Isaiah 14:12-14; James 3:16, 17; Exodus 20:17; Gen 37; 1 Samuel 18; Matthew 12:14
Memory Text: Proverbs 27:4 Anger is cruel and fury overwhelming, but who can stand before jealousy?
Jealousy was the root of Satan’s sin; is it also the root of all other sins?
- Contrast Satan’s jealousy with Jesus’ willingness to lower Himself to the level of his creatures.
- James 3:13-18 Wisdom from heaven is pure, peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy, impartial, sincere.
- Does this prescribe a passive live?
- Are there any appropriate things to contend for rather than keep the peace at all costs
Are there lessons in the Biblical examples of jealousy that particularly interest you?
- Joseph’s brothers
- Saul’s jealousy of David
- Religious leaders’ jealousy toward Jesus
What contemporary examples of jealousy do you see?
- What national and international illustrations can you cite?
- In what areas of life do you see yourself being jealous?
Is jealousy ever justified? (C.f. lesson question: “Can jealousy ever be good, ever be a motive for improving oneself?”)