Greed

Two Thousand Hogs Drown - Mark 5:11 – 5:20 (commentary)

It was night time (Mk. 4:35) so you can imagine the eerie scene. At the legion of demons’ request Jesus allowed them to enter into a herd of two thousand hogs coming down the mountain nearby (vv. 11-12). Immediately these swine ran into the lake and drowned (v. 13). The men takin …

Results of Religious Greed - Acts 19:21 – 19:41 (commentary)

Nothing will whip up passions more quickly than religion. Some of the worst wars in history have been religious wars. It is the religious element that has made the situation in Iraq so volatile and ruthless in the day in which we live. With over one sixth of the world’s pop …

The World Mourns Babylon’s Fall - Revelation 18:9 – 18:19 (commentary)

The fall of commercial Babylon is covered in this passage. The context of chapter 18 with its many references to the kings and merchants and commerce shows that, in this setting, Babylon is viewed in her political, economic, and commercial character, rather than in her religious …

The angel and Balaam’s donkey. - Numbers 22:22 – 22:41 (commentary)

This passage is about Balaam, his donkey and the angel. Balaam was a man ready to obey God’s command as long as he could profit from doing so. Although he realized the awesome power of Israel’s God, his heart was occupied with the wealth he could gain in Moab. God let Balaam go w …

Properties of the City and the Priest - Ezekiel 45:1 – 45:25 (commentary)

In the division of the land Israel is to present to the Lord a portion of the land as a sacred district (vv. 1-6). This rectangle of land will be divided into two equal portions, each about 8.3 miles long and about 3.3 miles wide. The first portion, in which will be locat …

We Are Never Satisfied and Always Want More - Proverbs 30:11 – 30:17 (commentary)

Four kinds of undesirable behavior - (vv. 11-14) Children who are disrespectful - “Curseth their father... doeth not bless their mother” (v. 11)People who are hypocritical - “Pure in own eyes... yet not washed from filthiness” (v. 12)People who are arrogan …

Ahab Defeats The Assyrians - I Kings 20:1 – 20:25 (commentary)

The scene now switches temporarily from Elijah to an account of Ahab’s reign. This chapter begins with the first of three battles over Samaria. These are between Ahab and Ben-hadad, king of Israel’s northern neighbor. This Syrian leader, Ben-hadad, was greedy for lan …

Gehazi’s Greed And Punishment - II Kings 5:15 – 5:27 (commentary)

Naaman returned from the Jordan to Elisha’s house in Israel (about 25 miles). With a deep sense of gratitude and hands full of gifts, he attempted to pay Elisha, but the prophet refused to accept anything for his ministry (vv. 15-16). Naaman’s urging did not budge Elisha. The …