The word mammon is a Chaldean word meaning ‘wealth’ or ‘riches.’ Mammon became personified and Yeshua alluded to it being a master to be served.
“No one can be slave to two masters; for he will either hate the first and love the second, or scorn the second and be loyal to the first. You can’t be a slave to both God and money” (Matthew 6:24).
In the Middle Ages, many believed Mammon to be a fallen, dark-hearted angel. They though of him as a powerful demon and called him one of the “Seven Princes of Hell” who had more than six million demons willing to help inspire envy and greed in humans to eternally corrupt them.
Before Mammon was expelled from the heavenly realm, he wanted to obtain the golden streets rather than be a leader of angels. Like his co-conspirators who rebelled against Adonai, he was cast into the Abyss where he waits for judgment.
Timothy reveals the evilness of Mammon when he wrote that ‘loving wealth’ had a root of evil. So where ever there is great evil, the root is wealth and money.
This ‘love of money’ has caused some to leave the faith and pierce their own hearts with great sorrows. In the Greek, ‘craving’ is the word for ‘stretching out toward and having been seduced’ by wealth.
“For the love of money is a root of all the evils; because of this craving, some people have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves to the heart with many pains” (1 Timothy 6:10).
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