Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church
3701 L.B. McLeod Road
Orlando, FL 32805
Reprinted from Radio Program "WE BELIEVE"
Print #57, CT #102083
"Envy, A Coal Hissing Hot From Hell"
"Said the willow to the thorn, 'Why is it that
you have such interest in the clothes of those
who pass you by?' Said the thorn to the willow,
'I really have no interest, for those who pass
by me. My interest, for those who wear them,
is to tear them."
Envy is a terrible thing. It is a tearing thing. Euripides
said, several thousand years ago, that the greatest illness of the
human race is envy. Perhaps it is. As we look at the Word of God,
we're going to see a story in this chapter of the terrible tragedy
of envy. I do not know if you've ever envied anyone, or if you've
ever been the victim of envy, but probably somewhere along your life
you have, because it strikes everywhere.
It strikes publicly. For instance, when you study the Book of
Samuel, you'll see where Saul and David had some difficulties. The
problem was not so much with David, but with Saul, because Saul
heard them singing, "Saul has slain his thousands, but David his ten
thousands," and envy rose within him. This led him into great sin
later in his life.
You'll find that envy can happen in everyone's life. An athelete
envies another athlete's ability. A girl envies what another girl
is able to wear to school or because she's prettier. Or he is
handsomer than you are. Or he got the promotion. that you c,hould
have gotten. Or they live in a better community. Whatever it may
be, there is the awful danger of envy wherever you live and whoever
It can also happen in the church. It happened in the very be-
ginning. Cain and Able had problem in church. When they came to
worship, Cain got jealous and envious of what Able brought to God
and because he didn't get the approval that Abel did, he killed him.
Cain's been killing Able ever since. You can just about see that
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