypt, and in Patros, and at Khus, and at Elam, and at Shinar, and at Hamath, and on the islands of the sea.
12 And he will lift up a banner to the Gentiles, and he will gather the exiles of Israel, and the scattered Jews he will call from the four ends of the earth. (And now – the most important thing!).
13 And the envy of Ephraim will cease , and those who are at war against Judah will be destroyed. Ephraim will not be jealous of Judas , and Judas will not oppress Ephraim . ”
Since “ envy ” inflicts immeasurably great harm on the work of the Lord Jesus, the Apostle James writes in his Epistle of James in chapters 3,14 and 16 “ But if you have bitter envy and contentiousness in your heart, then do not boast and do not lie to the truth.
16 for where jealousy and contentiousness are, there is disorder and all evil . ”
If we consider all nine Scriptures in which the word “ envy ” is found, then we will learn many more useful and instructive things for our spiritual life.
But let us end our consideration of ” Envy ” on what the wisest man on earth Solomon said about it in the book of Ecclesiastes 4: 4:
“ I also saw that every work and every success in business produces envy between people. And this is vanity and vexation of the spirit! “. Amen.