The Root of Evil

pride
We like (love!) to misquote Paul in saying that money is the root of all evil. In reality, this is what Paul told his young disciple Timothy – “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.” ‭‭1 Timothy‬ ‭6:10‬ ‭ESV‬‬. It is not money, but the love of money. Even that is not root of all evil, but all kinds of evil. This is certainly true – many evil things men will do to get more money into their accounts…

root_of_all_evil

But the  real root of all evil, including the root of our never ending desire for money, is pride. All the way back to Genesis 3, it was for pride and the desire to be like God that we ate from the one tree which was prohibited and got thrown out of the Garden of Eden.
It goes back farther than that even. Jesus gives us a glimpse (and a warning) when the 72 He gave authority to and sent out return to Him rejoicing in their success. The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!” They returned to Him on a glorious high, having had much success on their first evangelism trip. They had apparently won hearts over to the kingdom of God, and had even done some healing and cast out demons while they were at it.

satan-falling
But Jesus has a warning for them – And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” It is said that Satan, Lucifer, was once the head angel in Heaven, beautiful in voice and appearance. He was the worship leader in Heaven, seated at the right hand of the Father. But he got so full of pride that he rebelled against God, because he wanted to be God. It was for this pride that he was cast out of heaven and down to this world.

getting-kicked-out
Have you ever been kicked out somewhere because of pride? Ever lost a job, a relationship because of pride? Jesus here warns his disciples against getting prideful in the abilities He has given them. They’ve had their success, but the chief of all the angels fell to pride and was cast out of heaven because of it. The warning to His disciples, and to us, is that our greatest glory will never be the things we do, but that which Jesus has done for us.
As William Barclay puts it – “Pride bars from heaven; humility is the passport to the Kingdom of God.”

humility-helping

“The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!” And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.””

‭‭Luke‬ ‭10:17-20‬ ‭ESV‬‬

http://bible.com/59/luk.10.17-20.esv

John Lewis

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