What is Mammon?
9 Apr 2017
Jesus did not throw words around, so it is significant that he used the word “mammon” at least four times in the New Testament. When he used it, he did not simply mean money; he deliberately used the word “mammon” to show us what happens when we become attached to money. But mammon’s influence does not just stop with wealth. If we are not vigilant, this spirit will extend to every area of our lives and convince us to trust it instead of God. It tries to motivate us to do more things for it than for God, with the goal of replacing God as the source of what we need. In the book of Exodus, this spirit convinced the people that they did not need God, and its strategy has not changed This evil spirit will deliberately lead us astray and abandon us, but God will always extend his mercy and grace when we need him.
A. Mammon is not money. It is the spirit of deceitful riches that lies to us.
B. We must be careful not to unwittingly make mammon our god.
- He who is faithful in that which is least is also faithful in much, and he who is unjust in the least is also unjust in much (Luke 16:10-14).
- Jesus’ parable, as well as the entire chapter, is about a steward who was unfaithful with his master’s goods because he was influenced by mammon.
- The original translation of mammon is “deceitful riches.” Money with the spirit of mammon on it becomes deceitful.
- Money is neither good nor bad; it takes on the spirit of who has it. How it is used depends on whether its owner is under the influence of God or mammon.
- Mammon refers to the desire to pursue wealth as a primary goal in life. The Bible says to seek God first, and everything else will be added (Matthew 6:33).
- The devil took Jesus up to a high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. He said to him, I will give you all these things if you will fall down and worship me (Matthew 4:8, 9).
- Mammon tried to seduce Jesus; there is no reason not to think it would try the same trick with us.
- Whatever mammon offers us is deceitful. Everything from this spirit is designed to fool us into thinking that walking with it will end well, but mammon always leaves us in a pit.
- When Jesus entered Jericho, Zacchaeus climbed a tree to see him as he passed by. Jesus looked up and saw him, and said to Zacchaeus to come down quickly, because he had to stay at his house that day. Jesus then told another parable to teach about the link between money and faithfulness (Luke 19:2-24).
- Zacchaeus first felt the favor of God when Jesus looked up and greeted him.
- Zacchaeus had previously been under the spirit of mammon, but a meeting with Jesus freed him to become a giver.
- Be careful for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God (Philippians 4:6).
- We are told to be anxious for nothing. Being anxious about our unmet needs is a sign that we worship mammon.
- No one can serve two masters; either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will stand by and be devoted to the one and be against the other. You cannot serve God and deceitful riches, money, possessions, or whatever is trusted in (Matthew 6:24-32, AMPC).
- We must stop being perpetually uneasy, anxious, and worried.
- Aim at and strive for first of all his kingdom and righteousness, his way of doing and being right, and then all these things taken together will be given you besides. Do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day is its own trouble (Matthew 6:33, 34, AMPC).
- When we live in the present instead of the future, the Holy Spirit will give us the grace need at the moment.
- We need not fear the future.
Luke 16:10-14 Luke 19:2-24
Matthew 6:33 Philippians 4:6
Matthew 4:8, 9 Matthew 6:24-34, AMPCaggai