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“Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit…”


we will go

The word “go” in Greek carries the idea of not finding a permanent home. There is instability in this. He always hops from one place to another. Ancient Greek used this word of a dog scratching for fleas. First, he scratches his tummy, then behind his ear, then behind his leg. The flea never finds a permanent home.


Covetousness never arrives at a goal because it is insatiable in desire. 


The sin of covetousness never finds a landing. There is always something more to lust after. There is always another bundle of money to make. There is no final goal for acquiring money. That is why covetousness is idolatry. 

Co 3:5, “Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.”