16 Nov 2014

KJV Verses That ALSO Talk About Money & Verses That Are FORCED To Talk About Money (IV)


We have come a long way now. In case you missed any of the former posts of this series please use these links to follow KJV verses that talk about money I, II, III. Thank you.

Today I will be sharing 4 verses with you, three that also talk about prosperity, finances and well being, and one passage/true story (mistakenly called a parable) about a certain rich man and Lazarus.

Please join me.

Verses that ALSO talk about wealth

Divine security, insurance and good health

Ps 23 : 2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

Prov 3:24 When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.

Ps 127:2 It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.

If you have ever needed sleeping pills to sleep, you will not take sound sleep for granted when you get one without tranquilizers. As a doctor, I tell my patients we don’t like prescribing sleeping pills to patients especially for a long duration of time due to its addictive nature.

Being able to lie down in your bed under your roof is a privilege, but being able to sleep soundly is a gift and by his grace. And you should never take it for granted. The Israelites enjoyed this privilege because they were the people of God, and we do too today because we belong to him.

Someone once said that money can buy you a vitafoam or Mouka foam, or the best IKEA bed furniture, but it can’t give you good sleep. There is a kind of sleep you have when you are covered by insurance- your house is insured, your cars are insured, your business is insured. Whenever you are yet to fully insure any asset of yours, you don’t get that kind of sleep.

However, if your faith in a mere paper document of an insurance company can induce sleep for you simply because you pay your premium regularly, how much more trusting the Word and his eternal words written in the book of life.

In these 7 verses, we also see God promising them that ‘they shall lie down and none shall make them afraid’: Lev 26: 6, Job 11:19, Jer 30:10, Jer 46:27, Eze 34:28, Micah 4:4, Zep 3:13.

Claim that blessing for yourself by confessing it in prayer every day, and before you sleep every night, and you will find yourself sleeping like a baby. No! …like Sijinius. Lol. (I can sleep! lol)

Passage about money that is misquoted

He said No, to Father Abraham, he must have said No, to Moses and the Prophets too.

Luke 16: 19-30

The story about ‘The rich man and Lazarus is not a parable, it is a true story with real names being mentioned by Jesus, something he doesn’t do normally, and didn’t do with any other ‘parable’ he ever told. Yet you hear some people quote it as a parable Jesus told warning rich men that they will go to hell for being rich.

Jesus never said a rich person will go to hell (this passage), neither did he say a rich person will not enter the kingdom of God (they also quote Luke 18:25- it is easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye….). Check my explanation of Luke 18:25 in my post of biblical paradoxes here.

There are two reasons why the rich man was in hell, and they weren’t his riches. Though there is no particular reason that can be deduced for why the poor man was in Abraham's bosom, it definitely was not because he was a poor beggar, else every beggar will be in heaven simply because of that fact.

· Father Abraham told the rich man that he is being tormented because he had good things while he was on earth yet he didn’t share it with the beggar. (How do I know? Check Vs 21, Lazarus ‘desired’ to be fed but he wasn’t). His attitude to the poor was against what the Law commanded. Deut 15:7

· The other reason why he was in hell: Vs 30-31. He said No, to Father Abraham even in Hell, after Father Abraham told him that his brothers have Moses and the prophets to listen to. The reason why he said No, was definitely because he had also said no when he was alive by not following their teachings, so he guessed that his brothers will behave exactly like he did.

So if anyone today refuses to listen and follow Jesus’ teaching (because Moses and the prophets all prophesied of him and said we should listen to him -Deut 18:15-18), such a fellow will go to hell simply because of that fact, whether rich or poor!

Some might argue that it is easier to be righteous when you are poor, but Prov 30:9 already lets us know that even poverty can make a man steal and offend God. It is not in the money/cash you possess, it is your heart.

[By the side, I always wondered why Jesus mentioned that dogs licked Lazarus wounds until I read that scientists have discovered that dog saliva contains antibiotic property against E. coli and Strep.]

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