Greed And Its Effects


Welcome to the course material focusing on the theme of 'Greed And Its Effects' in the Old Testament. Throughout the biblical narratives, the concept of greed emerges as a persistent and destructive force that can lead individuals astray and have profound consequences on society as a whole. This course delves into understanding the nature of greed as portrayed in biblical stories, identifying instances of greed, analyzing its effects, and drawing valuable lessons on contentment.

Understanding the concept of greed in the Old Testament: Greed is depicted as an insatiable desire for wealth, possessions, or power beyond what is necessary or rightful. As we explore various stories in the Old Testament, we encounter characters whose actions are driven by greed, leading to moral decay and disastrous outcomes. By examining these narratives, we aim to grasp the essence of greed and its implications.

Identifying instances of greed and its effects in biblical narratives: The Old Testament vividly illustrates episodes where individuals succumb to greed, disregarding ethical boundaries and moral principles. From the story of Ahab coveting Naboth's vineyard in 1 Kings 21 to the account of Gehazi's dishonesty in 2 Kings 5, we witness how greed can corrupt hearts and minds, resulting in betrayal, suffering, and loss.

Analyzing the consequences of greed on individuals and society: Greed not only impacts the individuals possessed by it but also ripples through communities and nations, leaving a trail of devastation in its wake. Through careful examination of the aftermath of greed in biblical tales, we delve into the far-reaching implications of selfish desires, shedding light on the fractures it creates in relationships and the societal fabric.

Draw lessons on the dangers of greed and the importance of contentment from the Old Testament stories: While the stories of greed in the Old Testament serve as cautionary tales, they also offer profound insights into the virtues of contentment and gratitude. By reflecting on the narratives of repentance, forgiveness, and redemption following acts of greed, we uncover essential lessons on the perils of an unquenchable appetite for more and the virtues of finding satisfaction in what one has.

As we embark on this journey through the Old Testament, exploring the theme of greed and its effects, we are invited to ponder our own attitudes towards wealth, possessions, and power. By immersing ourselves in these timeless stories, we are challenged to reevaluate our priorities, cultivate contentment, and strive for a deeper understanding of the dangers of greed in our lives and society.


  1. Draw lessons on the dangers of greed and the importance of contentment from the Old Testament stories
  2. Analyze the consequences of greed on individuals and society
  3. Understand the concept of greed in the Old Testament
  4. Identify instances of greed and its effects in biblical narratives

Lesson Note

Greed is a destructive personality trait characterized by an intense and selfish desire for something, particularly wealth, power, or food. The Old Testament provides vivid depictions of the consequences of greed, portraying its negative impacts on individuals and society. By examining these narratives, we can draw valuable lessons on the importance of contentment and the dangers of excessive desire.

Lesson Evaluation

Congratulations on completing the lesson on Greed And Its Effects. Now that youve explored the key concepts and ideas, its time to put your knowledge to the test. This section offers a variety of practice questions designed to reinforce your understanding and help you gauge your grasp of the material.

You will encounter a mix of question types, including multiple-choice questions, short answer questions, and essay questions. Each question is thoughtfully crafted to assess different aspects of your knowledge and critical thinking skills.

Use this evaluation section as an opportunity to reinforce your understanding of the topic and to identify any areas where you may need additional study. Don't be discouraged by any challenges you encounter; instead, view them as opportunities for growth and improvement.

  1. What sin did Ahab commit in 1 Kings 21 due to his greed? A. Murder B. Theft C. Coveting Naboth's vineyard D. False witness Answer: Coveting Naboth's vineyard
  2. What was the consequence of Ahab’s sin of coveting Naboth’s vineyard? A. Ahab was blessed abundantly B. Ahab's kingdom was destroyed C. Ahab's lineage was preserved D. Ahab and his descendants faced judgment Answer: Ahab and his descendants faced judgment
  3. In the story of Gehazi in 2 Kings 5, what sin did he commit out of greed? A. Lying B. Stealing C. Pride D. Murder Answer: Stealing
  4. How did God respond to Gehazi's sin of greed in 2 Kings 5? A. God rewarded Gehazi for his actions B. God overlooked Gehazi's sin C. God punished Gehazi with leprosy D. God ignored Gehazi's transgressions Answer: God punished Gehazi with leprosy
  5. What lesson can be learned from Ahab's story regarding greed? A. Greed leads to prosperity B. Greed causes destruction and judgment C. Greed is a sign of God's favor D. Greed is harmless Answer: Greed causes destruction and judgment

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Past Questions

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Which of the following was the major sin attributed to Hophni and Phinehas? They

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In the epistles, corruption is often linked to which of the following vices?

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