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Beware of Covetousness
In the Book of I Kings, the account is given of a man named Naboth, who owned a vineyard next to the palace of King Ahab. The King desperately wanted the vineyard for himself and offered to buy it from Naboth or trade a better piece of property for it. Naboth, however, recognized that God had entrusted this property to him and his descendants, and it was not something that he could sell or trade. (See I Kings 21:3.) In the end, Ahab had Naboth killed so that he could possess the land. This story provides a prime example of covetousness and illustrates the importance of Jesus’ command:
“. . . Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth” (Luke 12:15).