Envy and the Servant of God
The servant of the Lord should never be envious, or he would miss his/her call to serve in the quest of bringing others to the Kingdom.
Genesis 37: Joseph’s brothers were envious because he was their father’s favorite son.
Numbers 12: Aaron and Miriam were envious of Moses status before God and his mediation for the people of Israel. Miriam became a leper as consequence of her envy. If this is not clear, I do not know what would clarify this sin consequence better than the story in Numbers 12.
Wisdom 2: 24. “But by the envy of the Devil, death entered the world, and they who are in his possession, experience it.” Now we know why he is so ravenous after our affairs. I am not a theologian and of course, my opinion is just hearsay, but I believe that he is always envious of our status as kids of the Father, which he was not to begin with, before departing God’s company.
Wisdom 6: 22-23. “Now that wisdom is, and how she came to be, I shall relate; and I shall hide no secrets from you, but from the very beginning I shall search out and bring to light knowledge of her, nor shall I diverge from the truth. Neither shall I admit consuming jealousy to my company, because that can have no fellowship with wisdom.”
Matthew 27: 17-18; 20 “So when they had assembled, Pilate said to them, ‘Which one do you want me to release to you, Barabbas, or Jesus called Messiah? For he knew that it was out of envy that they had handed Him over. The chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowds to ask for Barabbas but to destroy Jesus. …They answered, ‘Barabbas!’ Pilate said to them, ‘Then what shall I do with Jesus called Messiah? They all said, ‘Let Him be crucified!’’But he said, ‘Why? What evil has the done?’ “(Here Pilate decides to wash his hands and hands Jesus over.)
Mark 15:15. “So, Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowds, released Barabbas to them, and after he had Jesus scourged, handed Him over to be crucified!”
It is abundantly clear that envy can carry many to commit heinous crimes; even against God…It is also interesting how Pilate acted as the best politician of our century would… Justice was far away from his heart. He had wisdom, the wisdom to see the chief priests and elders’ envy, but his need to be important to others regardless of the truth (pride), made him commit the same crime that Jesus’ enemies were begging for… This is a huge lesson for us.
Acts 5: 14-15; 16b-17-18. “Yet more than ever, believers in the Lord, great numbers of men and women, were added to them. Thus they even carried the sick out into the streets and laid them on cots and mats so that when Peter came by, at least his shadow might fall on one or another of them…….and they were all cured. Then the high priest rose upon and all his companions, that is, the party of the Sadducees, and filled with jealousy, laid hands upon the apostles and put them in the public jail.”
I became very aware that any infinitesimal amount of envy could cloud my wisdom and I could commit an injustice in no time at all.