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The Reward Trap

But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, thought, "Behold, my master has spared this Naaman the Aramean, by not receiving from his hands what he brought. As the LORD lives, I will run after him and take something from him." But he went in and stood before his master. And Elisha said to him, "Where have you been, Gehazi?" And he said, "Your servant went nowhere." Then he said to him, "Did not my heart go with you, when the man turned from his chariot to meet you? Is it a time to receive money and to receive clothes and olive groves and vineyards and sheep and oxen and male and female servants? "Therefore, the leprosy of Naaman shall cling to you and to your descendants forever." So he went out from his presence a leper as white as snow. (2 Kings 5:20, 25-27)
Gehazi had an opportunity like few others to share in the ministry of a mighty prophet. He enjoyed the opportunity to being mentored like his master had been under Elijah and cou…

10 Commandments or 14 Descriptions?

For centuries people have referred to the words of God given on Mt. Sinai as 'the Ten Commandments.' Yet nowhere in the Bible are they ever mentioned that way. Rather they were specifically referred to as 'the testimony.' They were likely the first physical form of a testimony of God, something we should take quite seriously. This testimony was later placed in the Ark and covered by the Mercy Seat which when assembled took on the name 'the Ark of the Testimony.'
You shall put into the ark the testimony which I shall give you. You shall put the mercy seat on top of the ark, and in the ark you shall put the testimony which I will give to you. There I will meet with you; and from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim which are upon the ark of the testimony, I will speak to you about all that I will give you in commandment for the sons of Israel. (Exodus 25:16, 21-22)
When He had finished speaking with him upon Mount Sinai, He gave Moses th…