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Isaiah 14:12-14; James 3:16, 17; Exodus 20:17; Gen 37; 1 Samuel 18; Matthew 12:14

Memory Text: Proverbs 27:4 Anger is cruel and fury overwhelming, but who can stand before jealousy?

Jealousy was the root of Satan’s sin; is it also the root of all other sins?

  • Contrast Satan’s jealousy with Jesus’ willingness to lower Himself to the level of his creatures.
  • James 3:13-18 Wisdom from heaven is pure, peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy, impartial, sincere.
  • Does this prescribe a passive live?
  • Are there any appropriate things to contend for rather than keep the peace at all costs

Are there lessons in the Biblical examples of jealousy that particularly interest you?

  • Joseph’s brothers
  • Saul’s jealousy of David
  • Religious leaders’ jealousy toward Jesus

What contemporary examples of jealousy do you see?

  • What national and international illustrations can you cite?
  • In what areas of life do you see yourself being jealous?

Is jealousy ever justified? (C.f. lesson question: “Can jealousy ever be good, ever be a motive for improving oneself?”)

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