There are many explanations about greed…but today we will explore about the impact on the stages of a life of man with an example.
Ever wondered why man lives longer than animals (donkey, dog & Owl)? This maybe one of the good examples of portraying the greediness that lies in man. God created different living creatures on earth and left them to live on earth. The living creatures were donkey, dog, owl and man.
So, the God decided to give each creature with life span of 40 years to each. Donkey then realized it’s too long for him to have 40 years. So, he went to God and asked for reducing his life span. So, God said, “Okay, I will remove your 20 years of span.
At the mean time, man went to God as he was intelligent but was greedy and full of covetousness. So, man went to God and asked for more life because he wanted to live more. So, God granted his wish by adding 20 years (total of 60 years) more, which was compensated by donkeys’ life.
Similarly, dog was also frustrated to live his life for 40 years. So, he decided to go to God and ask to reduce his life span. So, he was also granted to reduce his life span by 20 years. Again, man went and said “Could you increase my life a little bit more?”. So, God granted his wish and the man could live further more of 20 years (total of 80 years). Similarly, owl didn’t want to live for 40 years.
However, man still wanted more life. So, he could spend 20 years more (total of 100years). Now, lets think more. Man lived for 40 years as God initially gave him 40 years…but at the end he is going to live for 100 years because of his greed.
The table below will explain clearly the 60 years acquired from different animals by man.
|Acquired from (20 years)||Explanation|
|Donkey||After 40 years of age man needs to work like a donkey for future of family.|
|Dog||After 60 years of age man becomes old and everyone around starts to go away and mock about because of the age.|
|Owl||After 80 years of age, man will have high probability of eyesight problems.|
If only man hadn’t been so greedy, the life would be so different. So, the bible says,
A greedy man stirs up strife,
but the one who trusts in the Lord will be enriched.
Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool,
but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.
Whoever gives to the poor will not want,
but he who hides his eyes will get many a curse.
When the wicked rise, people hide themselves,
but when they perish, the righteous increase.