Hebrews 6. Forum Discussion

In Chapter 6 we see an example of how to appoint people to carry out 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 12 Apostles knew that being a deacon was important work. They also knew that their role was to continue preaching the Gospel. So they searched for others to serve as deacons.

The Hebrew writer tells us that the Apostles selected seven men, “Of good reputation” and “Full of the Spirit and of wisdom” to be put in charge of making sure that the widows were being cared for. The Apostles wanted to devote themselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word. – Hebrews 6:4.

One of the deacons selected was a man named Stephen. Stephen was performing, “Great wonders and signs among the people.” – Hebrews 6:8. 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. What does the Bible have to say about jealousy and envy? Here are some helpful scriptures:

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, 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

But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth.” – James 3:14

God does not want us to be jealous or to envy. You can look straight at the 10 Commandments and see that.

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

Instead, God wants us to appreciate what we have been blessed with. God wants us to be humble. God wants us to love our neighbor and serve others. Praise God for all His blessings and for today’s forum. Amen

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