Weekly Teachings by Erik Momsen
by Erik Momsen
There are twin evils of poverty and greed in the world and Christians need to understand and live between these poles. Poverty is an evil the Father did not intend for his children. In the very verse after God created us he says;
"God blessed them ... Rule over the fish of the sea ... birds ... every living creature ... I give you every seed -bearing plant ..." (Genesis 1: 28,29) These are not words of lack but because of sin suffering entered the world. "Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life". (Genesis 3:17)
The Bible has many very wealthy men and woman but their hearts are after God.
"Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver and in gold". (Genesis 13:2)
Of Jacob it says; "And the man increased exceedingly, and had many flocks, and maidservants, and male servants, and camels, and asses." (Genesis 30:43)
"And God said to Solomon, Because this was in thine heart, and thou hast not asked riches, wealth, or honour, nor the life of thine enemies, neither yet hast asked long life; but hast asked wisdom and knowledge for thyself, that thou mayest judge my people, over whom I have made thee king: Wisdom and knowledge is granted unto thee; and I will give thee riches, and wealth, and honour, such as none of the kings have had that have been before thee, neither shall there any after thee have the like." (2 Chronicles 1:11,12)
The issue with all the wealthy men of the Bible is that their focus was God, not on their wealth. They lived for God and their people.
Jesus confirms this focus on the things of God.
"Therefore if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much rather clothe you, little-faiths? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, With what shall we be clothed? For the nations seek after all these things. For your heavenly Father knows that you have need of all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you." (Matthew 6:31-33)
WHY DOES IT GO WRONG FOR SO MANY?
1) God is not yet their Heavenly Father. If Jesus could say to the Jews the devil is their father. then this still applies to many. John 8:44
2) Many do not believe their Father is Good.
3) Many do not listen to their Father's voice .
4) The voices of the world are too loud and they run after these to their destruction.
"For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows". (1 Timothy 6:10)
5) We need a heart honouring of God as our only source
"But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day. And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the LORD thy God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish." (Deuteronomy 8:18,19)
6) Many are lazy.
"Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase". Proverbs 13:11
"Laziness throws one into a deep sleep, and an idle soul shall suffer hunger". (Proverbs 19:15)
"For even when we were with you, we commanded you this, that if anyone would not work, neither should he eat". (2 Thessalonians 3:10)
"But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially his family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an infidel. Do not let a widow be enrolled under sixty years old." (1 Timothy 5:8,9)
7) Goodness and righteousness produces blessing.
"I have been young, and am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, or his seed begging bread." (Psalm 37:25)
"Evil pursueth sinners: but to the righteous good shall be repayed. A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children's children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just." (Proverbs 13:21,22)
Date Added: 2009-11-02
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