The Love of Money is the Root of all Evil – Part 2

1Timothy 6:9-10 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 

‘The love of money is the root of all evil.’ The love of money – not money itself – is the root of all these evils of 1Timothy 6:9-10. Even the love of it is not the root of all evil that has ever been. Neither Lucifer nor Adam fell because of love for money (3:6; Gen. 3:1-24; Isa. 14:12-14; Ezek. 28:11-17). Cain (Gen. 4:1-26); Sodom and Gomorrah (Gen. 19:1-38); David (2Sam. 12:1-31) and many others in Scripture went into sin for reasons other than the love of money. Not all men love money. Only some covet it and reap these evils of 1Timothy 6:9-10.

‘Coveted’ [Greek: oregomai] covet (6:10) and desire (3:1; Heb. 11:16).

‘Erred’ [Greek: apoplanao, err (6:10) and seduce Mark 13:22]. Here it means to err totally from the faith in Christ they once had. They could not err or be seduced from a faith they never did have.

‘Sorrows’ [Greek: odune] Only here and in Romans 9:2. The allusion here is to the snare or pit, where the victim falls upon the many sharp stakes in the pit and is pierced through with them.

Having riches is not a sin, but having an attitude about it is most definitely. A lot of rich people have no values whatsoever, but they look down on those who have fewer riches than them. Their end is described in Scripture, such as Psalms 37 and 73, etc.

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