[08:00~] One writer explains "envy"in this way, I think it's well worth quoting; 'Envy is the greatest disease of our age. It is often confused with jealousy and covetousness which have to do with wanting the possessions and priviledges of others. Envy is much more insidious and deadly. Envy is the feeling that someone else's having something is to the blame for the fact that you do not have it. The principle motive is thus not so much to take as to destroy. The envy-er acts against the object of his envy not to benefit himself, but to cut the other person down to his own level or below. The American Puritan Divine Samuel (Willer) defined the "envy" as Quote "A man's repining as neighbour's prosperity, looking upon himself to be hurt by it." And that is a very accurate understanding of this vile emotion. Consider with me just a few examples of envy as recorded in the Scriptures, and its relationship with "malice." Turn with me, if you will, to Genesis Chapter 26. In Genesis 26 & beginning at verse 12. We learn about the prosperity. Genesis Chapter 26 and verse 12, to the prosperity of Issac. & readingfrom Genesis 26 verses 12 to 15:
"12 Now Issac sowed in that land, and reaped(received) in the same year a(an) hundredfold: and the LORD blessed him. 13 And the man became rich (waxed great), and continued to grow richer (went forward, and grew) until he became very weal- thy (great): 14 For he had posessions (possession) of flocks, and (possession of) herds, and great household (store of servants): so that (and) the Philistines envied him. 15 Now(For) all the wells which his father's servants had dug (digged) in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines stop- ped up by filling (had stopped them, and filled) them with earth. " [( )= King James Version(1908)]
And so here with people who looked upon the singular blessing of Issac, and could not live with his success. His success seemed to be a mirror that showed them their lack of success. And here we see again that "envy" was related to "malice". Somebody decided that '...because he has enjoyed all of the success, it is our duty to bring him down. It is our duty to see to it that he has bad days. He's getting enough good days. He needs some bad days. And so we're going to fill in the wells, so that we can be sure he's got some bad days. '
"Envy" is always related to a malicious attempt to do harm to people. And whenever you find malice, you can usually look for the seed of envy in the heart of a malicious individual. If you look with me at the Book of Esther; as you find in the previous book of Job; Esther and Job... Esther Chapter 5 and beginning at verse 9. Again, "envy" is relted to "malice." Malice growing out of envy.
"9 And Haman went out (Then went Haman forth) that day glad and pleased (joyful and with a glad) heart: but when Haman saw Mordecai in the king's gate, that he did not stand (stood not up), or trembled before (nor moved for) him, Haman (he) was filled with anger (full of indignation) against Mordecai. 10 (Nevertheless) Haman controlled (refrained) himself: however, (he) went to his house (and when he came home), and(he) sent (and called) for his friends, and his wife Zeresh (his wife). 11 And Haman recounted to (told) them (of) the glory of his riches, and the numbers of his sons (multitude of his children), and every instiance (all the things) wherein the king had magnified (promised) him, and how he had promoted (advanced) him above the princes and servants of the king. 12 Haman also said (said moreover, Yea,) even Esther the queen (did)let no one but me (man) come with the king to (unto) the banquet which (that)she had prepared tomorrow also(but himself; and to morrow) I'm (am I) invited unto her (also) with the king. 13 Yet all of this (this) does not satisfy (availeth) me (nothing), every time (so long as) I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the king's gate. " [ ( )= King James Version(1908)]
Here he is with the immense wealth, immense prestige, but when he sees his enemy sitting in the preferencial place, and he envies him; he envies that position, and he determines with malice (that filled his) thought that he is going to bring his enemy down. Envy filles his heart.
In First Peter Chapter 2, verses 1 and 2, the Apostle Peter draws the relation- ship between envy and malice, and we do well to take this to heart. 1st Peter Chapter 2, verses 1 & 2:
"1 Therefore putting (Wherefore laying) aside all malice, and all deceit (guile), and hypocricy (hypocricies), and envy (envies), and slander (all evil speakings), 2 Like (As) newborn babes, long for (desire) the pure (sincere) milk of the word, so that by it (that) you (ye) may grow in respect to salvation thereby: 3 If you (so be ye) have tasted the kindness of (that) the LORD (is gracious)." [ ( )= King James Version(1908)]
[16:00~] ...even in the midst of the apparent unexplainedness of Japanese barbarity, just no rhyme or reason to it, the "capriciousness" would be the word, of Japanese barbarity as to "why " they would "(bind up) this man", or "behead this man", as they were walking along. "Kept Inside" reports that in the midst of all the capri- ciousness of the war, not seen in any rhyme or reason for these atrocities, that there was ONE particular observable thing that could be seen. And that is that the man that came in for the worst treatment were all TALL MEN. If you were a man above an average height that diminutive Japanese would single you out. So all of you tall men here I looked out when you were singing the hymns, and I said, "yes, John Carter, he'd be tossed." "Peter McClausky, he would be gone," "Gordon forget it, you wouldn't last a mile!" (laughters) The tall men would be singled out. When I got to the page I pondered that and said, 'What's the reason for this?' 'Do you not think it's reasonable to think of one word, "envy" ?' "Envy" leading to "malice". 'He's a big man! I'll show him who is in charge!' Envy always is related to malice. This is what the envy is. Envy is always linked to it. One writer put it this way, 'Envy is so more unlikely to be modified by seeing others deprived to some advantage than by getting it to themselves. It's not what "they lack" that treacly troubles had done, but what "others have". The envious are not satisfied by the equality; they secretly yearn for superiority and revenge. And this is why we must never allow within our hearts this evil thing to reside. I call upon you young people, Do not become envious of other young people who may be better looking than you are, smarter than you are, of more affluent families than you have! If you allow this kind of sin to develop within your heart, do not be surprised that soon in its train will come malicious thoughts to those other people. And they do not deserve that kind of treatments. "Envy" is a terrible thing to allow within our hearts. [19:46~]