Summary: Describes the Evil of Envy
When Jesus was before Pilate; Pilate tried several times to release Jesus.
One of his attempts was to grant an old Roman edict, that would allow a prisoner to be released at the Passover.
So Pilate offered to release Jesus as the fulfilment of that edict.
To make their decision lean toward releasing Jesus he made them choose between Jesus and Barabbas...
He thought, surely they won’t choose Barabbas over Jesus...
> Barabbas was a wicked multi- murderer...
> The worst they could say about Jesus, was...
"He’s a friend of publicans and sinners..."
In fact, the Bible tells us very plainly why they brought Jesus for execution (v. 10)
> Even Pilate knew it was ENVY!
Pilate thought they would choose Jesus over a wicked murderer!
But, they chose Barabbas over Jesus!
> They HATED Him that much!
The Evil of Envy
I. The Definition of Envy.
A. The Dictionary’s Definition.
1. "Anger or discontent at the good fortune or possession of another".
> Envy is the uncomfortable feeling that one experiences when contemplating the good fortunes of another.
2. The word literally means "to look at with evil intent..."
> Called "the Green Eyed Monster" because it portrays someone who is looking so hard that his eyes turn green.
B. Envy goes beyond jealousy.
1. Jealousy, like envy, has as its object the possessions or position of another.
> But, jealousy is an inward or self-centered disposition.
2. When I am jealous I am hurt for myself.
> "Its not fair, he ALWAYS gets everything; I never get anything..."
> "I try to serve God and all I get is trouble... It’s not fair..."
> JEALOUSY POINTS AT YOUR OWN HURT!
3. But, ENVY points at the other person.
> Envy hates the individual that has what I want.
> Envy doesn’t just want to gain, he wants the other person to suffer loss.
> ENVY DESIRES THE OTHER PERSON TO HURT!
C. The spirit of ENVY is more violent than the spirit of jealousy.
1. A jealous person is usually an introvert.
> He is hurt, angry, and upset; But its because he wants more for himself.
2. An ENVIOUS person is an extrovert.
> He is hurt, angry and upset, and he wants the other person to pay for it.
> He wants REVENGE!
3. Revenge for what?
> The other person is not hurting you by succeeding.
> Nor is he responsible for your success!
> How can someone hate another just because he is more successful?
> How can you blame someone else for your lack of success?
BUT, THAT IS PRECISELY WHAT ENVY DOES!
II. The Concealment of Envy.
A. Church Tradition - The Seven Deadly Sins.
1. Pride, Envy, Anger, Sloth, Greed, Gluttony, and Lust.
> Pride is self-love; Conceit.
> Anger is meanness and hate.
> Sloth is laziness.
> Greed is a lust for money.
> Gluttony is inability to say no to food.
> Lust is the immoral or perverted attraction to sexual pleasures.
2. Envy, as we’ve discovered is"
> "The hatred of another because of their success or position."
B. We would much sooner confess one of the other sins, than ENVY.
1. We would much rather say...
> I have a problem with anger!