Hebrews 6 Lesson

Appointing Deacons

DEACONS

In Chapter 6, we see an example of how to appoint people to conduct the works of the Church. This became necessary because one of the important roles of the Church (taking care of widows) was being neglected. Many churches refer to those serving in this role as “Deacons.” 

The Twelve Apostles knew that being a deacon was important work. They also knew that their role was to continue preaching the Gospel. Therefore, they searched for others to serve as deacons to make sure the needs of the Church were being tended to.

The Hebrew writer tells us that the Apostles selected seven men.

There were two qualities that each of these men possessed:

  1. They were all of good reputation,
  2. They were all full of the Spirit and of wisdom.

This example can be useful in selecting leadership roles in the Lord’s Church today. Just as in the early Churches, we need to have a system in place to make sure that the needs of the congregation are being met.

JEALOUSY AND ENVY

In Hebrews 6, we learn that one of the deacons selected was a man named Stephen. Stephen was performing great wonders and signs among the people. Once again, jealousy and envy would surface, and Stephen was dragged away and brought before the Council. 

This is yet another example of evil people with selfish motives stirring up the people with false reports. Why do people do this? Because of jealousy and envy – two powerful tools of the devil.

We have seen similar situations arise with Jesus and Paul. People became jealous and envious of the attention that they were getting. Their sinful desires grew to the point that they eventually killed both Jesus and Paul. 

The Bible has a lot to say about jealousy and envy. Some additional scriptures are provided below:

  • “But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so  lie against the truth. This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, and demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing.” – James 3:14-16,

  • “A heart at peace gives life to the body,

but envy rots the bones.” – Proverbs 14:30,

  • “Wrath is fierce, and anger is a flood, but who can stand before jealousy? - Proverbs 27:4,

  • “For jealousy enrages a man, and he will not spare in the day of vengeance.” - Proverbs 6:34.

God does not want us to be jealous or to envy.  He feels so strongly about it, that He included it as one of His Ten Commandments:

  • “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.” - Exodus 20:17.

CONCLUSION

God wants us to appreciate the things that we have rather than focusing on what do not have.

We put ourselves in spiritual danger when we spend too much time looking around at what others have, instead of looking up and seeking to do God’s will.

We will conclude today’s lesson with the following scripture:

  • “Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.” - Colossians 3:2.

Comments

Steve McCall

Shouldn’t the Scripture reference be Acts 6?

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chasity bourda

I see a lot of jealousy In this world and It"s sad I think that's why we have a lot of killing and homicides In this world and racisim and It:s not right

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