Prepared by William Earnhardt for Sabbath School class March 4, 2023.
Main Theme: By appreciating all God has done for us and given to us we can be happy and content without needing things we don’t have.
Read in Class: Isaiah 14:12-24. Discuss the main idea of this passage.
Study: What hints are given there about the fall of Lucifer? How did covetousness play a crucial role in that fall?
Apply: Read 1 Timothy 6:6, 7. How can focusing on what Paul writes here help protect us from covetousness?
Share: Your friend says he covets rich people’s fancy and homes and expensive cars, but all he does is daydream about these things. He says coveting is a pretty benign sin. In light of Ephesians 5:5 and Colossians 3:5 how do you answer your friend?
Read in Class: Joshua 7. Discuss the main idea of this passage.
Study: What happened after the powerful victory at Jericho, and what message should we take from this story for ourselves?
Apply: Think about how easily Achan could have justified his actions: well, it’s such a small amount compared to all the rest of the booty. No one will know, and what can it hurt? Besides, my family needs the money. How can we protect ourselves from this kind of dangerous rationalization?
Share: Your friend says it was not fair for God to allow Israel to suffer such a defeat just because of Achan’s sin? What do you tell your friend?
Read in Class John 12:1-8 and Acts 5:1-11. Discuss the common thread of these passages.
Study: Judas pretended to be concerned about the poor while Ananias and Sapphira pretended to be generous, but what sin lied in all their hearts? How did this sin lead to their fate?
Apply: How can we make sure we do not suffer the same fate as Judas, Ananias and Sapphira?
Share: Your friend asks, which was worse? Ananias and Sapphira keeping the money or lying about giving the entire amount? What do you tell your friend?
Read in Class: 1 Corinthians 10:13. Discuss the main idea of this passage.
Study: What promise is given here, and why is this so important to understand in the context of covetousness?
Apply: How then, in God’s power, can we be protected against this dangerously deceptive sin?
- Make a decision to serve and depend on God and to be a part of His family. “Choose you this day whom ye will serve; … but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD” (Josh. 24:15).
- Be daily in prayer and include Matthew 6:13, “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.” When feeling covetous of something that you know you should not have, pray over it, claiming promises in the Bible for victory, such as 1 Corinthians 10:13.
- Be regular in Bible study. “Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You” (Ps. 119:11, NKJV).
Share: What, if any, have been the consequences in your own life from covetousness? What lessons have you learned? What might you still need to learn from them?