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2 KINGS 5:20-27

A few years ago in Boston, the bodies of two elderly women were discovered in their small apartment. They had died a few days earlier. An autopsy revealed malnutrition was the cause of death. But hidden in the mattresses and sewn up in pillows and draperies was nearly $200,000 in cash! The ladies died because they didn’t use what they had to meet their daily need for food. In reality the bottom line was greed killed them.

One cannot read the Bible without finding incidence after incidence where men wanted that which wasn’t their’s. In the Garden of Eden, Eve coveted the forbidden fruit and brought sin and death into the world. At Ai, Achen coveted some gold, silver and expensive garments and brought defeat to a nation and death to himself and his family. Ahab coveted Naboth’s vineyard and committed murder in his attempt to grab what belonged to another. David coveted Bathsheba, Uriah’s wife, and as a result brought the sword of God into his household for generations. Judas was motivated by a covetous heart. Annanias and Sapphira lied to the Holy Ghost because they were covetous. -Alan Carr

In this chapter, we see the little maid who was used of God in the healing of Naaman, and now in these verses, we see Gehazi who is trying to use God.

James Hastings wrote, “We might call him the Ananias of the Old Testament.

Rev. George Barlow wrote, “Gehazi was the Judas Iscariot of the Old Testament

This morning let us look at the things that Gehazi did that led to his awful punishment at the end of this chapter.


But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, Behold, my master hath spared Naaman this Syrian, in not receiving at his hands that which he brought: but, as the LORD liveth, I will run after him, and take somewhat of him.

Naaman, a Syrian soldier, had many servants, and we read how wise and good they were, v. 13. Elisha, a holy prophet, a man of God, has but one servant, and he proves a base, lying fellow.

Elisha, his master refused Naaman’s treasures, but he coveted them, he desired them. v. 20. His heart (says bishop Hall) was packed up in Naaman’s chests, and he must run after him to fetch it.

ILLUSTRATION: Donald Trump said “you can’t be too greedy.” On the other hand Jesus Christ put Greed together with evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, wickedness, deceit, eagerness for lustful pleasure, envy, slander, pride, and foolishness.

ILLUSTRATION: Dr. Ken Trivette shares the following story. "On the night of November 16, 1930, Mrs. Henrietta Garret, a lonely 81 year old widow died in her home in Philadelphia, and, unwillingly, started the most fantastic case of inheritance litigation in history. She had failed to leave a will, or no will was found to her $17,000,000 estate; a mystery still unsolved. She had expertly handled her financial affairs since her husbands death in 1895 and therefore many