1 Kings 20:11
And the king of Israel answered, “Tell him, ‘Let not him who straps on his armor boast himself as he who takes it off.’”
When I read this verse I knew I liked it but it took me a couple of times it to understand the simple message that King Ahab, the king of Israel, was conveying to King Ben-Hadad, the king of Syria.
King Ben-Hadad had gathered all his forces together, which included the armies of thirty two other kings. That must have been a substantial military force. For some reason Ben-Hadad wanted to conquer Samaria which was part of Israel and part of King Ahab’s domain. Ben-Hadad massed all his forces around Samaria and was ready to attack. Continue reading
You shall not pervert justice. You shall not show partiality, and you shall not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and subverts the cause of the righteous.
God via Moses tries to impart this wisdom upon the Israelites. God knows what man is. God knows that governing produces power, which produces wealth, which produces greed and covetousness.
To those of you who put your faith in government I say read again Deuteronomy 16:19. Continue reading
But he said to him, “Man, who made me a judge or arbitrator over you?” And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”
Here is a simple definition of covetous from the Merriam-Webster Website Dictionary: “feeling or showing a very strong desire for something that you do not have and especially for something that belongs to someone else.”
Covetousness, many would associate that word with greed and that would be correct.
Many would say it applies to the rich because they have so much and want so much more and the rich make them angry. What they don’t realize is that statement demonstrates their own covetousness.
They say life isn’t fair. How comes they get to be rich and I don’t? I want someone to set that right for me.
So the desire for so called “social justice” is most often based in sin, the sin of breaking the last commandment. Continue reading
In a recent post I wrote about 1 Timothy 6:10, where St. Paul tells us that the LOVE of money is the root of all kinds of evil. Again, as I did in that post, I must stress that Paul says the LOVE of money.
So today I thought I would follow up with a post that deals with the three verses which precede 1 Timothy 6:10. Continue reading
1 Timothy 6:10
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.
I think this verse is one of the most misquoted verses of the Bible.
I know as a child and a teenager I often misquoted this verse and I remember my grandmother correcting me.
Most people paraphrase this verse especially when trying to make a compelling case against corporations, profits and capitalism.
They will leave out the one key word. They will say “Money is the root of all evil”. But if you read above, you will notice they omitted “love”. Continue reading