9 Nov 2014

KJV Verses That ALSO Talk About Money (But You Won’t Know) & Verses That Are FORCED To Talk About Money (III)


Today we continue the series. If you missed the first two parts, please read them here Part I and Part II.

Scriptures that also talk about money

John 6:12 When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost. [wastage]

Jesus performed a miracle when he multiplied a little boy's 5 loaves of bread and 2 fishes, using it to feed more than 5000 people. You will think since it was five loaves and two fishes that fed 5000, Jesus won't be bothered about the excess. But he personally instructed the disciples to gather the fragments...that nothing be lost.

This is one of my my favorite bible verses on wealth mentality. In Nigeria, we are used to wasting things, how do I know? We lack a good maintenance culture. When you see anyone who does not maintain what he has (been given), such a person is a waster, and the bible aptly describes it in Prov 18:9, "He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster." Is it wise to not maintain a new thing and then spend money buying another one? Is that not foolishness? Yet we see so much foolishness in government, rather sad, anyway.

The bible is against wastage just as much as it is against laziness. And that is why if we will be good stewards of the money God has given us, we must learn to 'gather up our fragments' (efficiently manage leftover/resources). Read my articles on Waste Management here.

However, you will hear some pastors say that Jesus told them (the disciples) to gather the leftovers in order to give back to the child, as his gift/giving in the first place was an investment, so the leftovers were for him.

If you also subscribe to such a teaching/interpretation, you immediately move this scripture down to the category below....

(read my articles on giving/giving back, to know why such a teaching is wrong)

Scripture verses that talk about money but often misquoted

Luke 16: 13 (KJV) No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

Many people think mammon refers to the devil when they quote this scripture out of context. Mammon simply is Money. How do I know? Read the scripture together with other scriptures, starting from verse 1. 

Jesus started by telling a parable of the crooked managed (Shrewd manager in KJV), and how he showed that he was very streetwise and smart in worldly terms. (Read my article here on the explanation of this parable if you have not )

Jesus was chiding the religious leaders who claimed to belong to God but whose behavior to money showed that their true allegiance was to mammon/money. They literarily worshipped money, not God.
This scripture never ceases to amaze me each time I read it. God has clearly told us that if we don’t treat money the very same way/with the same mindset he would (if he were in our shoes), it means our loyalty is to mammon.

See how The Message puts verses 10-14:  Jesus went on to make these comments: If you’re honest in small things, you’ll be honest in big things; If you’re a crook in small things, you’ll be a crook in big things. If you’re not honest in small jobs, who will put you in charge of the store? No worker can serve two bosses: He’ll either hate the first and love the second Or adore the first and despise the second. You can’t serve both God and the Bank. When the Pharisees, a money-obsessed bunch, heard him say these things, they rolled their eyes, dismissing him as hopelessly out of touch.(emphasis mine)

This isn't to scare us, but to make us begin to ask "How can I spend my money in the way that will take the glory from me, and give it to God?"

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